Most helpful critical review
Surprisingly Good Despite Slow Points
on December 7, 2001
When I was first told about this book by my school's librarian, it didn't sound like something that I would really like. However, I had to read a book so I began Contagion.
The book was a bit difficult to comprehend at times because there are a lot of very technical, medical terms used throughout the entire book. I definitely would not recommend this book to people who are not fairly familiar with biology.
Once one can get past the medical language, this is a pretty good novel. Cook does an excellent job building up tension and the book has an excellent climax. Once the plot of conspiracy and murder began to finally take shape, the book becomes very difficult to put down.
Despite some slow points and repetition at the beginning, Contagion has turned me on to Cook's style and I definitely plan on reading more of his books. He combines the thrill of a Grisham novel with the medical expertise that only a doctor could possess. Contagion is well written with a shocking conclusion. I would recommend this medical thriller to anyone who enjoys books of this genre.