Saturday, 10 January 2015
Book Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter
The Deep by Nick Cutter
Published by Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster Canada) on January 13, 2015
Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing this copy for review!
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.
Welp, I didn't like this one nearly as much as I did The Troop.
The Deep, while suspenseful and creepy, lags in the middle, and it was tough to keep reading through.
It did have its scary bits, and if you're at all claustrophobic, or afraid of what may lurk in deep water, you'll probably find parts of this book pretty scary.
Again in The Deep, Mr. Cutter goes for the jugular when it comes to creepy, gross and disturbing. He definitely succeeds by leaps and bounds in that department. There were a few times when I had to put the book down and take a break for a few hours just to get the disturbing images out of my head! In my opinion, this is a GOOD thing. I love dark, disturbing, creepy and gross.
But frankly, I would have preferred a full book about the 'Gets, rather than this Abyss/It mash-up wannabe. The 'Gets sounded really interesting, and the blurb on the back led me to believe that we'd learn more about that than we did.
I do recommend The Deep. If you liked The Troop, and enjoy dark, creepy thrillers, this is right up your alley.