Title: Into the Drowning Deep
Author: Mira Grant (a/k/a Seanen McGuire)
Genre: Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy
“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. “
I’m not sure where to start with this review. Let’s document this moment first, hello this is my first post and my first official book review! I’m so glad I get to kick things off with such high praise.
These mermaids were a lot different than the mermaid I used to pretend to be when I was swimming around my pool. (Did anyone else do this?) This book was so fast paced. I feel like we were immediately thrown into the story, which made it so hard to put down. Seanen McGuire found a great way to build up all these characters, and make us care about them, while also throwing us right into the plot. After only a few chapters, I was hooked. I’ve heard people describe this book as slow? And I absolutely don’t understand where they’re coming from.
I was worried there would be too many characters to keep track of, as this was such a large cast, but they were so diverse I never had that problem. Seriously, we have LGBTQIA+ rep, disability rep, minority rep. You name it, it’s probably in this book. I also loved the sapphic relationship between Tory and Olivia. If Seanen McGuire can somehow manage to fit a sapphic relationship into her horror novel about people being attacked by “mermaids”, what’s your excuse?
Okay, we don’t need a queer character in every book, but I shouldn’t be this excited about a fade to black sex scene between two women.
My biggest gripe about the book was the ending. I won’t post any spoilers here, but in my opinion, it felt like it came from nowhere? We were getting small hints throughout, but nothing that would have led to figuring out the end. Usually, a bad ending will ruin a book for me but not this time, ladies and gentleman.
Ultimately, I get this book isn’t for everyone. It’s scary, it’s gory, there’s a lot of talk about science (that I had to skim through) but if you can get past all that, it’s really great and I’d absolutely recommend it! At this point, Seanen McGuire is a must buy for me. I haven’t heard a book of hers so far that I haven’t totally loved.
Trigger warnings: death (a whole lot of death), gore, blood, animal death