New Release Review: The Deep by Nick Cutter
Release date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Book provided by NetGalley and Gallery Books
AH’s Review – 5 Skulls – A
The Deep takes terror to a whole new level. The author takes our biggest fears and places them just in the periphery of our sight. It’s the shadows, the darkness, and the unknown that are the scariest. That, combined with an isolated (and rescue-free) setting 8 miles below sea level add to the claustrophobic feeling that further triggers terror. The fear is all encompassing: all around you AND inside your head. There is no refuge.
The Deep plays on the characters’ real-life experiences and finds those things that terrified them in childhood. It then takes those fears and amplifies them. Fear of bugs – check. Fear of overbearing parents – check. Fear of clowns – check. Fear of the monster under the bed – check. It’s not the monster that scares us – it’s the very thought of that monster that gives us the willies.
As I read The Deep, I found myself Googling various aspects of this book. Is it possible to dive 8 miles below sea level? Yes. Were the laboratory dogs really named after Russian space dogs? Yes. Is there such a thing as a Tickle Trunk? (Canadians of a certain age know that one). The research for the book was impeccable.
As for the writing, see how you feel after you read this quote:
This place repulses.
There is nothing to nourish the soul.
Nothing but man made angle and inert materials. Nothing is cut from nature, holding the supple appeal of objects that God has touched. God’s finger doesn’t reach down this far.
The Deep is a MUST READ for horror lovers. Nick Cutter has become a favorite author and an auto-buy choice for me. I’m so excited that a new book is planned for May 2015 – The Acolyte. I can’t wait!
Recommended for fans of Stephen King books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for a review copy of this book.
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