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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  10,535 ratings  ·  1,873 reviews
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 ke
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Gallery Books
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okay, so the back of this book claims it is like The Abyss meets The Shining, and on the one hand, you might think to yourself "yeah, well it's a horror book that takes place under the sea - pretty lazy comparison, that." but it's actually a perfect comparison, and one which goes beyond the obvious surface-similarities. this book is just classic horror writing. by which i mean classic MODERN horror writing, not that algernon blackwood stuff that relies too much on half-seen apparitions and insin ...more
**2.5-stars rounded up**

I'm emotionally exhausted and I don't mean in a good way.

This book was a completely stressful mind f*ck.

My second Cutter book. The first being, The Troop which I easily gave 5-glowing stars.

This one was much more difficult for me to get into and stay interested. Some of the things I enjoyed were:

~ basic premise
~ claustrophobic feel
~ the Trieste itself, particularly how it was a character in and of itself. This reminded me of how The Overlook Hotel feels in The Shining.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When I first saw this book. I hit request button faster than fat girl can grab up a cake (I resemble that remark)..and then Netgalley you deny me!!! ARGGGG
Then I asked the question.....
Who do I gotta sleep with to get this dang book?

I figured hooking for books hasn't been invented yet. I gave it my all.

Then, I finally got my grubby little hands on a copy of this book. Why do I do this to myself??!!!
I hate the frigging ocean and deep water!! It's one of my biggest fears. My dumb ass just needs t
Dan Schwent
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
While a disease called The 'Gets ravages the surface world, a substance that may be the cure is being researched at an installation on the floor of the Marianas Trench. When one of the scientists requests his brother's help just before the communication system dies, Luke has no choice but to descend to the unknown depths and confront horrors he cannot imagine...

I got this from Netgalley.

That was one harrowing read. I thought Nick Cutter couldn't top The Troop. I was wrong. Not only did he top Th
11811 (Eleven)
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone I don't like
There were so many things wrong with this book. My review will be equally messy because I'm still mad and I can't get this down in an orderly manner but I'm not a writer so I'm excused.

To the author: This is my longest negative review ever. You emotionally instigated me. That counts for something. I loved The Troop and plan to read whatever you write next. With that said, here comes the pain! (in no particular order)

As far as the comparisons to The Thing, Alien, and The Abyss, I would say this
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, 2016-shelf, sci-fi
Well now! It looks like I've found my next favorite Horror author!

It has modern sensibilities and old-school terror and gross-out all wrapped up in one shiny underwater package and a really bad mom.

Say what?

The psychological horror, from the flashbacks of a horrible mom and the losing of his kid and the dawning realization of what he's *now* going through kept pace with the sheer physical horror of the story. The pacing was pitch-perfect. The gross-outs were creepy as hell and utterly delightful
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may be late to the party but there was never any doubt that I would take the plunge.

Nick Cutter first caught my attention with The Troop.  That book had me so creeped out that I knew I would pick up anything else he wrote without hesitation.

And so ....

There is a radical new disease plaguing humanity called The Gets.  No-one is sure how it is spread and there is no cure in sight.  It starts out as a series of small round sores and soon it begins to affect your memory.  Little things at first, l
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
No, Nick Cutter: writing a stellar first novel (& perennial The Ruins doppelganger) THE TROOP does NOT guarantee you a successful second one. This is very low rate, a messy mashup of Micheal Crichton's Sphere, Stephen King's It, myriad Outbreak movies, as well as any other given horror motif promoting character development. I am just mega disappointed by this writer I once thought so promising! Will I read his third book, though? Yup!! ...more
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I’m sure plenty of you will disagree with this 5 Star rating come January, but Honey Badger don’t give a shit so she’s giving it all 5.

“There is a specific depth you’ll hit where the soul finds it impossible to harmonize with its surroundings.

It’s not the darkness . . . It’s not the vast silence or emptiness or the absence of any life-forms he can draw warmth or certainty from . .

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I've been a lifelong fan of horror and the older I get, it seems to me the harder it's getting to scare me and to get my hands on the good stuff. One positive thing about this sad development is that it's forced me to venture out into other genres and try new things and find new loves. My first love however -- my one true love -- will always remain horror. It's in my DNA (literally probably because my parents were huge fans of things going
Edward Lorn
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Nick Cutter’s The Deep will more than likely go down in history as the only three-star book to make it onto my Top 20 Reads list.

The Deep is easily the scariest book I’ve ever read, but the content I found scariest seems to have been taken part and parcel from some of my favorite movies. The blurb touts that this book is “The Abyss meets The Shining”, yet a more apt description would be: “Event Horizon shags Sphere who then fornicates with Carpenter’s The Thing.” Entire sections of those three
I made it through the whole year with nothing less than 2 stars, then in December I have had two 1 star books. Both were supposed to be horror, but both were just horrible.

I may have gone 2 stars on this one for some creativity, but my hopes were too high after the Troop.

This book was a mess. It had things that could be plot points, but no truly identifiable plot. The gore in it was for the sake of gore and often had very little, if any, context with the rest of what was going on. The way the de
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost enjoyed this book...almost. Truth is, maybe if it had been shorter then maybe I would have liked it more. It was tedious. It at times felt like drudgery just getting through it, and there were whole chapters that I would speed read. I did enjoy the characters. Unfortunately, Nick Cutter doesn't seem to believe in letting his characters have even a small chance of hope. So, for me it was hard to keep reading when it becomes apparent how the story will end. I'm glad I read the book, and I ...more
A mysterious disease dubbed “the ‘gets” is ravaging the human population. Starting off slowly, it hinders your ability to remember where you parked or where you left your wallet. In time, it advances to the point where you forget to breathe and your heart forgets to beat.

A new substance, believed to be a miraculous cure-all healer, is discovered at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the lowest known point in the ocean. It isn't long before a state of the art research center, populated with a sel
Michael Jensen
Sep 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was just terrible for a whole host of reasons.

I'll start by saying that while Cutter's first book, The Troop, wasn't a perfect book, it was at least a decent one that left me curious to see what the author would come up with next. Let's just say I'm in no way curious about Cutter's third book. Frankly, you couldn't pay me to read it after slogging through The Deep.

Here are my problems with The Deep.

1) The Characters

What worked about The Troop was that it had characters you cared about.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: public-library
Eight miles below the surface of the ocean, a small team of scientists are working feverishly to harness the properties of a substance that has been discovered on the ocean floor that just may save the world from a plague of staggering proportions.

We think we know dark. Nope. Not darkness like this, knowing and ageless and cunning. The sheer pressure of living underwater seems to play with one's thoughts, twisting them into mutations of what is real and true. As your mind starts slipping gears,
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, the scariest part of this book was when the damned submarine descended into the water. I've never really thought about how scary it would be to travel miles underwater and then just hang out at the bottom of the sea. I don't even like snorkeling or scuba diving. I'm not really much of a fish fan either. Hell, why did I even read this book?

Oh yeah... because The Troop was a good book. And this book sucked.

The beginning was alright and the ending was stupid. That's really all you need to kn
Horace Derwent
good story, but too much unrelated jive for bedding the story though it was enjoyable for me

yeah, the story is really good, the storyline is fine too, and reasonable, i mean acceptable

but something in this book was always doing something weird to my thoughts, when i went deeper, i only concerned with LB, that petite chocolate lab

the ending part obtains several pages, some people might think that this part ruined the whole story. to me, it led me into nowhere, cuz i still can't figure out what th
Joe Valdez
The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was The Deep by Nick Cutter. This is a well-executed thriller by an author whose previous novel The Troop was terrific. Cutter, pseudonym of Canadian author Craig Davidson, returns to gothic horror with style straight out of the Stephen King playbook, with the spectacular body horror of movies like The Thing or The Fly thrown in. But what was terrible and exciting in his previous novel is done to death here.

The novel opens in Guam, where vete
Cindy Newton
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I had started this book a while back, so I decided to go ahead and finish it as a quick read. I see that a lot of my friends loved this book, but I didn't. There was certainly no lack of lurid descriptions of unearthly entities, gory deaths and dismemberments, and other typical horror fare. I just couldn't CARE about any of it. There was just too much going on. Everything but the kitchen sink was thrown into the mix. I think it would have been more effective to pick a couple of tropes and fully ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3 1/2 Submerged Stars

The story and horror aspect was good but it was drawn out. I think this could have been a much shorter book with an epilogue. The author does has a fantastic imagination though...


OK - so I pondered this one and here are my thoughts.

This book started off great and I thought to myself "awesome...I can finally get into a scary book" but then it kind of fell flat.

I trudged on and it picked up again but then it got too weird for even me. More or less - it seemed to go
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

While humans are dying in mass numbers from a new, untreatable plague, "The 'Gets" (because it causes people to forget things....including breathing and eating....), a group of scientists are 8 miles below the ocean, hunting for what they hope is a possible cure. Labeled Ambrosia, this substance found in the darkest depths seems to have the power to regenerate things--but is that all that it does? Lucas, estranged brother to the arguably most brilliant scientist down there, is suddenly
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I finished this book yesterday and I'm sad it's over. I decided to buy The Deep after reading Nick Cutter's The Troop a few months ago. Both lived up to the hype, but after reading The Troop, I didn't believe that The Deep could possibly leave me feeling as shell-shocked as The Troop. But The Deep 'deeply' astounded me. The Deep is not for the imaginatively-challenged - Cutter's graphic, comprehensive descriptions demand a creative, broad-minded audience. The Deep thoroughly fulfilled itself as ...more
Update 12/7/15 - The Deep was one of my Top 10 Picks of 2015. See what other books made my list on Badass Book Reviews.

Initial Thoughts: This has got to be one of the scariest books I've read in a long time. It takes all of your fears, sticks them in the periphery of your vision, and taunts you. And worst of all, it takes place 8 miles below sea level in an undersea lab where nothing is what it seems. The Deep is a thrilling psychological horror which would appeal to fans of Stephen King.

Faye, la Patata
And here I thought I knew what real horror was about... man, this book sure put me in my place, because it took "scary" to the extremes and put "mindfuck" right alongside it for good measure. A bit of warning, folks: this book is not for the faint of heart. Believe what the rest of the people are saying: when they say this book is horror, they fucking mean it.

To be honest, I don't really know how to review this book other than to say it scared the shit out of me - psychologically, mentally, and
October spooky read #6!

"We watch it out there. Perhaps it watches us, too."

Last October, I read “The Acolyte” (, and now I will never, ever be able to get some of the images Nick Cutter created out of my head. So thanks a lot for that, Nick, you sick fuck; there was no way I could resist seeing if you’d be able to traumatize the shit out of me again this year, so I put “The Deep” on my October reading pile.

A strange and deadly plague affecting memory has
Ms. Nikki
Ambrosia, the name of a potential cure for a devastating disease that is wreaking havoc on the population, is being researched in a facility at the bottom of the ocean. The underwater station has not responded after one of the doctors left an unsettling message for his brother asking him to venture down into the abyss.

Luke, the brother, can't believe the request seeing as how their relationships is not on the best of terms, but is willing to make the trip for the cure, if not his brother.


Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't even know what all to say right now. My brain is a little mind blown right now. *Shell shocked* First, a warning: This is my first go-round with Nick Cutter and I was not expecting this. You should know, if you decide to read this book, that it's *very* graphic. Not right away, you see--no, that would be a turn off.
Cutter reels you in slowly, a bit at a time, you manage to swallow some pretty foul tasting medicine but you keep going, venturing forward-- and then, when you're nice and hoo
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nick Cutter did it again! Cutter weaves a horrifying tale that reminds me of what the horror genre is missing and I love it. There's endless suspense, tension, psychological warfare, alien matter, and just good ol' fashion terror. After reading last year's The Troop I was excited to see Cutter was back in the saddle. Anyone who's read The Troop knows there was some f**ked up Sh** happening to those boys. Poor, poor boys. Poor, poor us if we ever find ourselves living a true-life Cutter tale. Fir ...more
Rick Riordan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Note to self: This was probably not the right book to read before I went on that scuba diving trip. Cutter delivers a super-creepy tale about a research lab at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, which may be humanity’s only hope for finding a cure for the ‘Gets, a new Alzheimer’s-like plague that has decimated the world population. Unfortunately, the deep-sea station goes silent, then begins sending up strange garbled communications. Then one of the researchers resurfaces in a mini-sub, except h ...more
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“The water wasn't the same down here.

Water is what runs out of the kitchen taps or a playground drinking fountain. It fills bathubs and pools and yes, of course, the ocean- but at a certain depth, water becomes a barrier from all you remember, all you think you know.

You're trapped within it, a plaything of it.

Focus erodes. Your thoughts mutate. The pressure.

The pressure.

The soul can't cope with that. It shouldn't be expected to.

Humans weren't built for this. There's a reason nothing lives down here.

Or nothing should.”
“The detritus of animal and plant life that had died miles above. It fell steadily through each zone of the ocean, down and down, shredding into flakes, leached of pigment until it became bone white. A snow of death.” 2 likes
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