Review: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Posted November 14, 2017 in Review / 17 Comments

Review: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep

Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
by Mira Grant
Published by Hachette, Orbit on November 14th 2017
Genres: Horror
Pages: 512
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price. (From Orbit Books)

Well Written

I’m not a horror genre reader but I do love me some paranormal. Ancient myths and mysteries? LOVE THEM! But I usually only read them in urban fantasies.

So this realistic horror tale was a bit of a departure from my usual reads but I dove in head first with glee because it was Mira Grant and she can really do no wrong in my eyes. And pretty much any of my book buddy friends’ eyes either. Whether she’s writing under this pen name or under “Seanan Maguire”, her talent for weaving words into amazing, emotion filled tales is off the charts.

The story follows the lives of those left behind to piece together the mystery of what happened to a “documentary” crew that went out to the Mariana Trench in search of mermaids and never came back.  Their ship was found floating abandoned in the middle of sea with no clue of what happened to the crew besides a puzzling, rough video showing the “carnage”. The entire incident was believed to be either a hoax or a horrible tragedy with no clear answers to what happened to the crew.

With the filming company’s reputation on the line, families wanting closure in the saga, and non-believing scientists jumping at the chance for some “free” deep sea research time, a second ship is commissioned to investigate the “mermaids” out in the Mariana Trench.

Told in third person, we follow several characters. But the story focuses predominately on Victoria “Tory” Stewart, a marine biologist who studies the sound of the ocean, to put it in simplest terms. The story starts out focusing on her and from her, we meet more of the boat crew and scientists. I’m typically NOT fond of the third person POV but in this instance, Ms. Grant HAD to tell the story that way. It was the best, and frankly the most honest way, to get inside each of the character’s heads…. which lead to more depth to the story.

Every single one of her characters, from the two guys who were ship’s engineers all the way up to who I call my “super” couple, Theo & Jilli, were completely fleshed out and original in their personalities. The overall story is probably half a study in human nature, half in science, and half in the horrors of being trapped in the sea with killers you know nothing about. I stand by my math.

I only have one complaint and it’s a tiny one. When the story was ramping up to the climax and I was expecting the action to start coming at me hard and fast, the characters were still pontificating on and on. I felt like it was getting in the way of the pacing. I already knew these characters like to inner monologue but enough is enough. Let’s get this done!  I like a tease but the “verboseness” was too much for me. I stand by my word choice.

I was thinking about whether I’d read the next book in the series. I’m still not sure. This one ended absolutely perfectly with no cliffhanger in sight. Yes, there are lose ends that are perfect for the next book but do I need to know? Some mysteries are nice leaving mysteries, ya know?  Maybe?  🙂

About Mira Grant

Mira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the “Swamp Cannibals” scenario remains unchallenged.

Currently, Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

In her guise as mild-mannered urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire, Mira was the recipient of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can find her works as both Mira and Seanan at her main bibliography page. Seanan’s website is the best place to find information on where both she and Mira will be appearing.



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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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17 responses to “Review: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

  1. HOLD THE PHONE! Mira is Seanan? Did I already know this? Huh. I haven’t read any of her work despite having several of her books, including this one. I’ll probably read it next.

    And I’ll probably forget about the author & her pen name by next week. Sometimes I feel like Drew’s character on 50 First Dates. lol.
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    • You need to read “Every Heart is a Doorway”!!! It’s the first book in her novella series under Seanan!! After this of course!!!

    • It’s totally okay b/c it’s AWESOME verbose. Like I highlighted some of the sentences they were sooo good. I just don’t like to quote ARCs. But we’re talking FABULOUS quotes!!!! C’est magnifique!!!!

  2. Dude I just started this one, I cannot WAIT for the mayhem to start lol. Killer frickin mermaids- yes!! Plus I read Rolling in the Deep so I know what to expect. 🙂 Your thoughts though on the ending have me intrigued! No cliffie but some loose ends- I’m so anxious to see if we find out what exactly the mermaids are, where they live, etc. Good stuff. 🙂
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  3. There will be tantrums and tears before bedtime if this book isn’t in my stocking or on my Kindle… Thank you for a great review:)