Hello Gemmies! It's Creature Feature Friday and today I am highlighting the novella, Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. For those that don't know, Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire. It's no secret that I love creature features and my first preference is for stories that take place in or around the ocean. Rolling In The Deep is a mermaid tale (see what I did there? But make no mistakes, these aren't your pretty lure sailors with song type of mermaids. These mermaids will just as soon as bite your face off than sing a song. Rolling In The Deep was short but a bloody good time (pardon the pun). 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.
Rolling in the Deep is a short story prequel that reads like found footage of a TV mockumentary series. The action starts fairly quickly and as a result, I didn't get the opportunity to really get attached to any of the characters, but they were fleshed out sufficiently for you to feel for their plight and want to learn more. It was also a great set up for the full length novel Into The Drowning Deep. Synopsis: When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses. They didn't expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.
This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.
If you are interested in reading a different take on mermaids, I recommend you dive into this series. Published by Subterranean Press, Rolling In The Deep is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Rolling In The 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!