Book Review: The Luminous Dead

🌺🌺🌺🌺 /5

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

TW: Claustrophobia, paranoia

Gyre Price needs cash. She needs to get off-world. And the best way to do this is by cave-diving—and she’s found the perfect expedition. Great equipment. Decent contract. High pay-out. So what if she fudged her experience a little? She knows how to climb. She’s strong.

But her support team ends up being a team of one. And that one is Em. Em, who drugs her. Who lies to her. Who manipulates her.

And there’s something else.

There’s something in the caves with her.
What did I just read?!


One thing for certain: I will never, ever, ever, ever go spelunking. Or cave diving. Or diving in water with anything solid or liquid over my head EVER. Hell, I’m probably never going to go into a swimming pool again.

Do not read this if you are claustrophobic. Do not read this if you scare easily (gah I’m such a wimp). Do not read this if you like tight spaces, aren’t afraid of the dark or find cave diving an enjoyable and delightful experience (why, tho). 

Lol jk. Read whatever the hell you want.


This is how this book made me feel

Read this taut psychological sci-fi horror thriller. Its tense, atmospheric creepiness kept me far up into the night, and since I don’t have an unethical handler prepped to administer uppers without my consent, I went to sleep when I got tired, had nightmares, and then woke up and finished this book.

I never thought that I would read a book with only two characters (well, mayyyyybe) that revolves around cave exploration on another planet, much less be entertained by said book, but this was entertaining, riveting and oh so scary.

Have I mentioned this was scary?

It’s scary.

Because are you ever really alone?


I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

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