Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant

Do you love mermaids? Do you love science fiction? How about some thriller action with that? Well, I found your next read!

Thank you to Netgalley for the ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.



My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

I’m not usually drawn to science fiction books, but when I hear there’s a book about killer mermaids, then I need to read it. INTO THE DROWNING DEEP by Mira Grant was more than I could hope for! It was still a thriller – which I love – and was written in a way that made it feel possible and real.

I had read the prequel – ROLLING IN THE DEEP – and flew through that one. INTO THE DROWNING DEEP takes place seven years after the events in the prequel. The Atargatis sets off on a voyage to Mariana Trench. They are filming a “mockumentary” and are trying to bring ancient sea creatures to life. All were lost at sea, never to be seen again. Many think it’s a hoax for their “mockumentary” and others call it a tragedy. Fast forward seven years, and a new crew is preparing to set sail.

Part of the crew is the sister of one of the crew lost at sea in the first voyage. When footage from that first crew surfaces and shows mermaids, Victoria, a sirenologist, is determined to get the truth. I don’t want to go into too much more detail, but of course, nothing ever seems to go as planned and the crew will find out secrets from the depths of the ocean.

This book had me pulled in from the start. The science aspects of this novel intrigued me and the potential of mermaids existing kept me flipping the pages. We will never truly know all the secrets that the ocean is keeping hidden from us – one reason I will not swim in the ocean! How do we know mermaids aren’t real? Grant took on a unique perspective on these mystical creatures. We all grew up with Ariel – a beautiful half woman half fish with an incredible singing voice – well, these mermaids are from that.

The characters were all fantastic. Each unique and brought something new to the table. The scientists, the hunters, and all were so diverse. I feel like that can be a daunting task to develop such different characters, but Grant did this flawlessly.

Overall, if you want a unique thriller-meets-science fiction novel, then look no further! This reads perfectly as a standalone, but I’d highly recommend reading the prequel. I know it’s not a true retelling of any kind of fairytale, but I’d still consider this a retelling of the mermaids we all know and loved growing up.


Check back soon for the #CJSReads collective thoughts on this one 🙂




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