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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Reread

Today’s challenge from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is books we might want to reread. Which is funny, because this January it’s #VintageSciFi month and I was planning on delving into my somewhat extensive library and digging out a few sci-fi books to reread. But when it comes to murder-mysteries or thrillers? Hmm, I don’t know about you, but my wish list is as long as now until eternity so there’s not much chance of me actually rereading anything any time soon.

That said, I can tell you about 10 books I would love to have time to reread, and those include in no particular order:

  • BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny — yes, I know, another Louise Penny, but hey, she’s one of my favourite authors. And I love this one not because it’s a riveting story, but because it is set here, in the beautiful city where I live: Québec City. And, it was the first Louise Penny book I ever read.
  • COLD STORAGE by David Koepp — this one will be one of those books I would enjoy rereading because of the characters, the situation with an outstandingly creepy opening, and one of the best throw away lines I’ve ever read in a book, “the deer just took the lift!” Very funny.
  • DEJA DEAD by Kathy Reichs — this was the first book by Kathy Reichs that I ever read, way back when, and started me reading her series. Back then the books were thicker, had more story depth, and had a whole other Temperance Brennan than emerges in later books. Back at the beginning she was still fighting her alcohol addiction, and was much more of an interesting character.
  • DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb — another great series by another talented author, writing about a female bounty hunter with plenty of grit, this is the book that started it all rolling. Like burnt rubber on the asphalt, this one leave the adrenaline pumping.
  • THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — still my favourite and the first Eddie Flynn and, I believe, the first book by Steve Cavanagh. This one, like most of Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, is packed with clever twists, action, and devious villains. This one is fun, fast and will always have a small space on my nightstand.
  • THE DIME by Kathleen Kent — another first novel in a series that caught my attention because of a kick ass female detective, and a twisty, clever plot that grabbed me from the get go. Another well-written book that’s a fast, pounding read.
  • THE DRY by Jane Harper — not really a full-on series yet, nonetheless, THE DRY kicked off Harper’s rise to fame and if you read this one you will see why. Her writing, setting, sense of place and characters make for an outstanding read. So hot it made my skin blister!
  • RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic — like all of the above this is one I can read and read again because the author has crafted such a great character and put him in such a unique setting, that I read this one in just a couple of sittings. Another thorough well written series that needs shouting out about.
  • THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte — written by a Swedish ex-jurno, set in Sweden, featuring another super flawed but absorbing character delving into a very clever mystery that starts with a dead man, and then? Spirals into a huge cover-up and conspiracy with such a clever and twisted ending you will never see it coming.
  • A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King — the first in the Kate Martinelli series from another skilled author with a talent for clever plots, artful mis-direction, and a character you are drawn too.

So there you have it, ten excellent reads that stayed with me long afterwards so much so I’m happy to say I would reread them in a heartbeat. And you? What books would we find on your list? Leave a comment and a link so we can find you.

Cold Storage by David Koepp

Book Summary

When Pentagon bio-terror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository.

Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it.

He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards—one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humour. Will that be enough to save all of humanity?

What I Thought

COLD STORAGE is an incredibly fast read, not just because it’s only 308 pages long, but because it’s that kind of a story. A book you simply cannot put down. I read this in a day. Yes, seven hours on a Sunday, from beginning to end. I really didn’t want to stop as there was too much at stake. Yes, I know, it’s not real, but the science in COLD STORAGE, along with the excellently researched background to the alphabet soup government departments and processes, were spot on. 

The context for this story, a mutated, fast breeding ELE fungus capable of eradicating all life, as we know it, on this fair green earth, is so plausible as to scary the bejesus out of me! Based on reality, and stretched to the what-if point like any good author should, Koepp takes the reader on a wild, scary ride. But then, tempers the real-life horror with two flawed, familiar, and sympathetic characters—Teacake and Naomi—that you are immediately drawn too and root for. 

All the fingernail biting tension is further tempered with plenty of dry humour including the line that I think COLD STORAGE is going to be most remembered for: “The fucking deer just took the fucking elevator.” Uttered by the astonished Teacake (great name btw) who was a character I took an instant liking too.  

While it’s true Diaz and his partner, and senior officer, Trini Romano, get an opener to the book that will blow your socks off (and, might I suggest, not be read before bedtime! Trust me.) It’s Teacake and Naomi who, for the most part, carry the weight of the story. It’s the investment into their two lives that make us care, care about what happens, and adds the heart to what could be an otherwise chilling read. 

Over all, this is a riotous read. Suspend your disbelief at the first page, jump in with macabre glee, after all this is fiction, and have a fun, frightening, all to plausible ride on the horror-tinged train.

David Koepp