Up until now, readers have been fed information little by little about Mia’s past. Over the past year (for readers), we’ve had to put it together like a puzzle as Mia has tried to survive the collapse of an underwater research center while trying to figure out who killed her father. Now, she’s questioning everything which points to the fact that her father’s murder may be about more than what happened on Dept.H. Deep inside she may also realize that in order to sort out who murdered her father, she has to sort herself out: who she is, what her motivation is, and what her path will be. Why do her memories keep going back to specific moments that - on the surface - have nothing immediately to do with the murder?
This issue is not only an exploration of what Mia is going through, but of memories and how we interpret them and remember them. It’s an examination of what influences our own decisions in life. Can we ever be free from the influences of others? These are big, heady topics - topics Kindt is absolutely worthy of handling. Plus, he leaves us with a cliffhanger in the first couple of pages of the book! Talk about effectively subverting structural norms!
Suffice it to say, Dept.H is becoming more than just a simple thriller about finding a murderer, but now I want to know what’s going on more than ever!