Friday, October 13, 2017

Crystal Memes: Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

Hello friends! It looks like I'm in a bit of a reviewing lull at the moment, so I figured we'd have a late night Crystal Memes post. I'm looking for different meme blogs, so if you have a favorite please leave a comment so I can check them out. In the meme-time *Yeah, let's forget that just happened* today's topic is from the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Enjoy!

Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why?

I friggin' love suspense books. Horror, not so much, but put a suspense book in front of me and I'm a happy camper. Now it doesn't have to be romantic suspense, although that is what I'm drawn to the most. I do enjoy a lot of straight suspense books or romantic suspense books that are heavier on the suspense. If I want one with more romance, my go-to authors are Linda Howard, Kate Brady, Mandy Baxter, Helenkay Dimon, Lena Diaz, Jennifer Ryan, etc. If I'm in the mood for more suspense than romance, I will turn towards Iris Johansen, Lisa Jackson, Tess Gerritsen, etc.

My favorite author that can be both horror and suspense is Tess Gerritsen. While she's more known for her Rizzoli & Isles series, it was her older books that originally grabbed my attention. One book in particular left quite the impression on me. That book was Gravity. Published in 1999, Gravity is the story of physician Emma Watson and the doomed space mission. Of course things go horribly wrong and bodies start exploding. Yeah...

I could ramble about the many elements of Tess's writing that I love, but it is her medical training that leaves a lasting impression. She's able to put a whole different level of depth into her medical thrillers. Whether it is organ harvesting or deadly infections, they are so realistic and creepy. I love 'em! If you are ever in the mood for medical thrillers that'll stay with you, definitely pick up on of Tess's earlier books. Then move on to her Rizzoli & Isle.

Gravity (1999)
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A young NASA doctor must combat a lethal microbe that is multiplying in the deadliest of environments — space — in this acclaimed blockbuster of medical suspense from Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, and Bloodstream.

Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for the mission of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. Jack, McCallum, Emma’s estranged husband, has shared her dream of space travel, but a medical condition has grounded and embittered him. He must watch from the sidelines as his wife prepares for her first mission to the International Space Station.

Once aboard the space station, however, things start to go terribly wrong. A culture of single-celled organisms known as Archaeons, gathered from the deep sea, is to be monitored in the microgravity of space. The true and lethal nature of this experiment has not been revealed to NASA. In space, the cells rapidly multiply and soon begin to infect the crew-with agonizing and deadly results.

A recovery attempt ends in catastrophe; the NASA shuttle crashes, and the space station is left dangerously crippled. Emma struggles to contain the deadly microbe, while back home, Jack and NASA work against the clock to retrieve Emma from space.

But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth’s population as well, and the astronauts are left stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station-where they are dying one by one…

Give me some recommendations. Who is your favorite suspense author? Do you enjoy romantic suspense more than straight suspense?

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