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Saturday, December 2, 2017

REVIEW: Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant @seananmcguire @miragrant

Rolling in the Deep
(Rolling in the Deep #0.5)
by Mira Grant
Subterranean Press


When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses. 

They didn't expect actual mermaids.  They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth. 

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.  Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

My Thoughts:

What a unique ride this was!  At the nudge of Chelsea @suspensethrills, and having Into the Drowning Deep via NetGalley, I couldn't pass this up.  At under a hundred pages, this really packs a punch!

We have what is basically a TV scripted show/documentary in search of mermaids.  With professional mermaids hired and a camera crew, they were going to show the world they existed, even if they really did not.  After all, we all know that "reality" TV is usually anything but.

Little did they know that they truly do exist and they are LETHAL!  When's the last time you read a book where everyone dies?  Going back and forth between "news segments" and what's actually happening on the Imagine ship, Mira throws you into a novella that feels like a full novel.  The last three lines may have some scratching their heads and really does seem to come out of left field and it took me about 30 seconds of looking confused to have it register.  Bravo, Mira, a wonderfully unique story where mermaids are beautiful luring creatures but ugly, merciless and out for blood. Really looking forward to Into the Drowning Deep now - must see where this goes!!

Full 5 stars for uniqueness.

As a prequel to Into the Drowning Deep, which is also out and what I'll be reading this month - see what's next!!

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 maritime 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.


  1. I love Mira Grant's Newsflesh series, but I had no idea she was writing these! I'm so intrigued!

    1. A friend turned me onto this! It's such a unique read and killer mermaids? YES PLEASE!