Title: The Deep
Author: Nick Cutter
Narrator: Corey Brill
Length: 394 pages, 12 hours and 30 minutes
Target Audience: Adult
Release date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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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.
“Our government has spent thirty trillion dollars on space exploration, and less than 1 percent of that to explore the world underneath us right now…You’ll be entering another world, really and truly.”
With a synopsis describing The Deep as “The Abyss meets The Shining,”, I knew I would not be able to pass this one up. I thoroughly enjoyed Cutter’s The Troop and couldn’t wait to submerge myself in The Deep. I was not disappointed.
This was definitely the best kind of combination of horror and psychological thriller.
Cutter does an amazing job of taking every day people just like you and me and putting them into horrific pressure cooker situations and letting us see how they (we?) react. First we are lulled into a false sense of calm. Yes there is a horrible plague terrorizing the planet…but life goes on…civilation has yet to fall apart. With the resilience for which humans are known we continue to go on…normal daily life continues. And then our apparently average veterinarian is called upon to brave the depths in an attempt to save an experiment that may well be man kind’s only hope. And that is were it all goes down hill.
As soon as the decent begins the sense of foreboding and claustrophobia sets in and it continues to build until the very end. This read is not for the faint of heart or the weak of heart…just thinking back upon it makes my heart feel as if it suddenly weighs 200 pounds.
Set in a place where no man has any right to ever exist…it is beyond creepy to navigate the halls of the Trieste with Luke and LB and even more creepy to navigate Luke’s mind while he’s aboard the Trieste. (A warning: a large portion of this story includes flashbacks of Luke’s life. I thought this added to the story as a whole but I can see how others might have thought it to be too much) This tale gets dark and twisty and just flat out scary…fast!
All of the characters are well fleshed out and play their parts perfectly. I would not say that I had too much of a connection with any of them in particular…well except for LB -hard not to lover her. Despite that though, I had no problem feeling this read.
I confess that I was a little bit disappointed with the end…I felt it to be a bit anti-climactic…but I think that sometimes writers create something so spectacular that they back themselves into corners from which they can not really escape. That said I definitely recommend this one to horror and psychological thriller lovers. This one could definitely leave you with nightmares…
Narration notes: Corey Brill who also narrated The Troop does a fantastic job bringing cutter’s latest creation to life.
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