The Deep by Nick Cutter
Title: The Deep
Author: Nick Cutter
About the Book
From the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’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.
Part horror, part psychological nightmare, The Deep is a novel that fans of Stephen King and Clive Barker won’t want to miss—especially if you’re afraid of the dark.
I read Nick Cutter’s first book, The Troop, when it first came out earlier this year and enjoyed it. His writing reminded me a bit of Stephen King and when I heard he had a new book coming out, I jumped at the opportunity to read it too.
At first glance, I thought The Deep was going to be about a worldwide pandemic. The ‘Gets was spreading like wildfire all over the world. The description of the disease sounded like Alzheimers except that it is contagious and affects anyone of any age.
Instead, the disease is really only a minor part of the book and serves mainly as the reason why people go down into “The Deep”. The Deep refers to the Marianas Trench, the lowest point on Earth and a special research lab called the Trieste has been set up to carry out research in hopes to find a cure for the ‘Gets. The Trieste is 8 miles under the sea and scientists there are studying a potential cure: a substance called “ambrosia”.
Something isn’t right however with the Trieste. One of the scientists has died, the other has barricaded himself in his lab and the third has sent a haunting message to his estranged brother. Luke’s brother, Clayton, is one of the scientists and he is sent down with Alice, captain of the Challenger, who was taking him down to the Trieste.
The trip down had a few heart pounding moments. I would NEVER in a million years want to do that. The fate of humanity was on the line though so there was no other option.
The Trieste is super creepy. Even the way the author describes the research station sent chills down my spine. I could feel the heat rising in my face when I thought of those small tunnels that close in and the risk of running out of air.
Then there was the supernatural element. The ambrosia isn’t what it seems as we start to learn almost right away. Plus, it was hard to tell what is really happening and what isn’t since the Trieste also causes people to dream-walk. I started to think the Trieste was causing it’s occupants to go a little mad.
Nick Cutter is a skilled storyteller. His descriptions are so vivid and real that I could easily picture the horrors he was describing. You know when you watch a horror movie and want to look away? I wanted to hide my eyes for some of the stuff that went on in the book. Prepare to be freaked out! It’s all good though since I am a fan of this genre and the scares that go with it. The fact that a book scared me means it’s a good one!