Book Review

INTO THE DROWNING DEEP by Mira Grant

Rating: 4 / 5

I stumbled into Mira Grant’s NEWSFLESH series a few years back when looking for something engaging on audio for my hook and found the first in the series, FEED, available from the library. The story about bloggers on the hunt for a conspiracy story against a backdrop of a world plagued by zombies kept me hooked to continue reading through the entire trilogy.

I picked up Mira Grant’s new release INTO THE DROWNING DEEP shortly after its release at the beginning of 2018 (just as I was planning a cruise vacation which was interesting timing given the subject matter) and remember enjoying it, so I was happy to give it another read when it came up as the first pick for the Deep Dark Reads buddy read on Instagram.

INTO THE DROWNING DEEP is set in the near future. A few years prior, Imagine Entertainment sent out crew to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary documenting the search for mermaids. Their journey ends in tragedy and no one on board survives. Some film footage makes it back showing what appear to be actual mermaids or something close to it, but many dismiss it as a hoax.

Now, years later, a new crew is being assembled with extra security and a ship designed to take on the challenge of returning to the Mariana Trench to find out once and for all what happened on the first tragic voyage. Among the crew is the younger sister of one of those lost, now a scientist bent on uncovering the mysteries of the Mariana Trench. There also is the scientist who always insisted that mermaids are real who now lives with the guilt that her research inspired the first fatal expedition.

Most of the people on board think they know what they’re getting themselves in for, but they really do not. The state of the environment and the changes in the oceans have left the predators in the Mariana Trench without enough to eat and to them humans look like tasty treats.

Mira Grant does an excellent job of jumping right into the action in her novels and that is definitely the case here. The story maintains a heightened pace that keeps the reader engaged and flipping pages. She has a large cast of characters with different and well-developed personalities.

This may not be the best pick just before heading out on a sea voyage or a scuba diving trip, but it is definitely worth the read if you are a fan of the horror genre and appreciate a dark and entertaining tale!

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