Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster on January 13th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Also by this author: Little Heaven
Hardcover provided by Gallery Books
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. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.
But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Mariana Trench, a heretofore-unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia”—a universal healer, from initial reports—has been discovered. It may just be the key to eradicating the ‘Gets.
In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few 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.
This book was terrifying. I don’t mean some parts of it were gross, it was full of creepy ideas and hopeless situations. Not only that, The Deep had me completely engrossed so that I was up reading into the wee hours of the night. The small hours when everyone else is already asleep and I laid awake wondering about every single noise and shadow.
Luke had a really rough childhood. His brother Clayton is a mad scientist and his mother is a fucking nightmare. His childhood could only have produced madness. Yet he is traumatized even further by losing his son. Every parent’s worse nightmare. Luke is a veterinarian, and so animals feature front and center in this story. I almost wept for those animals. I might have if I hadn’t been so fricken terrified.
This story leaves no safe place for Luke. Traveling eight miles down into the ocean is scary and creepy enough. The ‘Gets, the disease which makes you slowly forget everything, fuels these scientists to find a cure. Find something that can be used to stop The ‘Gets from robbing people of their memories. The thing they find is nothing like a cure. It is frightful. The people involved in this science are really a new breed of crazy. Not speaking to each other for days at a time, hiding their discoveries from each other. Luke is the main scientists brother. The only communication from him is a a message for his brother to come down, to come home.
I really enjoyed the writing style. This story jumps right in with scary. The story flows at a great pace. The author cut this story up into sections, which should have been a hint for me to put it down. I couldn’t. I couldn’t stand to be haunted by this story for one more minute wondering where the twisted author would lead the characters. Now that I know the scary conclusion I am sated, but very disturbed.
This is hands down the best horror I have ever read.