Marker by Robin Cook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was surprised by this Robin Cook thriller. I usually think of Coma when I think of Robin Cook. This one, however, was not freaky at all. Marker is #5 in a series about medical examiners Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery, and although I didn't read the first 4 in the series, I had no trouble identifying with the characters or picking up where they are in their lives.
Laurie starts seeing a series of similar deaths in post-operative patients who are otherwise healthy. She begins to suspect there is a serial killer at work at the neighboring hospital. Jack is not so sure. So Laurie takes her concern to the hospital director, who she then begins to date since Jack won't commit to start a family. Laurie also faces some difficult news: Her mother has just had a mastectomy, and Laurie carries the gene that indicates she may be predisposed to develop the same type of cancer, thus the title marker.
As Laurie gets closer to linking the deaths, she puts herself in danger. Robin Cook will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end with his blend of suspense, medicine, and mystery.
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