Shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award for the Best Novel of 2020.
'Beautifully written, thoroughly absorbing and totally terrifying.' said C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
A spine-tingling novel that 'blends psychological thriller and eerie gothic ghost story to create something truly haunting' wrote the Daily Mirror
Someone - or something - is haunting the Titanic.
Deaths and disappearances have plagued the vast liner from the moment she began her maiden voyage on 10 April 1912. Four days later, caught in what feels like an eerie, unsettling twilight zone, some passengers - including millionaire Madeleine Astor and maid Annie Hebbley - are convinced that something sinister is afoot. And then disaster strikes.
Four years later and the world is at war. Having survived that fateful night, Annie is now a nurse on board the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, refitted as a hospital ship. And she is about to realise that those demons from her past and the terrors of that doomed voyage have not finished with her yet . . .
Bringing together Faustian pacts, the occult, tales of sirens and selkies, guilt and revenge, desire and destiny, The Deep offers a thrilling, tantalizing twist on one of the world's most famous tragedies.
Painstakingly researched and meticulously plotted, Katsu's latest (after 2018's The Hunger) infuses a pair of significant shipwrecks with the supernatural. In 1912, docile and dutiful Annie Hebbley, suddenly eager to escape her confined life in a small Northern Ireland town, finds work as a stewardess on the Titanic, where she becomes entwined with a wealthy couple and their new baby and develops strange compulsions as mysterious occurrences, including disappearances and an attempted suicide, plague the ship. In 1916, having survived the Titanic's sinking only to spend the last four years in an asylum, Annie again finds relief through work, this time as a nurse on the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, which has been refitted as a wartime hospital ship. Though readers will be aware of the inevitable tragedies awaiting, Katsu successfully injects suspense into both time lines, spinning a darkly captivating tale of hauntings, possessions, secrets, and class through a multitude of perspectives, as readers slowly come to understand the truth of Annie's often odd behavior. The historically predetermined ending may keep readers from connecting emotionally to the narrative, but Katsu's artful writing and calculated pacing keep the pages turning. This is an impressive, horror-tinged trip back in time.