“Into the Drowning Deep” review

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It’s winter break and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my nose in a book. This is the latest one I’ve finished: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. If you like scary science fiction… then you’ll probably like this one.


Seven years ago, the ship Atargatis set sail for the Mariana Trench, intending to make a mockumentary about the existence of mermaids. It was lost at sea, with no survivors.

(There’s a book that precedes this one titled Rolling in the Deep, which actually details what happens to the Atargatis:

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Now a new ship is setting sail for the Mariana Trench – but this time, they’re not intending to entertain. Everyone is looking for something… some for truth, some for validation. And scientist Victoria Stewart intends to find out what happened to the sister she lost seven years ago.

Plot & Characters

I really enjoyed reading this book – even if it might’ve scared me a little! The plot was fun and full of suspense, keeping me reading until the very end. I love the way that science is used in this book, offering it a very, very realistic filter.

And, of course, we don’t know what’s really in the depths of the ocean. Maybe there are mermaids.

As for characters… the dynamic between them was interesting. Victoria “Tory” Stewart is the main character, and I liked her (and the rest of the cast) okay. This book, though, was more plot-driven than character-driven (I think), so I was mostly reading it to find out how it all unfolded rather than because I wanted to know what happened to the characters. Which is fine – there’s nothing wrong with that.

Writing Style

This book is written in third person omniscient, which really allows us, as the reader, to see the different motivations of the various characters. I think this style really works for this story, especially as I got closer to the end of the book. It makes more sense and adds to the suspense, not knowing at times what’s happened to certain characters.

Another interesting feature in the writing style was the author’s tendency to write entire paragraphs in parentheses. (I actually emulated that earlier in this post.) It was an interesting way to write in side notes and go on tangents to explain more about the character or the character’s thoughts, and I rather liked it. Maybe I’ll try to adapt it in my own writing.

That’s it for this review! Hope you have a wonderful new year!

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