New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.
The ocean is home to many myths,
But some are deadly. . .
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 hoax; others have called it a tragedy.
Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.
But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
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.
This book is really cool. I’m a big fan of it, and I would recommend to horror lovers.
TOP 5 FAV BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Let me preface this: I am deeply obsessed with this book.
I have always liked thriller/horror books and this did not disappoint; in fact, I would still consider it one of the creepiest books that I’ve read and which stuck with me for a while after.
When I walked into my local book store and asked for recommendations, the woman said, “How do you feel about killer mermaids?” I wasn’t sold because I figured it’d be extremely campy, and I didn’t want that. However, it was super intense and the exact opposite.
I began this book as I do most books, reading 1-2 chapters at a time, yet I was so captivated that I read straight through into the night and until the next morning without sleep until I finished it at about 10AM. For about a week or so after, I was definitely haunted by bodies of water a bit and didn’t immediately swim in the lake at my family’s summer home.
Absolutely recommend - one of the best books I have EVER read! Give it a chance and it won’t disappoint.
Not a good book…
This is not a good book. As far as I can tell the author thought to herself, “I want to write a romance novel. I also want to write a book with killer mermaids. I bet I can put those two things together successfully!”
She did not put those two things together successfully.
If you read this do yourself the favor of skipping all of the sections in parenthesis. They are simply the parts where the editor should have won the argument about cuts but, clearly, didn’t.
This is two stars because there are points where the writing is engaging enough.