Manner of Death Book Review

Manner of Death Book Review

Author: Robin Cook
Published: December 5, 2023, G.B. Putnam’s Sons
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $29.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Bestselling author, Robin Cook, has done it again with his medical thriller, Manner of Death. Laurie Montgomery is the chief medical examiner for the state of New York, and loves her demanding job. When she is given the task of training a new doctor for a month in the morgue rotation and finds he absolutely hates what he is doing, she sets out to change Ryan Sullivan’s mind. Because he hates doing autopsies, he volunteers to do some research and find the reason for a large amount of suicides over the last little while. As he researches, he finds that these suicides are really murders that have been covered up and puts his and others lives in jeopardy during his investigation.

Robin Cook is said to be the pioneer of the medical thriller, and his expertise (he is a M.D.) has made it a viable and popular genre. He is a powerful storyteller, and the scenarios are believable and backed by facts. He also does an excellent job of developing his characters and the protagonist is likeable, and relatable, since most working mothers struggle with their job challenges and family. The supporting characters make the story plausible and seem like real people.

While there are numerous deaths throughout, they are not particularly violent, which makes it a novel that can be read by all ages. Cook doesn’t use profanity or sex to move his story along, and while the novel keeps readers on the edges of their seats, it doesn’t offend and flows. The dénouement is suspenseful and a bit scary.

All told, this is another excellent medical thriller from Robin Cook and is highly recommended for thriller aficionados.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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