The Girl Who Broke the Sea

THE GIRL WHO BROKE THE SEA is a gripping, mind-expanding YA “sci-fi” thriller set in the deep ocean about one girl’s path to self-acceptance and belonging – and a community’s terrifying struggle for survival.

An atmospheric, satisfying YA sci-fi thrillerGuardian

Riveting debutWaterstones

An ominous, evocative science-fiction thrillerNew Scientist


Something sinister is stirring in the depths of the ocean….And it’s calling out to Lily….

Lily’s emotional problems run deep – three miles deep.

After she gets kicked out of school for her destructive behaviour, Lily agrees to an unusual fresh start: going with her mum to live at Deephaven, an experimental deep-sea mining rig and research station located at the bottom of the ocean. But Lily instantly regrets her decision: claustrophobic and isolated, it’s hardly her idea of home.

Turns out, Deephaven has problems of its own… Lily and her mum quickly learn that the head scientist has disappeared – just as he was on the brink of a shocking discovery. In the darkness of the deep, something is stirring … something dangerous.


A Connors is a former physicist and former child who likes writing stories and building unlikely, poorly thought-through gadgets.

He spent his PHD underground at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), helping to design one of the detectors for the Large Hadron Collider. He’s also taught physics in Sudan, sold encyclopaedias in Chicago and fit Wi-Fi in the refugee camps in Greece. In his spare time he manages an engineering team for Google Health, a project that aims to use big data and machine learning to improve the quality of healthcare. He lives in Hertfordshire with his partner, two boys and a dog.

THE GIRL WHO BROKE THE SEA is his debut novel. Connors is represented by Kate Shaw at the Shaw Agency.