The Troop by Nick Cutter
I was warned. I was told it was true horror. And I will concur that it most certainly is.
Basic premise is: a group of five stereotypical scouts and their scoutmaster head off to an island for a traditional weekend camping trip. Not long after arriving, an unexpected visitor arrives by boat. The man is extremely gaunt, seems completely out of sorts, and is raving on and on about being hungry. Scoutmaster Tim, whose day job is a town doctor, follows his Hippocrates Oath and sets out to help, which in doing so, opens up a whole great big can of worms. No, really. No….LITERALLY.
Think of the most awful, most horrific scenario you can imagine. Are you picturing it? Now multiply that times ten. Or maybe a hundred. Cutter spares nothing, digging into the horror and throwing it all over you like projectile vomiting. You will not be able to tread lightly here. Be brave.
What I loved most about this book was the depth of descriptions, from the scouts themselves to the abject horror that permeates almost every page. You truly care about the scouts and their “predicament “. (Well, except one and you will know which one once you read.) You want them to be able to escape their inevitable, terrifying deaths. And I’m not giving anything away by saying there is death—this is a horror novel after all.
After dealing with a pandemic these last three years perhaps it was the wrong (or maybe totally the right?) time to read this one. But if you think we’re just dealing with some coughs and a few face masks you’re fooling yourself.
💥A word or two of caution: PLEASE be aware there is some triggering animal abuse described within, and it really put me off. I had to set the book down and decide if I wanted to continue. I did however, finish and enjoy The Troop. But damn….this is a 100 percent HORROR novel.
Now excuse me while I go take a shower and then look at pictures of kittens for a few days. 😸