Publisher: Headline (8th October 2015)
A plague is destroying the world's population. The 'Gets makes people forget. First it's the small things, like where you left your keys ... then the not-so-small things, like how to drive. And finally your body forgets how to live.
But now an unknown substance with extraordinary power to heal has been discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Nicknamed ambrosia, it might just be the miracle cure the world has been praying for.
A research lab has been established eight miles below the sea's surface, but all contact with the team has been lost. Dr Luke Nelson's brother is down there and as desperation for a cure outweighs common sense, he agrees to descend through the lightless fathoms ... perhaps to face an evil blacker than anything he could have imagined.
When the likes of Stephen King and Clive Barker describe a novel as 'not for the faint-hearted' and 'terrifying', I'm inclined to take notice. At first glance, The Deep looks like just another apocalyptic horror, where a typically terrible disease threatens to wipe out the human race. The Deep is precisely that - and a whole lot more besides!
At the beginning of the book, Luke is somewhat of an enigma, but as events aboard the underwater research lab unfold, we learn more about him, including his childhood and the circumstances that surround his relationship with his brother, the scientist.
As Luke, accompanied by Al, works his way through the lab and encounters more characters, the level of terror builds exponentially. I found it really difficult to read at night because it was so scary; it made me question every little noise I heard.
The author's clever use of language and intelligent writing style made The Deep seem so real. I felt as though I was 8 miles under the sea, traversing the many corridors of the research lab, alongside Luke and Al. Just when I thought it couldn't get any more horrifying, yet another atrocity was revealed - I can't stress how scary it is!
Thanks to Headline and Bookbridgr for providing me with a review copy, in return for my unbiased review.