REVIEW: Torchwood: Something in the Water by Trevor Baxendale

2205339Title: Torchwood: Something in the Water
Author: Trevor Baxendale
Year of Publication: 2008
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Hardcover
Length: 249 pages
First Line: “The late Bob Strong.”

Summary: Dr Bob Strong’s GP surgery has been treating a lot of coughs and colds recently, far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob thinks there’s something up but he can’t think what. He seems to have caught it himself, whatever it is – he’s starting to cough badly and there are flecks of blood in his hanky.

Saskia Harden has been found on a number of occasions submerged in ponds or canals but alive and seemingly none the worse for wear. Saskia is not on any files, except in the medical records at Dr Strong’s GP practice.

But Torchwood’s priorities lie elsewhere: investigating ghostly apparitions in South Wales, they have found a dead body. It’s old and in an advanced state of decay. And it is still able to talk.

And what it is saying is ‘Water hag’…

Review: What do stagnant water, flu-like symptoms, and a Weevil dubbed Big Guy all have in common? A lot apparently. And something that sucks is that you don’t see the exact connection until about 200 pages in… and this book is 249 pages long.

Something that I didn’t like is that this book starts with Jack and Owen Weevil hunting, and the reader automatically thinks this was super important to the plot. No, no it is not. We then switch to Gwen and Tosh who are ghost hunting. It might have been me, but because the main story came second, I originally thought of it as less important and kind of blew it off.

This book does not have me craving for more. It is written well, but suspense wise, I am not impressed. The plot is original, and the villain, Saskia, is oddly sexy. ‘Something in the Water’ does not offer anything new about the main characters, except that Jack doesn’t get sick.

Worst part: Don’t think it is very suspenseful. I don’t crave to read more.

Best part: I don’t really want to give away too much about what I think is the best part. Let’s just say it deals with pregnancy.

Grade: C

Recommend For: Of course, fans of the show Torchwood.

Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: Prisoner Of The Daleks and Torchwood: The Undertaker’s Gift


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