'VISCERAL . . . IRRESISTIBLE . . . a claustrophobic, deep-sea terror tale that will leave readers glad to be safely on dry land' Kirkus
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MIRA GRANT RETURNS WITH A RAZOR-SHARP TALE OF THE HORRORS THAT LIE BENEATH . . .
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 whatever is down there is definitely no joke . . .
Praise for Mira Grant:
'ASTONISHING' New York Times
'GRIPPING, THRILLING AND BRUTAL . . . A MASTERPIECE OF SUSPENSE' Publishers Weekly
'INTELLIGENT AND EXCITING' Telegraph
'MYSTERY, DANGER AND EXCITEMENT ABOUND' RT Book Reviews
There's some solid gore and nastiness in this sequel to Grant's novella Rolling in the Deep, but a mix of overwrought prose and questionable decisions prevent it from being much more than a 1990s horror throwback. Years after the ship Atargatis disappeared while attempting to film a fake mermaid documentary for Imagine Entertainment (a fictional company in the SyFy vein that inexplicably shares a name and nothing else with a real studio), the company finally decides to send another expedition, this time one with actual scientists. Key among the crew are marine biologist Victoria "Tory" Stewart, whose sister vanished on the Atargatis, and Dr. Jillian Toth, a sirenologist who considers herself a leading expert on mermaids. Grant's concept mermaids as vicious creatures is golden (and a late revelation about their biology is pretty nifty), but the prose gets bogged down in clich ("She would show them all" appears, unironically, as a standalone paragraph) and long and meandering passages with little payoff. The neat hook and Grant's fan base will still prop the book up, but there's too little depth in these depths.