In Nick Cutter’s The Deep a plague called the ‘Gets is on the verge of wiping out the human race. The infected start out by forgetting the small things, and then the bigger things until one day their body just forgets how to function. It’s a disease that eats away at a person’s mind and body. It is untreatable and there is no cure. Then a mysterious substance, called Ambrosia, is discovered eight miles below the ocean’s surface in the Mariana Trench. It seems like an answer to humanity’s prayers, or is it?
In record time an underwater research station called the Trieste is set up and three scientists are sent to study the Ambrosia and hopefully cultivate it. Things go amiss when the Trieste stops responding to attempts of communication. The last response was from one of the scientists, Clayton, asking for his brother Luke.
Luke travels to the Trieste along with a pilot to discover what has happened to the scientists on the Trieste. They quickly figure out that things are not what they seem and find themselves trapped at the bottom of the ocean. Isolated yet not entirely alone. There are things in the dark. Creepy, crawly, hungry things.
Cutter’s story is not entirely original. It’s a story about madness and things that lurk in the dark waiting to eat you. We’ve seen this premise before in books like The Shining and movies like Alien. However, just because it isn’t original doesn’t mean it isn’t a thrilling and terrifying read. The Deep is one of those stories that slowly creeps into your subconscious and makes your skin crawl. It will leave you wanting to banish all traces of darkness in your home and check under your bed for monsters. It’s suspenseful, dark, and twisted horrific things are happening all over the place. It scared the crap out of me and I loved it. Also, I will never look at bees the same way again.