Thursday, February 05, 2015

Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter

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Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter
The Deep
Nick Cutter
Genre: Adult, Horror
Publication date: January 13, 2015
by Gallery Books

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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.
-A copy was provided by Gallery Books for review-

And here I thought I knew what real horror was about… man, this book sure put me in my place, because it took “scary” to the extremes and put “mindfuck” right alongside it for good measure. A bit of warning, folks: this book is not for the faint of heart. Believe what the rest of the people are saying: when they say this book is horror, they fucking mean it.

To be honest, I don’t really know how to review this book other than to say it scared the shit out of me – psychologically, mentally, and emotionally. This is not the kind of horror in which a boogeyman with the physical attributes of a slenderman will suddenly pop out of the shadowy trees, or the kind in which you anticipate a bloody phantom to appear in the mirror at midnight. It’s actually that kind of horror that crawls into your brain ever so slowly and messes up with it big time. It’s the kind in which you know nothing is there, but you’re afraid all the same because nothing is there but it’s there at the same time; the kind in which it forces you to go back to the horrors of your past and relive it while at the same time facing the unknown. Do you dig what I’m saying? Are you pissing your pants yet?!

I’ve always believed in the supernatural, that there are planes different from our own that are full of their own mysteries. Because of this, I’ve had friends and families tell me often to “not fear the unknown, and fear the living instead”. This book is out there to prove them wrong (as well as my state as soon as I finished this book) because while this book did not lack when it comes to making you afraid of physical things (bees, anyone? Tentacles? Enclosed spaces surrounded by eight miles of mother-Pacific-fucking ocean pressure?), it were the things that the the main character, Luke, didn’t see, and saw at the same time, that drove my sanity out the window.

And dude, I love the concept of aliens. Aliens are our family in the cosmos. But this book sure made me want to stay the fuck away from them, as much as possible (perhaps 1000 light years away would suffice).

All in all? HORROR FANS, THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS, EVER. Prepare for a mindfuckery like never before. As for the rest, this ain’t for the best of heart. If you don’t like Stephen King-esque kind of writing, it may not work for you. But I truly recommend to try it out still. Who knows, you may find yourselves actually liking the horrors within… Consider it a challenge, from me. OVERCOME YOUR FEARS, MY BRETHREN!!!

4 Stars
4 Hot Espressos

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12 Responses to “Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter”

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    This sounds absolutely incredible! I don’t think I’ve read a lot of horror books, but it’s something I definitely want to dive into. Supernatural beings don’t really scare me that often, maybe because I don’t really believe they exist. But maybe this book will turn that around!

    Great review 😀

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    *Runs far away from book*
    I read horror books from time to time, but I have to admit that I don’t read them when I’m alone. I’m too much of a wuss. This sounds very horrific and I’m glad it was such an exciting experience for you, Faye!
    Great review!

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Horror was my first real love, but over the past few years, I have gotten away from it – all except for King. I have both this and The Troop on my TBR and your review wants me to move it up in the pile. I am thinking your review just added it to the March list. Have you read The Troop? Which did you enjoy more?

  4. Allison

    I keep seeing so many people reading this one, and I’m so interested in it! But I’m also such a scaredy cat when it comes to horror. I don’t know if I have the guts for this!

  5. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I tried reading this author’s book The Troop and because of my overwhelming phobia of the main horror show I couldn’t even finish it. Even thinking about it makes me want to throw up and then take a 2 hour scalding shower. *shudders* That being said I really loved his writing so I might try and read this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh gosh…I don’t know if I could handle this. For one thing, I kind of really hate the ocean. Like, scared of it. haha This book does sound all sorts of awesome at the same time however.

  7. Pili

    So this sounds fascinating and bloody scary… so I’m both interesting and scared of reading it, because I’ve said it already… I’m a wuss!! But this sounds so amazing!! What to do?? *fidgets*