Monday, 19 January 2015

Review: The Deep

The DeepThe Deep by Nick Cutter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of The Deep from the publisher in return for an honest review.

The Gets, a disease that is slowly spreading and causing people to forget, little things at first, then bigger things, until eventually they forget how to live. 8 miles under the sea a team of scientists research a substance they think may cure the disease before it wipes out humanity. But everything has gone quiet. The surface has lost communication with the team below. The last message received was for Luke Nelson from his brother Clayton, one of the scientists... "We need you. Lucas. Come home."

First off, I must warn you that if you can't read about animals being hurt or suffering, then this one is not for you.

The Deep is a dark, creepy and claustrophobic read. I used to be terrified of the dark right up until I was a teenager and I hadn't thought about that fear in a long time, till I read this book. The descriptions of the underwater scenes really gave me the creeps and I could feel the darkness sneaking up on me as I was reading. The fear and tension was oozing out the pages, it really grabs your attention and despite the fact that it has you feeling claustrophobic and totally creeped out, you just can't help yourself from reading on.

The pacing is perfect, it starts off a little slow and lulls you into a false sense of security before literally throwing you into the deep end with no warning or inkling of what's ahead. The author expertly places you right into the midst of one of the most terrifying and helpless situations you can ever imagine and captures the mental anguish and decline of the mind in such a situation perfectly. The sounds, the dark, the tension, the atmosphere, the creatures, the list goes on and on. One thing you can be certain of is that he's going to grab you by the seat of your pants and hone right in on one of your deepest phobias and have you reaching for the lamp switch.

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  1. A dark, creepy and claustrophobic read indeed. I didn't call it out in my review, but you're right about the sounds contributing to that claustrophobic atmosphere - all those pings and creaks really wear you down.

    1. Yeah the sounds really made you feel like it was all about to implode around you at any second. He used the sound so well, it affected you without you really knowing it at the time.

      You were right, shhh I'll only say that once :P, it got a lot more creepier!