Lost meets Stranger Things in this eerie, immersive YA thriller, thrusting seventeen-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her.
Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run of the mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets locked in the sunken craft. But this time … the dive goes terribly wrong.
About The Author
Leslie Karen Lutz is a devoted fan of scuba diving and creature horror. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Typishly, Orca Literary Journal, The Lyric, and Raintown Review. She has been a speaker at the DFW Writers Convention and is an active member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop. She draws on her volunteer experiences–including her time teaching GED courses at the Atlanta Women’s Prison–to tell stories that challenge stereotypes about forgotten people.
Reviews and Press
Brooke Fossey, author of The Big Finish
“Fractured Tide will leave you holding your breath and turning the page. Leslie Lutz has layered atmospheric prose, teenage angst and a terrifying under water monster to perfection.”
Fractured Tide is “an escapist thriller that will reel readers right in…Lutz strikes the perfect balance of realistic and uncanny, and Sia’s dive sequences, in particular, are seriously spooky.”
Manhattan Book Review
“Written as diary entries dedicated to Sia’s incarcerated father, the story evolves into one of the best examples of science fiction, as it encompasses so many facets of the genre…perfect for readers who enjoyed Deep Water by Watt Key or episodes of Stranger Things.”
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