Hello Gemmies! It's Creature Feature Friday and today I am highlighting Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. For those that don't know, Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire. Last Friday I highlighted the prequel novella to this book Rolling In The Deep. Into the Drowning Deep picks up seven years after the events in Rolling in the Deep. I love how Grant mixes in horror and science to keep events moving at a good pace. It was a bit of a slow burn in the beginning, but there is enough action and suspense throughout to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat. We also get the events from various points of view from all the key players involved.
I need to call out the tasteful way Grant describes and includes several hearing impaired characters as well as the intricacies of sign language. The ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel and I cannot wait to read the next edition in this series! If these two books are any indication, it promises to be an entertaining, bloody good time! I highly recommend that you read the prequel short story Rolling in the Deep first to get the full effect of the story.
I've been on a bit of a mermaid kick lately, but make no mistakes, these aren't your pretty lure sailors in type of mermaids. These mermaids will just as soon as bite your face off than sing a song. I cannot express enough how truly frightening these mermaids are! Adding to that fear is the isolation and mystery of the deep ocean that Grant does a brilliant job of making you feel.
Synopsis: 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.
If you are interested in reading a different take on mermaids, I recommend you dive into this series. Published by Orbit, Into The Drowning Deep is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Into The Drowning Deep 4 out of 5 gems. I hope you will give this creature feature a try! Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!