Book Review: Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz


48855952Title: Fractured Tide
Author: Leslie Lutz
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Publisher: Blink

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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.

Attacked by a mysterious creature, Sia’s boat is sunk, her customers are killed, and she washes up on a deserted island with no sign of rescue in sight. Waiting in the water is a seemingly unstoppable monster that is still hungry. In the jungle just off the beach are dangers best left untested. When Sia reunites with a handful of survivors, she sees it as the first sign of light.

Sia is wrong.

Between the gulf of deadly seawater in front of her and suffocating depth of the jungle behind her, even the island isn’t what it seems.

Haunted by her own mistakes and an inescapable dread, Sia’s best hope for finding answers may rest in the center of the island, at the bottom of a flooded sinkhole that only she has the skills to navigate. But even if the creature lurking in the depths doesn’t swallow her and the other survivors, the secrets of their fractured reality on the island might.” (Goodreads)


I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. I don’t usually go for eerie books but this one just kept calling my name the more I thought about it.

I can’t say that it was a bad book because I did finish it in a couple sittings since I wanted to know what was going on. It does a good job of pulling you in and keeping you there. There were times I was wondering why I was torturing myself reading this because there were some very creepy things going on, haha. The thing is some of the twists just didn’t feel like they were explained very well and even the ending just felt a bit rushed.

The book is definitely more about the plot than the characters. The characters were fine, I didn’t mind them. Sia was given the most development since she was struggling through family issues. She is the narrator of this until the end where there is a couple pages from someone else.

The biggest thing I didn’t like about this one was the relationship that was blossoming for Sia. It lacked and maybe it was because I wanted her to be with someone else. 🤷‍♀️😂

Overall, I think that the author did a great job of making a very creepy environment but I wished it would have been flushed out just a bit more.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)