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Yves Bonavero
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3 April 2006
It's a steamy, sultry day of a hot Mediterranean summer. Terence, a rich London lawyer, his beautiful wife Cathy, a doctor, and their young daughter Lucy are relaxing on the yacht that is Terence's pride and joy. Suddenly, a storm whips up from nowhere and Terence battles into the night to save the lives of his family. Battered and bruised, they limp into Dubrovnik harbour. Unable to go ashore until daybreak, Cathy tends to her daughter's injuries when a large motor-cruiser pulls up alongside the yacht. Its wounded skipper, the enigmatic Kurt, comes aboard the family's yacht also seeking medical help. As the darkest hours slowly tick by, Terence and Cathy have to listen to Kurt's disturbing story. At sunrise, Terence is a changed man, desperate to cling to his wife and daughter, and accordingly willing to change his life - a life about which, it transpires, he has been somewhat less than candid.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578499
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliantly creepy and worryingly enthralling debut" -- Daily Mirror, April 2006

"I was gripped and enthralled…" -- William Boyd

"a chilling psychological thriller by a debut writer of whom we will certainly hear more." -- The Daily Mail, May 12, 2006

"…an astounding tale…an astonishing and gripping story…" -- The Guardian, April 2006

"…will keep you mesmerised until you have to separate the smokescreen from the final punchline." -- Time Out, April 2006

About the Author

Yves Bonavero was born and educated in Paris. He first worked as a basketball coach with a women's team (who never won a match), then as a goat farmer in Perigord (kept losing his goats), a door-to-door insurance salesman, a magazine publisher, a 'barker' on the floor of the Paris Sugar Futures Market and an air controller in the French air force. In his early twenties, Yves moved to London where he spent fourteen years in the City, where he rose to lead a major financial conglomerate. He left the City at the age of thirty-seven to get acquainted with his family and pursue his interest in languages, literature, philosophy and cinema, going on to found Bonaparte Films. In 1996 Yves went to Oxford to read Philosophy and German, and graduated with a First Class degree in 1999. Encouraged by his Oxford literature tutors, he began to write psychological thrillers. Something in the Sea is his first book. He lives in London.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 18 April 2006
I've never felt moved to post an online review before, but this humdinger of a novel deserves to be read by as many people as possible. From the opening sequence to the disturbing ending, Bonavero builds an uneasy tension that keeps the reader in his thrall.

Whilst the suspense is relentless, the novel also contains a poignant love story. This is what makes the book unique - the two genres are interwoven to create a powerful, moving whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good 27 July 2007
By P. Gill
This is, I believe, the authors first book and it is very good it must be said. The story is essentially a mariners tale about a young family who sail through a terrible storm overnight. when the arrive in the harbour the following morning the meet an enegmatic skipper from another vessle who is injured. he climbs aboard their ship and the woman on board, who is a doctor, treats him while he tells them the most incredible story.

However, the book is written in such a way that I felt the authors first language could not be english (although this is not the case apparently). the language used and the story told by the skipper also seemed a little too elaborate at times, given the actual context of the story itself. The ending of the book is however enthralling and leaves you aksing lots of questions about how and why and so on.

a very good read
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Debut 6 April 2006
By A Customer
"Somthing in the Sea" is the first book by a new author, Yves Bonavero.
It was recommended to me by an editor friend - apparently it has had the publishing industry buzzing.
I was not disappointed- this is a gripping read, the kind of book you may end up reading in one sitting. Be prepared for a ferocious denouement!
I have no intention of spoiling the suspense-filled plot for any future reader, but I can say that the author wastes no time in drawing us into a web of growing tension. Much of the novel is set at sea (as the title suggests!) and barely 20 pages in I already found myself in the midst of a terrible mediterranian storm, brought vivdly to life by a crisp nautical prose. Thereafter the novel takes one twist after another, as we delve into the dark pasts of the various protagonists.
The charactisation is outstanding. One character in particular, the ghostly Kurt (draw your own conclusions about the choice of name), will stay with you long after you finally put the book down.
Not for the fainthearted - a magnificent debut novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 6 Nov 2006
With an ending that is shocking and breathtaking, this is a triumph of a first novel. You will read it in a day or two and you will want to tell the world to do the same. Stop reading this and start reading the book. Utterly unforgettable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly gripping 26 July 2006
By S. King
I should have put it down and spent the afternoon playing with my young children in the sun, but in the end I found it impossible to do so, and so guiltily gulped this fantastic read down in one sitting. Wonderful, buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional thriller 19 Jun 2011
I have to say this is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time - picked up for 50p at my granddaughter's school summer fair - written by an author I had never heard of! I could not put it down until I had finished it - I was enthralled from the very beginning and totally stunned at the ending! An exceptional book by an exceptional author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good !! 13 Nov 2009
I bought this book in a second hand book shop - which I love to do, and was not disappointed. I read it in about 2 weeks (which for a mother of 2 school children is not bad going time wise), and couldnt wait every night to see how the story was unfolding.

Then ending was a surprise, although I suppose all the signs were there. I would have liked abit more information into the ending I think but then again, it wouldnt have made me sit down and think about the whole story again if they had.

Brilliant book, will hold onto it a while longer as I will probably flick back through for references.

Well Done !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 21 Jun 2009
By hiljean VINE VOICE
I've just read this book on holiday and it made an ideal leisure read - a compelling page-turner with plenty of tension and surprises, not least the final twist. It would make an excellent film.

My only criticism is that most of the novel is a story being recounted by one of the characters, a German, who has a surprisingly good command of English and tells the story in a very literate way! It didn't quite come across as authentic from that point of view. Nevertheless I enjoyed it and think it's a good achievement for a first novel.
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