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re­leased OuT nOW! 496 pages | Pa­per­back/ebook

Au­thor Mira Grant Pub­lisher Or­bit

Seanan McGuire’s pseu­do­nym Mira Grant is well-es­tab­lished by now, and Into The Drown­ing Deep con­tains all the in­gre­di­ents that have made Grant’s other nov­els so pop­u­lar: a near-fu­ture set­ting, a con­vinc­ing-sound­ing sci­en­tific ex­pla­na­tion for the hor­rors faced (there’s not a whiff of the su­per­nat­u­ral), and a good dol­lop of gore.

This story of a sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion to the Mar­i­anas Trench, search­ing for the mer­maids that killed ev­ery­one on a pre­vi­ous re­search mis­sion, feels akin to a clas­sic mon­ster movie: there’s no doubt from the start that the mer­maids are there and are lethal, most of the char­ac­ters are sym­pa­thetic (though you won’t be able to help hop­ing that a pair of big game hunters get an es­pe­cially nasty fi­nal mo­ment), and there are gen­uinely tense mo­ments when char­ac­ters you’ve learned to like ven­ture off alone or take risks that have you think­ing, “They’re go­ing to die… But would such a good char­ac­ter get killed off so soon?… They’re go­ing to die…” All you can do is keep read­ing and find out. The set­ting – a re­pur­posed cruise liner – is big enough to drag the story out.

Thor­oughly en­joy­able in the way that watch­ing The Thing or Jaws is – and you’ll def­i­nitely re­mem­ber it next time you’re con­sid­er­ing a dip in the ocean. Miriam McDon­ald

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