Today’s review is about The Troop by Nick Cutter. The very first body horror I’ve read. It has been a while since I read this book, so the review will be more focused on the plot and how it had left me feeling rather than the character’s reactions and actions.
We have another Stephen King review, guys. And unlike the last one which was more generalized, this is specific. “Scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. Not for the faint-hearted.”
I couldn’t put it down too. Not even when I was super uncomfortable, but not necessarily scared, with some gore details. The big picture of this novel makes it even scarier. I mean, if something like that -I’m not including spoilers. But something was created in the book- exists I’m sure many many people will want to use it. Lose weight overnight? Oh, bring it on. However irrational it is I know we will fall victims to this. So the central theme was BAM! Now, Nick Cutter wasn’t satisfied with this alone. How about adding another theme of war? This will be a great spoiler if I talk more about it so no.
Here is Goodreads blurb:
Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip; a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected … and one another.
There you have it. Now the reason why you should read this. Honestly, I can’t think of many but these will do:
- Good writing. Even the gory details which I usually skim through in books were well written here. I read them all, not something I’m proud of.
- The plot is terrifyingly good. It’s said that the most frightening things shouldn’t be over the board. And this isn’t. It’s not ghosts, demons, devils, or whatever. Just something humans made. Mind you, it isn’t just a just.
- It is gripping. We get enough back story to know the characters personally and that makes the writing even more disturbing. There is a sociopath here. Yup, I just dropped you one spoiler.
- There are some trigger warnings I’ll have to point out. There is animal abuse? More like deaths and oh so many gore details. I’ve read about people who said it made them gag or vomit but I was warned beforehand. So I braced myself enough to not have had this feeling.
Now, will I reread this?
No. Not really. But will I read from this author again? Yes. I’ll check out his book The Deep. But I don’t like water horror or maybe it’s because I haven’t read any yet. I’ll give it a try though.
That’s all I have to say about The Troop by Nick Cutter. It is terrifying but hasn’t made it to my scariest book ever. Read it and let’s discuss in the comment section.
Peace out ✌️