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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  12,859 ratings  ·  2,286 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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Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
i hope nick cutter is prepared to pay for all the fucking therapy im gonna need bc of this book
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. Unfortunately, my friends, in this case that's not a good thing.

This book was such a stressful experience for me; I just couldn't relax into it.

The Deep is my second Cutter novel. The first I read was 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 did enjoy were the basic premise, the overall claustrophobic feel, and the Trieste itself.

I loved how Cutt
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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, thought the characters were well developed, with a few twists that I didn’t correctly anticipate. If you like body horror, you’ll enjoy The Deep. Unsure how I felt about the ending, left me a little unsatisfied, and ultimately the difference between a 3 and 4 star rating.
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: sci-fi, 2016-shelf, horror
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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Save your last breath to scream

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
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
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
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Nick Cutter's The Troop was a truly frightening and memorable read for me so I excitedly put The Deep at the top of my October list.

And oh boy, a creepy good start introduces us to an atmosphere of unbearable heat, a crawling jungle and a man infected with the 'Gets disease..."a plague decimating humanity on a global scale."

With a cure thought to lie deep at the ocean's floor, Luke responds to an unusual and urgent request from his estranged brainiac brother to join him 8 miles below the surfac

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
I’m No Scaredy-cat, but…

I would call this book a psychological horror story. Let me begin.

Lucas is turned off from living. He’s been this way since his son mysteriously disappeared, many years ago.

There is something wrong going on with the people of earth. They are losing their memories. His older brother, who is a genius, is working on trying to help solve the problem.

He is working on a research vessel, eight miles under the sea. When the station is no longer responsive, Lucas is called upon to
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Daniel Corey
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap was this book creepy. I’m talking nightmare fuel. Unleaded. A mounting sense of dread permeates every sentence. The setting couldn’t possibly be any more claustrophobic. It literally takes place in a laboratory 8 miles down at the bottom of the ocean, full of punishingly tight crawl spaces, segmented corridors with dead ends, extremely dim lighting, and something incredibly sinister that likes to play head games. There are some images in this book that I’m pretty sure will be permanent ...more
Sadie Hartmann
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
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
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
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I've been asked to set this up by The Powers That Be, and I'm more than happy to, although I can't really say much about myself seeing as Nick Cutter doesn't exactly exist—he's a pen name. A cool, tough pen name! Your mileage will vary on whether you agree, but that was the thinking. Horror writers should have crisp, punchy names. Stephen King. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Not that I

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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.”
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