Title: Into The Drowning Deep
Author: Mira Grant
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Horror, LGBT+, Mystery/Thrillers
Publication date: November 14th, 2017
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.
CW: murder, gore.
“The Atargatis sailed off the map, into a section of the sea that should have been labeled “Here be monsters.” What happened to them there may never be perfectly understood, but this much seems to be clear: the footage was not faked. Mermaids are reals.”
Holy guacamole! This book was absolutely amazing and I cannot believe I haven’t read it when it came out last year. To be completely honest I had a feeling I was going to like it, but because it’s so out of my confort zone I was a bit scared there wasn’t going to be amazing. And right after I finished I would have rate it 4.5 stars, but because I haven’t stop thinking about it ever since I read it (and it’s been more than a week), I decided to give it 5 stars.
Now this is going to be a very personal and subjective review, because the reason that made me pick it up was because I’ve always been so fascinated by the Mariana Trench and I love mermaids (killer mermaids included), so despite not being the biggest fan of anything horror, I found the premise interesting enough to make me want to read it and see if I enjoyed it or not.
The beginning was quite slow for my liking. It was told in multiple POVs, so the first few chapters were mostly about information given to us about them and their back stories, and also what happened years ago to the Atargatis. I always find that adult books have more of a slow start, and this one was no different, but as I kept reading it started to become much more easier and faster to read.
And let me tell you, everything felt so incredibly real. Mira Gran (aka Seannan McGuire) is such an incredible author and she created a very atmospheric and eerie vibe, and I couldn’t put this book down. She was so clever at describing places and things and playing with your fear to make you feel moved and freaked out, and the story had such an incredible evolution.
“The best predators always learned how to masquerade as things that wouldn’t seem threatening. That was how they got close enough to strike.”
I also really loved the cast of characters. I was so happy to see the story had quite a diverse one, with some LGBT+ representation and also there were two deaf girls who talked in ASL, and though there were a few characters that I disliked and didn’t mind them being killed as much, I think overall it had a variety of personalities that made the story much more unique and different, since it had so many POVs.
There was also such an adorable sapphic romance, and I cannot tell you how on the edge I was while reading it because I wanted them happy and together and I didn’t know if they were going to live. Their development not only with their relationship but as characters in general was so well done, and I absolutely loved learning more about their jobs.
When it comes to the horror part of the story, I admit I was pretty scared. Since one of my biggest fears is the ocean and the dark, some of the scenes that happened scared the shit out of me. There was one particular scene that was so well written and it was such a brilliant one, where one of the girls went to Challenger Deep (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean). I don’t know, guys, I was so blown away by how much I loved the story.
Overall, it was such a fascinating story, that even though had a lot of technical explanations wasn’t boring or confusing to me at all, and it was so well written till the point it seemed like it was real to me. I highly recommend it, even if horror isn’t your favorite genre, because it was so good!
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