Book Review: Blindsight

I think I’m spoiled. I wasn’t sure before, but after reading this book, I think I’ve been spoiled. This book was my first foray into the medical thriller genre. Before this book my only exposure to this genre was a show called House. In case you’ve never seen it, the show is about a genius drug-addicted doctor. This doctor was an expert at diagnosing diseases. He was an expert at figuring out what obscure or group of obscure diseases afflicted some patients. The doctor would solve the mystery before the show was over. I loved the show. It also spoiled me in regards to the medical genre.


Robin Cook’s Blindsight (1993) is nothing like the show. The book is about a doctor who discovers a connection between a series of seemingly unrelated series of overdose cases. She needs to get to the bottom of it before she becomes the next victim of two mafia hitmen. I didn’t like this book. I’ve been trying to understand why. I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of issues.

Issue 1

The pace of the story seemed slow to me. There were a couple of chapters that I thought were redundant. The story between a couple of characters. Every time he switched viewports I expected something to happen, but not much ever did.

Issue 2

The characters in this story felt flat. Their dialogue felt forced and their interactions felt fake. The plot seemed generic and the final plot twist wasn’t that inspiring.

The One Gem

I know my review of this book might seem hard, but I have to tell you that there was a single solitary gem in the entire book. The opening description of how cocaine works in the human body is simply fascinating. During this passage is when I glimpsed at just how good of a doctor Robin Cook is. Let me put it this way, it was this account that propelled me to keep on reading in the hopes of running into another one of this type of medically interesting passages.

Final Thoughts

There might be a slight chance that I am not well versed enough in the medical thriller genre to measure how good a book is. In other words, all of the medical thriller books might be like this one. Robin Cook is a best-selling author and I’m going to give him a second chance and read another one of his books. Who knows? This book was published a number of years ago. Maybe storytelling techniques in the gerne have changed since then. My recommendation on this book is to read the first description and then put it down.

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