The Deep by Nick Cutter

From the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I 21412284couldn’t put it down.…old-school horror at its best”—comes this utterly terrifying novel where The Abyss meets The Shining.

A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine. –

I would say The Abyss meets The Shining is an apt description of this book.  From the minute I picked it up, I found it difficult to put down.

Sometimes it’s not what you can see that’s so horrifying, but what you create in your mind and the author did an outstanding job of demonstrating exactly that in this book.  The slightly off-kilter feel of some of the scenes, as well as the vividly dark flashbacks were very reminiscent of Stephen King and since Nick Cutter is a pen name, it had me wondering – Could it be?  I don’t think it is, but there are some strong similarities.

I’m slightly claustrophobic, so the thought of being eight miles underwater in a confined environment is disturbing enough, but some of the situations in this book just made it difficult for me to breathe.  Don’t get me wrong – with the fast pace, short chapters, and not knowing what would happen next – this was a great read.

The ‘Gets disease is barely touched upon and I would have liked to know more about it considering it was the primary reason for sending people eight miles below the earth’s surface.  I have to admit, as with this author’s first book, some scenes with animals left me cringing.

This is a true horror novel – fear of the dark, fear of being alone, fear of the unknown, harrowing childhood memories – all are covered, so if you’re prone to nightmares, you may want to read this with the light on, during the daytime, with someone else beside you – whatever gets you through.  The Deep is scheduled for publication January 13, 2015.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

4 thoughts on “The Deep by Nick Cutter

  1. Terrific write-up! I’m starting this one today and was immediately sold on the “The Abyss meets The Shining.” I haven’t read The Troop yet, but I have a particular fondness for aquatic horror so it sounds like this one is going to hit a lot of my favorite tropes.


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