Deep Level

When Rich stumbles upon a secret Victorian underground network, he sees not only a great historical discovery, but also a way out of his humdrum life. He convinces three of his friends to join him, and together they venture deep into the maze of tunnels beneath London’s bustling streets.

A rude girl made good. An aspiring writer. A cinema usher from Wales. A bookseller who dreams of being an urban explorer. Four friends trapped together in one nightmarish situation as they realise some things are kept secret for a reason.

Will any of them manage to escape the horror that lurks in the DEEP LEVEL?

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My Review
Deep Level is one of those horror novels that isn't exactly scary so much as it's unsettling and creepy. I found the buildup to everything more horrifying than what was really going on down there in the deep level of the tunnels. Just waiting with anticipation for something to happen stressed me out way more than the horrors that lay beneath the streets. That's not to say the stuff that happened in the darkness of the deep level wasn't strange or spooky. It just didn't hold a candle (ha!) to the suspense of going down into the tunnels. 
The story follows four friends--Rich, Ffion, Syeeda, and Rosalind--as they go on a trek into these sealed tunnels under the streets of London. Rich wants to become an urban explorer, and with the help of the three ladies, he knows he can film something no one has seen in decades and make a ton of money from selling the footage. He can then use that money to divorce his wife and go on his merry old way. With a map from a curious old man, some night-vision goggles, and some headlamps for the ladies, Rich is ready to see what really resides in the deep level of these sealed tunnels. Too bad these four will get way more than they bargained for once they're down there.
This book was definitely interesting. Like I said above, it was a bit stressful because I kept expecting so many horrible things to happen in the dark on the way down. As soon as the rock rolled out of the darkness and that weird cough sounded, I would have run away so fast. But the characters apparently weren't as spooked as I would have been and continued their trek into the depths of hell. And what they find in the deep level might as well be hell. It's definitely a nightmare.
With characters who share humorous banter, a creepy and unsettling locale, and a fascinating plot that will keep you on your toes, Deep Level is a book fans of the horror genre should definitely pick up.
4 stars from me!

Author Bio – By day, Richard E. Rock works as a commercial scriptwriter for radio and contributes ideas to Viz Comic. But by night...he writes horror.

He was inspired to do this after experiencing a series of particularly ferocious nightmares. After waking up and realising he could turn these into utterly horrible stories, he started deliberately inducing them.

Based in Wales, he lives with his girlfriend and their cat. If you’re looking for him, you’ll probably find him wedged up against the barrier at a heavy metal gig, for that is his natural habitat.

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