Title: The Troop
Author: Nick Cutter
Publication Date: February 25. 2014
Number of Pages: 355
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or one another.
Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.
Here we we follow a group of boy scouts and their scoutmaster who went to spend the weekend in an island where they are the only people. They’ve been doing this every year since they were five and this year’s just another one of their weekend camping trip… until a man arrives at the island; he’s very thing and very very hungry.
This is another slow burn horror/thriller novel, and though I’ve mentioned that I am not a big fan of the said trope in this type of genre, I have to say that I really enjoyed this one and to be honest, the slow burn was part of the process of creeping the hell out of me.
Though I have to admit that there were times when I struggled to get through it because of the slow-pace (which is the reason why I had to rake off the last star in my rating), I still had a great time reading this book and finding out about what really is happening in the island and what’s wrong with the mysterious man who arrived in the island.
The ending was perfect and it honestly made me teary-eyed knowing about what really went through, I feel for the characters and the scouts. Overall, I recommend this if you are a fan of horror. It’s not too intense, but still very creepy, in my opinion.
Trigger warning on body horror.