Host by Robin Cook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I like Robin Cook's medical thrillers - they are fast paced and provide a window into medical science and conspiracies without too many technicalities.
Host starts off well – getting very quickly into action, piquing your curiosity. A medical mystery of a healthy adult Carl who enters Mason Dixon hospital for a routine surgery and enters into a coma post surgery with brain damage. This leaves his girlfriend Lynn (a fourth year medical student) shattered as also his parents. Lynn harbours guilt as well since she had suggested the surgeon and the operation.
As Lynn makes preliminary enquires she find the whole scenario puzzling and gradually also suspicious. With help from her fellow student and friend Michael, she finds there are other cases as well. As they get deeper, they uncover a troubling conspiracy and threats to their lives.
While the book starts off well, the story is quite ordinary. The other positive is the characters of Lynn and Michael – which are very well developed and you find yourself emphatizing and rooting for them. If the story had been better developed, rather than just being about a few bad and evil men this would have been a much better read..
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