Wednesday 23 April 2014

Blog Tour Stop: Surrounded by Water by Stephanie Butland

Today I am delighted to be a part of the blog tour for Surrounded by Water by Stephanie Butland with a review and giveaway.
Please do check out the tour stops below for some other great content.


Elizabeth's world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic drowning accident.
How typical of her kind, generous husband - a respected police officer - to sacrifice his own life saving a complete stranger's.
Or so she thinks.
What exactly was her husband doing at the lake that night? And what if his death isn't the most difficult thing she will have to deal with?
Elizabeth must face the consequences of her husband's actions. As she does so, it seems that the end of Mike's life is only the beginning of his wife truly getting to know him.


It's always so refreshing to come across a novel that is written in such a unique way and Surrounded by Water was exactly this.

Elizabeth finds herself husbandless after losing him following a tragic accident where he drowned after saving a girl from drowning herself. Elizabeth is racked with grief. But when suspicions arise about what Michael was doing on that night and does Elizabeth really know the man she fell in love with.

It was so hard to read the pain and the grief that Elizabeth was going through as grief is such a powerful, hurtful thing and I really understood what Elizabeth was going through. I wanted things to turn out as best as they could for her. And when she started writing letters to Michael that very nearly broke my heart, it was so sad.

Stephanie really cleverly weaves in hints of suspicion surrounding the events that lead to Michael's death, and rather than building up and building up to it, she expresses what you as reader think might have happened through the characters suspicions and rumours going around Throckton village. The slight mystery surrounding Michael's death kept me reading on, and as Stephanie gives out ever so subtle hints, I start reading faster so that I could find out.

I think what I loved most about this was how Stephanie delicately sews descriptions of water into the book, whether is is describing a characters feelings and emotions or the events that happened. 

A beautiful, but sad novel that kept me turning the pages.


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  1. I really want to read this one!

  2. Sounds a wonderful read. Fingers crossed :)

  3. Sounds a powerful read. Fingers crossed :)