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Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including Breathless, The Inbetweeners, The Tudors, and Fresh Meat. In 2017 Catherine will feature in political thriller Fearless and new BBC comedy Bucket. She also has appeared on stage in the West End including Oppenheimer for the RSC, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award.
The perfect couple. The perfect crime? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all. But do they? On a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Everything is perfect. Until they find something in the water. Something that will change their lives forever. Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret. No one else need know; they trust each other implicitly. But someone else does know. And in situations like these, it is far better to trust no one, not even those closest to you ... Set to be the blockbuster read of the summer, this is an unmissable, fast-paced, jaw-dropping thriller from a debut writer destined for great things.
FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SOMETHING IN THE WATER - MEMENTO MEETS SHARP OBJECTS IN THIS GRIPPING NEW THRILLER 'Fans of The Silent Patient will love it' CJ TUDOR 'Very clever, brilliantly compelling' BA PARIS 'Original, ingenious and utterly gripping' JP DELANEY 'Had me racing through the pages' SARAH VAUGHAN The past holds its power over them . . . He wants to remember. She needs to forget. A man is found barefoot and barely conscious on an empty Norfolk beach in the middle of January. He is unable to speak and without identification. Interest in the case is sparked immediately. At the hospital they see him as a medical mystery. The press calls him Mr Nobody, and everybody wants answers. Who is he? And what happened to him? When neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to find out, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. It also means returning to the small town in Norfolk she was forced to leave fourteen years ago. Pushing bad memories aside, she is determined to help her new patient. A man who doesn't remember, and a woman who remembers too much. He shouldn't know anything about her. Especially not that. In this compelling new thriller, Catherine Steadman explores the human mind, moral dilemmas and hidden secrets. Her previous thriller, Something in the Water, was a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick in 2018 and a Richard & Judy Book Club pick in 2019. PRAISE FOR MR NOBODY 'An enjoyable, nail-biting ride' Observer 'Original, ingenious and utterly gripping, with characters you'll really care about as they race towards the brilliantly unexpected ending' JP Delaney 'From the intriguing opening to the shocking ending, I loved it...' CJ Tudor 'Very clever, brilliantly compelling, another amazing read from Catherine Steadman' BA Paris 'A highly imaginative tale tinged with Hitchcockian tension and kinetic pacing... Deliciously provocative... Delightfully compelling' Washington Post 'Perfectly paced with an exciting race to the end, this is one clever novel' Woman's Weekly
'Ingenious and intriguing' BA PARIS 'I devoured this Londoner in LA story in a day' CAROLINE KEPNES 'I loved it' TM LOGAN 'Engaging and suspenseful' NEW YORK TIMES THE NEW GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MR NOBODY AND SOMETHING IN THE WATER * A woman has gone missing But did she ever really exist? Mia Eliot has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes. At an audition she meets Emily, and what starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her. Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Why would someone pretend to be Emily? Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong. In an industry where everything is about creating illusions, how do you know what is real? And how much would you risk to find out? Praise for The Disappearing Act 'Like Chekhov's gun, the Hollywood sign is mentioned early, leading to a great, extended scene far above the city - and to a genuine Hollywood ending' NEW YORK TIMES 'Engrossing and unputdownable . . . I devoured this Londoner in LA story in a day' Caroline Kepnes 'A fascinating glimpse of the darkness behind Hollywood's glittering facade. I loved it' TM Logan 'Another page-turning winner from Catherine Steadman. Ingenious and intriguing, with a fascinating insight into the acting world' BA Paris 'As tense as John Buchan and suspenseful as Patricia Highsmith' Emma Bamford 'Glamour, greed and gaslighting - the perfect summer read!' Harriet Walker Praise for Catherine Steadman 'A thriller for our times' Louise Candlish 'A proper page-turner' New York Times 'Fans of The Silent Patient will love it' CJ Tudor 'Had me racing through the pages' Sarah Vaughan 'An enjoyable, nail-biting ride' Observer 'Original, ingenious and utterly gripping, with characters you'll really care about as they race towards the brilliantly unexpected ending' JP Delaney 'From the intriguing opening to the shocking ending, I loved it...' CJ Tudor 'Very clever, brilliantly compelling, another amazing read from Catherine Steadman' BA Paris 'A highly imaginative tale tinged with Hitchcockian tension and kinetic pacing... Deliciously provocative... Delightfully compelling' Washington Post 'Perfectly paced with an exciting race to the end, this is one clever novel' Woman's Weekly
An intriguing and altogether thrilling tale that played games in my mind and twisted my thoughts. A man with no memory is found on a Norfolk beach, neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess him. Emma, however, has secrets… and Norfolk is the very last place that she wants to be. The prologue focussed my attention and stayed with me throughout. As chapter one and day one started, followed by chapter two and day six, I realised that an unsettled feeling would also be keeping me company. Time slides forwards from each of these two chapters, the jagged sequence leaving my emotions hanging as the following chapter sped away again. Catherine Steadman allowed me to see, feel, and experience, her descriptions vivid in their intensity. As suggestions whispered and cajoled, the story eventually overtook and whipped them into shape. If you like to be kept on your reading toes then Mr Nobody could just be the very book for you.
'Worthy of Hitchcock' The Sunday Times. As heard on MY FAVORITE MURDER. The perfect couple commit the perfect crime in this New York Times bestselling thriller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick! Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they're determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. On the tropical island of Bora Bora Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her - she knows he'll keep her safe. Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water. Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret -- after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events... which will endanger everything they hold dear. *~*~*Praise for SOMETHING IN THE WATER*~*~* 'A thriller for our times ... Catherine Steadman is a fresh and playful new voice and I can't wait to see where her imagination takes her next' Louise Candlish, author of Our House 'Pure adrenaline: I swallowed this book whole' ERIN KELLY, author of top ten bestseller He Said/She Said 'An unputdownable story' Amy Engel, author of The Roanoke Girls 'A fascinating moral dilemma, a fast-paced examination of the slippery slope and the precarious foundations our middle-class lives are built on' Gillian McAllister, author of Everything but the Truth 'An unbearably tense debut with a knockout premise ... thrilling and thought-provoking' Riley Sager, author of Final Girls 'Brilliant' Catherine Isaac, author of You Me Everything 'A proper page-turner!' New York Times
A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debutfor readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.';A psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. What unfolds makes for a wild, page-turning ride! It's the perfect beach read!'Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . . Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . . Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman's enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we're tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.Advance praise for Something in the Water';With unreliable characters, wry voices,exquisitepacing, and atwistingplot, [Catherine] Steadman potently draws upon her acting chops. . . . A darkly glittering gem of a thriller from a new writer to watch.'Kirkus Reviews(starred review) ';Captivating . . . daring . . . The threats and increasingly bad decisions accelerate with Bourne-like velocity. . . . Steadman [is] a newcomer worth watching.'Publishers Weekly ';An unbearably tense debut with a knockout premise, Something in the Water had me hooked from the very first sentence. Thrilling and thought-provoking, it's the perfect beach read. I devoured it!'Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls