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Something in the Water

(Torchwood #4)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  815 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 249 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by BBC Books
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Mel This takes place after Series 2 episode 3 (To the Last Man) and before episode 6 (Reset). I think it is even before episode 4, but Rhys isn't in the…moreThis takes place after Series 2 episode 3 (To the Last Man) and before episode 6 (Reset). I think it is even before episode 4, but Rhys isn't in the story enough to tell for sure.(less)

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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A flu epidemic is spreading through Cardiff, whilst a strange corpse is found in the water.
It’s a race against time for the Torchwood team to piece together all the clues.

The story is fast paced as the team try and solve the mystery, the characters are also well written.
It really felt like the show.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. Even Owen was great. Actually, he was awesome here. The cases are connected, but you get that right in the beginning. The problem they are facing here is more than serious and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. There are a few moments when you think they've beaten it only to realize the fight isn't over. It was exhausting in a good way. Jack's role is more pronounced, Toshiko got a moment to shine and, as I said, Owen wasn't his usual whinny se
Anna Pothecary
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the storyline, it kept me very gripped.
Interesting and well done for a tie in book. It didn't have enough Ianto for my taste but it was mostly an Owen and Jack book. The plot was solid but this is Torchwood, you usually don't watch or read for the plot. : )
Leila Anani
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’d forgotten how grisly Torchwood could be. 😬 It’s been a few years since I’ve read a book or watched the show, but I remember now.

This was a nice visit back to the characters, and with a great story. The title was spot on, hahaha. The characterizations were great, and it felt like a real thing that could happen in an episode. I’m really glad I wasn’t sick while reading this though, as that’s a huge part of the story. Sore throat, cough, etc. It may haunt me though, the next time I do come down
K. McDevitt
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a hard time reading this book. It was good, but it was also TERRIFYING to me. I don't do well with outbreak/epidemic stories that involve certain death. And that was definitely the entire plot of this story. So, yeah, terrifying.

People are getting sick. There is a water hag causing it. And icky, disgusting mucus creatures are emerging from the backs of people's throats, killing them in an explosion of blood and ick in the process. Yeah. Terrifying.

I did like reading about a completely cl
Tony Pope
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed the Torchwood series on TV, chances are you will enjoy being able to revisit the Torchwood universe introduced by the Dr. Who spinoff.
Tahsina Syeda
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
An okay enough book.
Andrew Butcher
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this author's writing style. A good, fast-paced read, and the clever descriptions made everything easy to visualise.
Кто бы знал, как я скучала по Торчвуду. Недавно вспоминала свой первый просмотр, после которого желания заценить «детского» Доктора даже не возникло. Можно сказать, знакомство с whoniverse началось для меня с океана крови, секса и монстров. Причем монстров – в последнюю очередь.

Раньше я ограничивалась аудио-книжками, но они закончились (печалька, ну), осталась только писанина. Со скрипом я выгрузила все торчвудские книжки в readmill, ткнула пальцем в четвертую по счету и.. пропала на три дня. Ут
Jules Jones
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: torchwood, tie-in
First in the trio of books released for the start of the second tv series. There are a couple of internal references to tell you that it's set between "To the last man" and "Meat", but there's nothing that requires specific knowledge of the show other than the basics of who Torchwood are and what they do.[return][return]Baxendale takes an old British legend and puts a Torchwood spin on it, as a water hag causes havoc around Cardiff. The book starts with several different strands which have no co ...more
Erika Williams
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Baxendale's Torchwood books and I don't seem to agree much. The Undertaker's Gift was uninspiring and focused too much on how perfect and precious Gwen is. Something in the Water suffers from its own set of problems, but as far as reading material is concerned, it's still average. I can't even recommend it on its merits as a Torchwood book.

Something in the Water starts with three different mysteries that of course end up to all be related. A strange disease with flu-like symptoms, a corpse face-
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have been going through serious withdrawal from Torchwood (the best Sci Fi show ever) and I had been seeing these books around but had not picked one up before.

Well the absence of Captain Jack and crew became too much for me the other day so I had to go buy one of the books. This isn't the first book in the series but it was the first one they had available, so into my hands, out the door, and into my house it came.

I was not disappointed by the story, it felt like I was watching a really good
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of "Torchwood" in general and Owen Harper in particular
I found this book to be fun and entertaining, a quick read and not at all challenging, which was what I was looking for when I picked it up. Not much attention is given to developing the "Torchwood" characters, but the book's original characters were better written and more likable than I often find to be the case in TV show novelisations. Baxendale avoids making much reference to the relationship between Jack and Ianto, and in fact Ianto only makes a few comparatively brief appearances, which w ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another brilliant Torchwood story in which the main characters cheat death and managed to save a wide spread alien invasion that was killing off humans at the same time.
The alien in this book is a female creature who, although able to taken human form, is basically made up of mud and weed. She has been using humans to incubate her eggs/foetuses until they are big enough to survive on their own. These babies are lodged in the mucus at the back of a person’s throat causing increasing worsening cou
Niala Terrell-Mason
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this Torchwood adventure book. I really do appreciate that the tie-in novels for TW generally feel more like actual episodes than the DW tie-ins. This one I feel gives a good amount of time to each character and their development, despite it being technically an "Owen" story. I really liked Owen in this book, actually, which is saying a lot considering he and Gwen are tied for being my least favorite Torchwood character. I like seeing him BE a doctor who are cares about people and someon ...more
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whoniverse, sci-fi
Huh. This was surprisingly good. It lacked the character moments present in Twilight Streets and S2 in general, but was a very well plotted sci-fi medical thriller. It was clearly set between episodes 3 and 4 (one very brief mention of Tommy, but Rhys is clueless), but felt like S1. I don't think this guy read scripts - Owen and Ianto, in particular, felt very last season. Ianto had some snark, and did indirectly help with the case, but spent the entire novel in the Hub cleaning and making tea a ...more
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: media-tie-in
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
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The fourth Torchwood book is more focused than the previous three books. For better or worse, there are no personal story lines going on here, and no multiple adventures even though it may seem that there are other things going on.

On one hand, the story kind of reminds me of something like "Outbreak". There appears to be a virulent form of the flu going around. On the other hand there is this real horror element involving what might be a bog haunting ghost. I think this would have made a good ep
Wayland Smith
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I think this is one of the better Torchwood books. It captures the feel of the show and the characters very well, and features humor, action, and the grim despertaion that the Torchwood team wages their battles with.

This novel focuses on Jack, of course, and Owen Harper. Owen doesn't get a lot of focus much of the time, and they explore his character well here.

The team is investigating a lot of odd occurances which naturally end up being related. They also end up finding the basis for the Jenny
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Several of my friends regularly watch/watched Dr Who and Torchwood. I managed to never get into Torchwood when it was on the air. I was familiar with the characters and concepts due to catching bits and pieces of the show or hearing friends discuss some point or other. I'm more of a reader than TV watcher, so I started reading this series as I was interested enough to see what it was all about. At first, I had assumed the novels would just retell the events from the TV show, but these are totall ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: good, series
The storyline was an interesting mix of the mythos and alien intervention which I found fascinating. While there was nothing inherently bad about the book, I found the way that this author in particular wrote the characters didn't quite feel right with me.

Which that of course is the problem with having lots of authors writing one set of characters from something. Still it was fun, good mix of twists and such.

If you're looking for something full of sappy romance, I wouldn't recommend reading this
Katie Bearor
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical when picking this book up. I'm a fan of the show, and books based off television seldom end up worth reading, let alone purchasing. But, with that said, I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Something in the Water was a quick read that was wonderfully simple. It read like an episode would, really, and it was beautiful in the sense that it was centered around Owen and Jack (each character had their own moments, though).
All in all, it's a must-read for
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it

One of the first run of Torchwood novels, which I am just now getting into (just in time for Miracle Day). A fairly standard monster-of-the-week story, the monster in this case being an alien which poses as a lake creature and infects male humans with its offspring. I felt the writing style was a bit clunky at first but it seemed to get tightened up as we went on. The front cover and spine feature Burn Gorman as Owen, and he does get more exposure than the
Chent Higson
Rereading because Burn Gorman is a glorious human and signed my copy for me and I died a little inside <3
Still one of the best books in the Torchwood series.
Originally read from February 13 to 15, 2014
Damn good story. Good ideas well executed with some pretty good dialogue. Not too gory, but far away from tame. I like that the five Torchwood members all had relatively equally important parts, and that there really was very little squishy and disgusting heart warming moments. They can kill a
Miss Lily
Oct 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Debbie
I'm glad BBC Books has released some supplemental stories about Torchwood characters... but I can't say as I enjoyed this one overmuch. It fits with genre and content-- they even have A plot and B plot, which intersect... but I'd never survive this storyline ever being made into an episode (ever), and the visuals weren't fun, they were unpleasant, with people puking their guts out every other page. I'd call his a "horror" genre book before I called it "science fiction" or "fantasy." Horror's not ...more
Jim C
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A book based on the BBC television series. Once again, the Torchwood team investigates an incident with the Rift. I thought the author did a good job with the characters. I had no problem picturing each one. The story had a nice pace and fit nicely with the Torchwood world. The ending was a little too nice and tidy for my taste. If you are a fan of the show, this is worth the read. This should be avoided if you have never seen the show and do yourself a favor and go out and watch it.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: alternative
I always wondered if it is harder or easier for an author to write novelizations like these. They are handed fully developed characters and must create the story around them. Does that limit the creative process or does it open entirely new avenues? In any event, Baxendale handles it well with this adventure for the Torchwood crew facing an inhuman swamp hag.
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Trevor Baxendale is a novelist who has penned several Doctor Who tie-in novels and audio dramas. He lives in Liverpool, England with his wife and two children.

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“I hate the thought of someone never being missed,' said Ianto sadly. 'It's the ultimate humiliation, surely. So unimportant in life that no one even notices when you die.” 7 likes
“That’s bollocks,’ said Owen’s voice over the loudspeakers.
‘That a medical term?’ asked Jack.
‘It is when I use it.”
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