The Troop by Nick Cutter
Goosebumpy good! ~ Sheila
Scoutmaster Tim Riggs is once again taking his troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for their annual trip. The boys are a great group that are a joy to hang out with.
Then their first night there while the boys are sleeping, Tim hears noises around the camp. Going out to explore, he comes across a man who is clearly extremely sick and so bone thin Tim can not even believe that he standing on his own. The man is hungry and Tim brings him back to the camp ground trying to do “what a good scout” should do to give him some of their food.
Things only turn worse as the man cries out in pain and thrashes around deliriously, and Tim starts to rethink his decision of bringing this man into a camp with the young boys who have awaken and are curious as to what is going on.
What starts out as simple weekend adventure, quickly turns into a nightmarish weekend of survival as Tim and the boys realize they have exposed themselves to something they could have never imagined and what happens next is not written in any scout book….
Goosebumpy good! I have always been a fan of good old-fashioned scares…. the books and movies I grew up on that were scary, but not over the top gruesome and so far-fetched you wondered about the mind who wrote them. When I heard that The Troop was a good scare… I was in.
Is The Troop a good scare? You bet! As I listened to this one on audio, I found at times I was thinking “oh no, oh no….” Nick Cutter’s debut novel does not leave you feeling like you were short-changed in the scare department for sure! This read is totally camp fire worthy! The book flashes backward and forward occasionally as pieces of what is happening is revealed brilliantly through snippets of information of both before the trip and after. These flashes were well positioned and I never felt lost in what was happening only more involved.
The book is not perfect. I was left with a couple of questions I felt should have been addressed, but still I would recommend this book to good old-fashioned thriller lovers…
Did it scare me? You bet. :)