Into the Drowning DeepSeries: Rolling in the Deep #1
by Mira Grant
Published by Hachette, Orbit on November 14th 2017
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.
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)
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? 🙂