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Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep

Book - 2017
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"Seven years ago Atagaris 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"--
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316379403
Branch Call Number: FIC GRANT 2017
Characteristics: vii, 440 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 27, 2020

I had read the short prequel to this a few years ago, so I was super happy to learn that the author had written a full novel that followed it. You've got my usual favorite elements to a classic, page-turning monster horror: a cast of characters that all have their quirks and character development through the story, but nothing surprising (you hate the baddies, love the goodies), killer "mermaids" as the monsters that pick off the crew one by one, the classic "we're going to make the same mistakes as the last ship that was doomed to study the 'mermaids'" and no one learned from past mistakes due to hubris, so you can just sit back and read as their downfall echoes the other ship's and hope your favorite character(s) survive. Always a good recipe for a fun monster horror! :)

_agaleano Jan 29, 2020

Ever since I read Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, I have been encountering mermaids everywhere. From the makeup counter having a special on mermaid eyeshadow, to Netflix recommending the Little Mermaid and Tidelands, mermaids are suddenly everywhere. It’s like the universe knows that I’m now terrified of mermaids and wants to hear me scream. Mira Grant has officially made mermaids into the stuff of nightmares, and it is marvellous!

Into the Drowning Deep starts with an expedition to the Marianas Trench for a TV channel making a mockumentary on mermaids. No one expects them to find anything. The channel has even hired some girls to dress as mermaids for the camera, so they would have some interesting footage to air. Then they lose communication with the ship. When they finally find it, the ship is empty. The only clue to what happened is a video showing impossible horrible things: monsters half human, half fish, mouths full of sharp teeth and a lot of blood everywhere.

Many believe the incident to be a hoax, others a tragedy, but Tory Stewart, sister of one of the dead and a marine biologist, just wants to know what really happened. Seven years after losing her sister, Tory gets her chance to find out the truth when a new expedition happens. The crew this time has no girls dressing up as mermaids, but a mix bag of scientists, divers, security personnel, and the most ruthless hunters out there. Nevertheless while the truth might set them free, sometimes it is best to leave the depths undisturbed.

If you’re looking for a tense, disturbing read that will keep you at the edge of your seat, look no further. However, the true strength of this book resides in Grant’s characters development. Each character has their own particular story and voice and Grants makes sure the reader cares for each of them. The pace starts somewhat slow, but that’s just Grant luring the reader into a false sense of safety. By the time you realize what’s happening, it’s too late; you are trapped in the story. I recommend this for those brave at heart fans of horror stories with a strong stomach.

RandomLibrarian Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "Grant does a good job including diverse characters, characters with disabilities, and characters of different sexualities. I was worried the large cast would be tough to keep track of, but everyone had such a distinct personality, story, and way they interacted with their fellow voyage participants. You could tell there was a lot of care taken into crafting them, though there was one disappointing outlier for me."

Jun 30, 2019

Let me just say I’m glad that so many of our monsters are a myth.....

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 06, 2019

This book reminded me of early Michael Crichton like Jurassic Park--fiction that explores the very real truth that we don't know everything that's out there, and we don't always consider the consequences of our scientific progress. Unfortunately, this book suffered by comparison with those earlier works.

There wasn't any suspense to speak of because it was clear what the "mermaid" search team was getting into. Grant did some nice character building but it ultimately didn't contribute to the story. I couldn't make myself care about these people, and I had to force myself to read this slow-paced "gripping [and] thrilling" (Publishers Weekly review) book.

At the end of the day this was a bunch of people on a boat against killer mermaids (and that's not even a spoiler. We know it right from the start). It probably would have made a good short story.

Jun 15, 2018

This was a quick read and a fun book. I'll never think of mermaids the same way again. Predictable in parts, but a good thriller about an unusual topic.

AnnabelleLee27 May 22, 2018

An interesting and diverse cast with strong female characters (including a female lead with autism, a nicely drawn out f/f romance) in this thriller/horror/science fiction novel (2nd in a series) about finding predatory mermaids. The intersection of science, entertainment, discovery, domination, and survival is cleverly portrayed. While some parts of the book seemed unnecessarily long or repetitive, the ending felt entirely too abrupt, unclear and thus was disappointing (far too common with many series). Still, this was a fun, clever, and thrilling read.

Apr 02, 2018

I found this book difficult to get into at first. The first scene in the book is absolutely riveting, But after that, the narrative is composed of a lot of detail, and in my opinion, was very slow to build. I was about 150 pages in when I decided that I was just going to call it quits, and then a friend of mine who had read the book said to keep reading, since the best was coming. And I did, and I'm glad I did. While I wasn't so keen on how quickly the book wrapped up, after that 150 page mark I couldn't put the book down. Very engrossing thriller with an incredibly unique theme. Lots of visual imagery. Would recommend!

Jan 15, 2018

Really good thriller that needs to have a sequel. So many questions, not enough answers! Fast-paced, scary, and totally engrossing.


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