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This book is very hard to classify which can be a bad sign but is not in this case simply because the story is strong. If you’re expecting a traditional romance, though, you’ll be disappointed. There is a confusing, realistic, at times frightening, romance that doesn’t hold to the markers expected in a traditional romance. The book is, however, mainly an environmental thriller with a mystery to solve that aspiring investigative reporter Teal Douglas is capable of undertaking if she only has faith in herself.
I’m going to avoid major spoilers, but I’ll say one of the reasons it doesn’t follow traditional romance guidelines is because Teal is in a long-term relationship through most of the story that is not the love story. This relationship is both toxic and abusive, clear from the beginning, though I felt Edward/Bear was a little overdrawn at times in both the descriptions of him and his behavior. I didn’t always agree with what Teal chose to do, but at the same time, I always understood why she did make those choices, so I’m divided. It’s certainly as complicated and messy as real life. The love story is a low-key romance that has non-explicit sex and is mainly about the people coming together because of what they believe in.
As might be expected with my characterization of an environmental thriller, there’s a strong environmental message mixed with mysticism in a beautiful blend of spiritual tradition and scientific knowledge. For the most part, the story is grounded in the contemporary world with a clear understanding of the problems we face not just in what’s happening to our planet but also clear in the mentality that drives the wealthy to act as they do.Read more ›
In Edward/Bear, Ben has provided a character that I truly wanted to die, multiple deaths within these pages. There were many times I wanted him to be punched, shot, drowned, eaten, etc. In the island, he has provided the auspicious myth of a people who shy away from tourism and outsiders.
I feel as though Ben dared to allow readers to take a glimpse into his own soul and the issues that mattered to him. He did a superb job of bringing the characters to life in these pages and in invoking feeling from his readers. I look forward to reading more of his work and hope he is answering his own calling to make a difference in the world.
** I received a copy of this book for free with the <a href="[...]">For Love of a Book Read & Review Opportunity Program</a>
Is it a sad book? At times very, and yes, it made me cry. But I also cried tears of joy. Then there's the bigger picture, revealed in the subplot that puts everything in a spiritual perspective. Five very well-deserved stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it funny, sad, interesting, unexpected, powerful. I read somewhere that people in book mustn't be "overcooked" or else they aren't believable and in Something in... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.75 (But this one was so close it hurt... literally.)
I'm not sure If I loved Lizzie at first, I found her to be easily sidetracked with a box... Read more
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Great job Ben Starling !!! I am very happy to have your book !!!
Something in the Water is an amalgam of learning to communicate on many levels, evolving and maturing emotionally, and infinite hope. The character development is superb. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nonnie Locke
Teal Douglas is up for her very first investigative journalism award for Musculus Media. And while she isn’t confident that she is going to win, her co-workers are. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Jackson
I loved this book from the very beginning, and couldn't put it down. The story is wonderfully engaging, but with a powerful environmental message. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ESB
Something In The Water is a fast-paced yet thoughtful read.
First, let me recount the story. No spoilers here, so feel free to read ahead. Read more
We received a request to review Something in the Water via email....like most other requests, but something about Ben Starling's email stuck out to me, and I'd like to share it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by CommonBookSense
what kind of a name is Teal for a human woman
please stop ben,
stop straight people