It’s the future, and many people have a specifically created tapeworm inside them to regulate their medical needs. Sally Mitchell had one at the time of her car accident; when they had all but pulled the plug, Sally came back, but with no memories and had to be retaught everything. It’s been 6 years, and Sal still has to report back to the biomed company that created the worm, be evaluated and tested whenever because they pay the medical bills. But lately, people have been coming down with what the doctors are calling a “sleeping sickness”, where suddenly a person no longer is responsive – the lights are on, but no one is home. When those newly stricken start becoming violent, it really gets scary – zombie movie scary. This book was so very good, with a nicely developed future world and the advances in science that may do us all in. But it’s the first in a series, and it ended on such a note that I cannot wait for the next book to be released (which it recently was; I need to track it down)!
45. Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts), 402 pages, Mystery, 2014 (In Death, Book 38).
It’s December, 2060, and millionaire Roarke is about to turn a derelict into a beautiful new building. But his first swing of the mallet to herald the beginning of that transformation reveals dead bodies hidden in the walls; he calls in his wife, Lt. Eve Dallas, NYPD Homicide. There are the remains of 12 pre-teen to early teen girls, and they likely have been hidden since the building was last occupied by a shelter for kids 15 years earlier. Now little more than skeletons, we have a new character to our In Death family, Dr. Garnet DeWinter, a highly fashionable and very skilled forensic anthropologist, to help find the identities of the missing girls. It’s a heart-breaking case, but Dallas won’t rest easy until the killer is found and justice is served.
46. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated by Ebba Segerberg, 371 pages, Horror, 2004.
Oskar is the kid the other kids pick on. But one night, he meets Eli, and his life starts changing. As their friendship develops, it turns out that Eli is actually a vampire. It’s painful to read the tales of childhood bullying, and Eli’s tale is also horrible – in the sense that the actions were horrible; the writing, the way this story is told, is masterful. Absolutely brilliant. I have seen both movies based on this book, the Swedish and the American versions. I thought I knew what this book had in store for me. The book blows both movies away; it is by far more complex, and ugly, and beautiful, and detailed. This story is worth reading, even with all the triggers in it, if you can manage it.
47. Let The Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated by Ebba Segerberg, 400 pages, Horror Short Story Collection, 2013.
Twelve short stories from my favorite Swedish horror writer! Two of them are sequels to his novels Handling the Undead and Let the Right One In. Wonderful! (A listing of the short stories, along with a short write-up of each, are at my journal.)