Marissa is nearly eighteen and can't wait to leave behind her traumatic past. With long time boyfriend Drake, she thinks she has her future all figured out--until she discovers his betrayal. She flees to a desolate beach on the wild Oregon coast hoping to escape her pain, where, overcome with emotional and physical exhaustion, she dozes off beside a log. When the first icy waves strike her, it is too late: a rogue wave drags her out to sea.
Somehow she survives, and now each night she dreams of a creature who rescues her. Determined to discover the truth, her obsession deepens until she once again risks her life in the frigid ocean. Will the creature Marissa seeks save her? Will she be lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or will Jim, her new boyfriend, keep her from drowning in the abyss?
UNDERTOW is a contemporary Young Adult novel in which a young woman finds a terrible choice thrust upon her: overcome the pain in her past and the dangers which lurk in her mind, or succumb to these and be lost forever inside a beautiful dream. Sometimes, the deadliest dangers lie within.
“A brilliant, realistic story about the power of obsession . . . starts out subtle then hits you full on like a rogue wave”
“. . . anyone who loves contemporary fiction will adore this one.”
“. . . an impressive first novel, with many elements of interest and value woven into a story of a young woman's coming of age in Portland, Oregon.”
“a breathtakingly emotional story . . .”
About the Author:
Callie Kingston lives in the Pacific Northwest with an assortment of furry creatures (husband included). She holds a master’s degree in psychology. When not writing, she likes to explore the outdoors, the forests and beaches along the Oregon coast. She also enjoys a great cup of cappuccino, which happily is easily found in her part of the world.
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