|The Deep - Nick Cutter|
The Deep is one of those books. Having read The Troop last year, I knew kind of what I was letting myself in for. I'd say that The Deep did everything in the book in terms of creating a hellish disease, which is taking the world by storm, but went even further.
The 'Gets is an inexplicable illness which is causing the people on Earth to forget. First it's things like how to tie their shoelaces, but once it takes over, forgetfulness spreads to just about every aspect of their life, including how to eat, sleep and breathe. There is no cure. Imagining this disease is scary enough, but that's almost just an aside to the storyline.
Eight miles under the sea, The Trieste is a scientific research base, set up there because there are people who think they've found a cure for the 'Gets. Ambrosia. Luke's brother, Clayton, is one of the scientists tasked with establishing the solution and his brother Luke has received a message that Clayton needs him: the last contact received from The Trieste. So, how can he refuse?
Luke's journey to the bottom of the ocean is peppered with flashbacks to some of his key experiences whilst growing up, as well as his guilt over the worst thing which has ever happened to him. By being there for his brother, can he make amends? Even if just with himself?
Frankly, there are some downright gruesome moments, but worse still, in my opinion, is the thought that you can never escape the things which haunt you. No matter how far you run, they're following you and ultimately consuming you - try how he might, Luke can't do anything but face his fears head on.
As with The Troop, I find the writing style is just fantastic. So descriptive! Although I know there are some criticisms that some parts of The Deep have been borrowed from other films, I'm not sure I'm aware of them. It's terrifying and one of those books which haunts you when you finish it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although thought the ending was a little weaker than I'd have liked. Whilst it kind of brought things to a wrap, I'd have liked to know more about the 'Gets, which weren't really mentioned other than at the start.
Anyway, if you like horror, gruesome, scariness, this is for you.