Book Review: The Deep by: Nick Cutter

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: January 13, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: A devastating plague, The ‘Gets, is affecting all of humanity. People start showing symptoms by forgetting small things, but it soon escalates into forgetting things which are necessary for survival such as autonomic functions, like breathing. Simultaneously, deep within the Marianas Trench a trio of scientists is studying a strange substance called ‘ambrosia’. It is supposedly a universal healing substance; however, the only way to study it is in a lab eight miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Now Luke, a veterinarian, has been called to go down to the underwater lab. This is because the last message received above ground is call for Luke to come sent from his brother Clayton, a research scientist. As Luke ventures 7040 fathoms below the ocean, there is something calling…in THE DEEP. THE DEEP is another hauntingly terrifying novel by Nick Cutter. Mr. Cutter has a way with words which evokes the most primordial fear within the reader. THE DEEP takes readers to the next level of psychological horror. I find it fascinating and amazing how detailed a world can be built when it’s only an underwater lab. THE DEEP isn’t for the faint of heart as it is graphic, gory, ominous, suspenseful, and violent. Read THE DEEP with all the lights on!

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