Review: Into The Drowning Deep

Book Title: Into The Drowning Deep
Author: Mira Grant (Pseudonym)
Series: Rolling In The Deep #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Pub Date: 11/14/17

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.


“Did you really think we were the apex predators of the world?”
-Dr. Jillian Toth

AAHHH! How can I write a review to do this book justice? I don’t think I can convey just how glorious of a storyteller Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) is. The way I feel about her writing is similar to how diehard Stephen King fans feel about his work; she could publish her grocery list and I would pay top dollar for it. Grant/McGuire is by far one of the most underrated authors of our time and I want to shout from the rooftops just how amazing she is.

If you haven’t read the prequel novella Rolling in the Deep yet, no worries. It’s 100% not imperative that you do so before reading this one, as there is ample back story and filling in on what happened to the Atargatis prior to the events of this novel. Personally, I enjoyed reading the prequel first, as I wanted to experience the events as they happened instead of it being relayed to me “second-hand” if that makes sense. Whatever way you choose, you will not be lost, left behind, or confused if you decide to jump in right here. The story is still excellent and will hopefully blow you away as it did me when I devoured it.

Around the boat, the sea is getting lighter, like the sun is rising from below. The camera continues to roll. The cameraman continues to run.

A thin-fingered hand slaps across the lens, and the video stops. The screaming takes longer to end, but in time, it does.

Everything ends.

Obviously we know going in that this book is about another group of scientists and specialists heading on an expedition to prove/disprove the theory of mermaids being the real deal. Unfortunately (again), these folks are taken by surprise by the monsters that they find. I don’t want to give anything away, but here we have the same intricate details from Grant. Her writing is the very definition of “science fiction”, as her fiction has so many scientific “facts” to enhance the credibility of the story I almost forget this is fiction and not a documentary on the Discovery Channel. There were a few really nice twists and turns that caught me off guard, and one major turning point of the story blew my mind so wonderfully that I’m still thinking about it as I type this. While we receive enough closure in the end, I felt the finale was left open enough for another entry if she so chooses to write it, which pleases me greatly. Muahahaha Highly recommended for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and just plain weird and dark takes on classic stories.

*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Book #2 in my Nebulous November reading challenge.

10 thoughts on “Review: Into The Drowning Deep”

  1. I just added this book to my TBR list. I love that the creatures they’re looking for are mermaids (even if that doesn’t end up being what they find)! They can be so creepy when done right. Thanks for the review!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s