This thriller, about a young NASA doctor trying to combat a lethal microbe in space, is one of the best I’ve ever read. Dr. Emma Watson is on a mission. Jack McCallum, her husband, was to go as well but he’s grounded due to a medical condition. He can only watch bitterly from the sidelines. Once aboard the space station, however, things go horribly wrong with an experiment involving organisms from the sea. Cells rapidly multiply, infecting the crew. NASA’s attempt to reach them ends in catastrophe as a shuttle crashes crippling the space station. Emma strives to contain the microbe while her husband works frantically to bring her home. Unfortunately, the contagion threatens Earth. The astronauts are left stranded in space, quarantined where they die one by one. Gerritsen also pens the hugely successful Rizzoli and Isles crime series. I wish she’d write more thrillers. She is currently suing Warner Bros. given that the idea for the movie Gravity was basically stolen from this book.