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Into the Drowning Deep

(Rolling in the Deep #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  12,401 ratings  ·  2,961 reviews
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 tragedy; others have called it a hoax.

Now a new crew has been assembled to investigate. And they'll discover that it sown there is definitely no joke...
Paperback, 486 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Orbit
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Kat
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
finally, a sci-fi book i can vibe with.
chai ♡
I would like to preface my review by stating outright: I fucking loved this book.

My feelings for this book are still very much on that point on the spectrum of wonder where awe turns into dread, or dread becomes awe. I read this at night because as it turns out, I like suffering (but with a nice soundtrack). I’m just saying...there are too many stories of mermaids sitting on rocks in sexy poses braiding their hair and not enough of them luring men to their deaths and I’m glad this book is propag
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
It was beautiful, in its own terrible way. So many monsters are.
It has been a YEAR and I still have not stopped thinking about how great this book was and how much I love it and how much I want to reread it every day of my life, and someday soon I'm going to make all of you read it with me and then we'll REALLY be nailing it

Into the Drowning Deep is all the best of the horror genre - tense atmosphere, creative horror, interesting characters, fantastic writing, and something going on
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Cindy Pham
I felt very lukewarm about this book, unfortunately. It’s just a matter of personal preference, because objectively speaking, Grant does a great job at creating these hauntingly beautiful mermaids and evoking a horrifying atmosphere. Personally I just could not find myself caring for any of the characters, and found that much of the descriptive paragraphs and POV-switching lessened the feeling of suspense or attachment.
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
"Did you really think we were the apex predators of the world?"
-Dr. Jillian Toth

AAHHH! How can I write a review to do this book justice? I don't think I can convey just how glorious of a storyteller Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) is. The way I feel about her writing is similar to how diehard Stephen King fans feel about his work; she could publish her grocery list and I would pay top dollar for it. Grant/McGuire is by far one of the most underrated authors of our time and I want to shout from t
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karen
NOW AVAILABLE!!!

There were appetites to be sated, no matter how cold the water became, no matter how strange the sea turned. As long as there were bellies, they would need to be fed. As long as there was life in the sea, there would be teeth.



i read Rolling in the Deep a couple of years back, when it was presented as a one-off novella, and it blew my mind. it was all the things i loved about mira grant's writing from her newsflesh and parasitology series in style and atmosphere, but it also featu
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Lisa
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Occasionally you read something so good, and slightly "alotly, dear lord, alotly!" terrifying that you have to berate yourself for all those 5 star reviews that you've been handing out, Willy nilly. I take them all back! This was, is and will still be the one book that scared the ever lovin' shit outta me in 2017. Mira Grant can "science." She can convince me that the moon is made of bleu cheese, and I need it for my salad. Twice I started to Bing mermaids/sirens, but I managed to stop myself.
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Melanie

ARC provided by Hachette in exchange for an honest review.

“Ships kept on disappearing. Since the start of man’s relationship with the sea, ships kept on disappearing. So assume the mermaids have never forgotten about us. We wrote them off as legends as soon as they were no longer knocking on our front door.”

This is such a hard review to write, but I suppose three star reviews usually are. I just feel really torn on this one! I loved so many aspects of this, but ultimately I feel like
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carol.
I knew Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant had it in her, somewhere. She takes the promise she had shown in Feed, her creature inventiveness from Discount Armageddon and weaves them together with the horror atmosphere from Every Heart a Doorway to create a terrifically scary tale.

"News flash, Victoria: we know you’re looking for the little mermaid who can give you back your sister’s voice. You’re not going to find her."

Victoria, or Tory, is a marine biologist, working summers for the tourist cruises throu
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jesus Christ. I’ve never been so on edge reading a book ever in my life. Oh my god. I’m gonna have nightmares for DAYS.
chan ☆
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, spooky, audiobook, sci-fi
everything i didn't know i needed

yes this is about killer mermaids. but it's also SCIENCE-y. and about the failures of the collective human ego. all around: GOOD SHIT.

(audiobook is really good too)
Barbie
DNFed at 28%.
Nothing, NOTHING happened, boring as hell. I fell asleep at the end of each chapter. I am not kidding.
This one is just putting me a perfect reading slump.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Tory Stewart's sister was lost when she was aboard the ship Atargatis. The whole ship was lost and there were video clips of what looked like Mermaids destroying them. But they were always discredited as being an hoax.

Now the film company that sent Tory's sister out on the quest to find mermaids is sending another crew out. This time they are collecting all the super smart scientists and have built a disaster proof ship. (That always turns out so well)
Tory agrees to be on the ship and maybe have
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Heather
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this 5 stars but that ending. Am I the only one who felt confused about it?
The ending felt to disjointed and abrupt.
Joe Valdez
My introduction to the fiction of Seanan McGuire--who publishes science fiction thrillers as "Mira Grant"--is Into the Drowning Deep and this is a relentlessly exciting nautical ride that learns from the best and worst the genre has to offer, as if McGuire flipped between TNT, Discovery Channel and SyFy Network and taking notes for a month, designed the best mermaid attack novel of all time. Her take is an R-rated one with credible science, gutsy female characters, gore, sharp dialogue and some ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Best. Representation. Of. Mermaids. Ever.

These are mermaids - or better, sirens - that I can really believe ... and definitely would not want to be having a close encounter with ... on an isolated ship ... hundreds of miles from help civilization.

Into the Drowning Deep is a gripping horror/thriller of a novel. It struck me as very filmable, ready to scare the pants off people in dark theaters. It also reminded me strongly of a Michael Crichton thriller, except with a lot more diversity.

Full rev
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Philip
4ish stars.

This is my first Mira Grant book, although I've really enjoyed everything written by her as Seanan McGuire. It has her signature writing style, but instead of the fantastical inventiveness used in her McGuire books, Grant is decidedly more science fictional. And bloody.

She begins with a cool premise - killer mermaids eating faces - and tries to make it as legitimate as possible by including an array of science-y people and explanations. Works for me, I'm now more or less convinced th
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Riley
This book promised killer "mermaids" and boy did it deliver
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time
I don't easily scare but there were parts of this book that terrified me so much
catch me never going in the ocean again

Kayla Dawn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Really interesting story, diverse characters and a great writing style.
Sadly, the pacing was just not good. The whole book was very slow until the last 50 pages or so. Everything was resolved way too easily and quickly, it felt incredibly rushed.
Bradley
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, horror, sci-fi
Seven years after the fateful voyage of a doomed mockumentary hunting for signs of life in the deep, the fateful Mermaids, a truly scientific voyage is finally put together. The quest? To put the horrible rumors and/or the innuendo to rest. Or, as a few would prefer, to come back with proof positive that:

Mermaids are REAL.

Mira Grant, aka Seanan McGuire, has done it again. She's got this great talent at weaving horror into science fiction and bringing it right back into the horror foreground, and
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Julie Zantopoulos
"The trouble with discovery is that it goes two ways. For you to find something, that thing must also find you."

Into the Drowning Deep was a buddy read inspired by Amber from Amber's Books and More and brought to Twitter so everyone could join in with us. It was such a fun reading experience to share with everyone, even if I did read ahead a whole bunch. This story was too compelling to put down, too anxiety-inducing to slow because I wanted the tension over with-I HAD to know what happened. Mir
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“The trouble with discovery is that is goes two ways. For you to find something, that thing must also find you.”

This is horror that takes itself seriously and isn’t cheesy considering it’s about killer mermaid creatures out on the great white blue, but like a cheesy horror book or movie with throw-away red shirt characters and people who have no common sense, this book had to throw in a few for good measure too.

It may not even be what the author intended originally, but with these two brilliant
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Merphy Napier
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

This book had a slow start but it was such a strong story! There were a lot of POVs but I thought it was done very well. We start out with one pov and then add another and another etc, rather than throwing a ton of characters at me at once, it was a slow build and I felt like I knew everyone well.

The suspense of this story was incredible. There were so many dark and terrifying scenes that had me on the edge of my seat and even the very slow scenes where the author really took her time in the
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Debra
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"Mankind has a responsibility to the Sea."

I loved this book! It is a little bit of everything. I loved that it was intelligent, well researched, fascinating, entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat. This was a real page turner for me combining horror and mystery with science. A book about Mermaids you say? I say it is a book about greed, the quest for knowledge, a quest for answers, sea life, scientific exploration and of course, mermaids. This book is also about what happens when what yo
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/12/07/...

Here’s the thing: I like Seanan McGuire, but for some strange reason or another her books always seem to rub me the wrong way when she writes as Mira Grant. Because of this, I almost didn’t pick up Into the Drowning Deep, but in the end, I’m glad I did—the premise of a horror novel about mermaids was just too amazing for me to pass up, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have at least bit of fun with it. Still, I wish I’d
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✨    jamieson   ✨
my friends were like, read this science mermaid book with a cute f/f romance its so good !!!

.. little did I know I'd be lying in my bed terrified out my mind about getting eaten and/or drowned by a fucking SIREN !! thanks pals !!


“Do I think they found mermaids? Yes. Of course I do. And I think the mermaids ate them all.”


So as I said, a lot of my friends really love this, hence why I knew I needed to read it. I mean .. killer mermaids, a government cover-up, an f/f relationship and horror el
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Eva Rian ☾
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book guys.. “chef’s kiss”
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
Death at Challenger Deep, what more could you ask for?



Not since I read Meg by Steve Alten have I been so enamored of a new species of killer in the deep waters of the the Mariana Trench. This was an awesome book with a great premise. No Disney princesses in this book. The so-called Mermaids were what they would actually be like if they existed. A scary thought for sure.

When I first read this book there wasn’t a TV show on Fox, the WB or whatever about Sirens or Killer mermaids so this book was m
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megs_bookrack
BLOODY. BRUTAL. BRILLIANT.



Full review to come...stay tuned!!!
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Laura
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-in-2018
"Did you really think we were the apex predators of the world?"
-Dr. Jillian Toth

I know others have used this quote, but it was the most stand-out of the book to give an inkling of what you're in for in this story. In fact, it is used as an epigraph within the novel. Anyway, so two words. Killer. Mermaids. That's what this story is about and it is fucking awesome.

Seven years ago, the Atargatis was sent on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary finding mermaids. You know those v
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C
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