Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

So many things to love about this book!  First, the cover is amazing, right?  It is perfectly eerie and dark, but beautiful at the same time.  The Troop is about a boy scout troop taking their annual wilderness excursion to an uninhabited island off the coast of their small town in Prince Edward Island.  Unexpectedly, a strange man stumbles out of the woods begging for food before collapsing and, eventually dying.  Unfortunately for the scout troop, he spreads his infection before dying.  As the infection (infestation?) spreads through the troop, they realize that they must survive on their own, abandoned on the island by the military in an attempt to contain the contagion.  And one little boy is quite the little creeper himself...

Impressive.  I loved the multiple points of view, the characterization, and especially the setting.  I'm not typically a horror reader, but the tone of this (sinister/suspenseful) really appealed to me.  I have no complaints or criticisms as far as writing is concerned.

Entertainment Value
A contagion, an evil little boy, and a survival story?  Yes, please!  It appealed to me on so many fronts and totally delivered.  I was sucked into the story almost immediately and couldn't get enough.  I read most of it at a cabin on a girls' weekend with the Nesties and totally got into the whole "deserted island" feel of it.  It reminded me in a lot of ways of It by Stephen King, with the focus on coming of age/loss of childhood in the face of evil.

I recommend it for fans of horror, contagion-type stories, and anyone looking for a good scare.

A word of caution: This book is dark and gory.  There are graphic descriptions of experiments on animals and people, as well as descriptions of violent acts against humans and animals.  It's not for those with weak stomachs.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review!


  1. This sounds excellent, gory for sure. I was thinking some kind of experiment, gone wrong maybe.... Adding to list, actually I'm going NetGalley to see if I can get it.

  2. My reaction to this book reminds me of all the reviews I've read of Tampa (by Alissa Nutting)...I am strangely drawn to it, but rather afraid of the content. Haha. I really want to read it but not sure if I can handle all the gore!

  3. Survival-in-the-wilderness AND a bonus freaky disease?!?! SIGN ME UP!!! I'll have to add this to my tbr list. :)