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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  2,598 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Robin Cook, master of bestselling medical thrillers, answers the "What's the worst thing that could happen?" question in this plot-twisting novel in which villains with no sense of ethics or social responsibility get their greedy hands on the newest cloning technology. It starts when a couple of Harvard graduate students answer the Wingate Clinic's ad for egg donors. The w ...more
Published February 1st 2004 by Livre de Poche (first published January 1st 1999)
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Terri Lynn
Robin, Robin, Robin, what the hell was going on with you when you were writing this? Were you off your meds? Past deadline and feeling lazy? Going through a drunken spell?

The word Shock describes how I felt reading this. I like the idea behind it but the execution was really sloppy. I suspect even some of the characters were shocked at finding themselves in this book.

Joanna Meissner and her room mate Deborah Cochrane are in a PhD program at Harvard. Joanna is an economics/computer systems major
Sukanya Sengupta
I was highly disappointed after reading this book! I never expected such a below average work from Robin Cook! First of all, the story is totally baseless and the end of the story a complete disaster. When I started reading the book, the first 50 pages were interesting. (Spoiler alert from now on) After that I couldn't figure out why would any two Harvard Phd grads go way out of their way and break laws to gain certain information which wouldn't have changed their life anyhow, except for mental ...more
I picked this book up in a hotel I was staying in (the previous occupant had left it, and the staff had kindly left it for the next patron), and finished only because of the sense of obligation I feel to myself when I get more than ten pages into anything.

Shock was terrible. The exposition was awful, the dialogue atrocious, physically cringe-worthy, and the whole format and arc had the feeling of a trashy midday movie.

Cook has many books published, and if they are all as poor as Shock, I am des
This book started off well and had it stayed like this I would have given it a 3. But the main characters' inane talk and unbelievably stupid behaviour earned it a 2. They're trying to escape, but stop to examine things and engage in inane talk. Oh come on, this is not believable I wanted to shout. Then they go to visit a doctor for help. Again I wanted to shout, "He's one of them. And don't be so thick and get in that boot of the car." We were told the characters were intelligent, but shown the ...more
Bi Xian
It's my opinion that the book was published incomplete. There were a number of inconsistencies and loose ends.


1) Why would the Wingate clinic bother paying premium prices to harvest ova when they could have paid the market rate (which would be less suspicious)? Also, why specifically ova from Harvard undergraduates when the nuclear material is removed anyway? The same biological results could have been obtained from just about anybody's eggs. (Eventually the eggs were taken from Nicarag
Questa recensione potrebbe sfiorare, giusto giusto quanto la pressione di una piuma, lo spoiler.
Buon libro alla fine, sarebbero tre stelline e mezzo. L'idea di base per la storia non è male, di certo molto inquietante. Si sarebbe accaparrato quattro stelle se non fosse per alcune note negative. In alcuni passaggi è fin troppo inverosimile, in altri arrangiato leggermente male.
- Possiamo persino partire dalle prime 100 pagine, Joanna dovrebbe essere cresciuta in un ambiente borghese, davvero l'id
Robin Cook's SHOCK is a page-turner--but only to the extent that one wants to get to the end so they can start reading another book.

I'm giving SHOCK a barely-deserved two stars because the premise was somewhat interesting. The book opens with a young woman donating her eggs (in exchange for a hefty sum of cash) at a fertility clinic. The procedure goes *very* badly and not only does the donor not survive, nor does her friend who drove her to the clinic. Apparently, these are *really* bad people.
Very disappointed with this book. Read a lot of Robin Cook books and I thought this would have something to do with "shock" since I am a physician. Have no idea where the title came from except that I was shocked he wrote such a bad book with poor characters who were unbelievable. Got the book at a used bookstore where I bought it back to. Very disappointing, there are many books he has written much better. I guess even good authors have a bad day.
I could barely finish this. I read plenty of books that could be considered far fetched, but this one was just silly. The kicker was one gets a job in a lab and the other gets an office position - both with fictitious identification. No one checks education or job histories. Plus the dialogue was just awful. I've read other Robin Cook novels and have not been this disappointed.

I would have given it less than 1 star if I could.
Surprisingly poor given how much I've liked the other books by Cook that I've read so far. I suppose when one is prolific, at least one book might turn out not so well. While the premise was interesting, the way events unfolded was so far-fetched and ridiculous as to snap that tenuous thread of credulity, and a completely unsatisfying ending leaving everything hanging, but not cliff-hanger style, more like limp spaghetti.
Venkatraman Ramachandran
Definitely a different read in comparison to regular genres. Robin Cooks's combination of science, adventure, medicine, thrill in right dosage surely keeps the reader engaged to an extent.

While the story may be hard to believe and lack any class, Book may have an absolutely scary effect on a conventional reader leaving him scratching his head. Hard to imagine the extent to which mankind can deteriorate and initiate usage of scientific advancement in the most unethical and destructive manner.

I got this on audio at a book sale. Glad it was only .25 The plot sounded good and some parts of it were, but the female leads ridiculous and silly actions made me want to scream. At least I held on to the end, which I did not with another by this author. I love audio and for a quarter I thought I would try again. It may have been that it was audio, but for some reason I kept plodding on even though I actually could not find an ounce of rooting for the 2 woman "stars" of the story. The evil guys ...more
Nicolas Stolfa
Me molestan los spoilers, y más si están en el libro. Por ejemplo, no lean la contraportada de los libros de La trilogía de la Oscuridad, y tampoco lean el prólogo de este libro (De hecho, ni la portada deberían ver)...
Personajes con reacciones y objetivos ILÓGICOS, trama agarrada de los pelos, y un final super previsible (tanto el último capitulo, como el epilogo).

Una decepción, porque mucha gente me habia recomendado que lea algo de Robin Cook, pero bueno. Libro un poco menos que pochoclero. E
I would have to agree with some of the other reviews that were less than pleased with the character dialog. I have read a Cook novel previously and thought it was so much better. Maybe writing dialog for young women isn't this author's strong suite? Robin, stick to men for lead characters! The whole idea that they could get jobs at a high security fertility clinic without having their social security cards, just the # memorized, is beyond believable and I was confused with the logic that dressin ...more
Sarah Sammis
Shock as a title has many meanings in this mystery from Robin Cook. It refers back to the hospital's history as an insane asylum, it's also the shock of white hair that serves as a clue, and it is the shock that the two protagonists feel when they figure out what is happening at the Wingate Clinic. I suppose too it could be the "shocking" ending which I had guessed but was still delighted to read.

Once again Cook returns to gynecology for his medical thriller. At leas this time his heroines don't
Inge (Inge1990)
Het verhaal leest lekker weg en je zit er meteen goed in. Verhaallijn is spannend en er gebeuren een hoop dingen. Hoofdpersonen zijn af en toe nogal naïef als ze er achter proberen te komen wat er met hun gedoneerde eicellen is gebeurt. Uiteindelijk blijkt er veel meer aan de hand te zijn dan enkel het doneren eicellen en deze in te brengen bij onvruchtbare vrouwen. Het verhaal heeft een open einde wat je zelf de mogelijkheid geeft om het einde te bepalen.
Juliana Martins
Em relação ao conteúdo específico e o tema abordado o escritor foi excelente como sempre; temas polêmicos inseridos em uma história onde as suposições mais monstruosas dessa evolução cientifica se tornam realidade. A trama em si acabou se tornando muito clichê o que desanimou um pouco; acredito que se o suspense fosse melhor elaborado daria mais emoção à história. O final foi o responsável pela nota 4,0; deixou muito à desejar.
Epäuskottava ja yliampuva lääketieteellinen scifijännäri, mutta kohtalaisen koukuttavasti kirjoitettu. Kokonaisuus kuitenkin jää totaalisen ontoksi, kirjan henkilöiden motiivit eivät ole uskottavia ja päätökset epärealistisia. Loppuratkaisu jää puolittain avoimeksi. Ei kovin kummoinen teos; kloonauksen etiikasta olisi voinut saada vähän pintaa syvemmällekin raapaisevan tarinan.
As every book of Robin Cook fast action and medicines stories.I love his style and atmosphere he creates.Two main female characters were smart what i liked a lot.The only thing i didnt like was this part where Deborah went to secret labour room using Spencer*s card and no camera anywhere...what is weird in such a huge rich place.Anyway it was small detail.I liked this book a lot.
Siniša Hajnal
Worst book of Robin Cook I ever read.

As is common, protagonists are beautiful. But they are bland. They are inconsistent. Nobody around them notices their slips and mistakes which makes it worse.

And finally, the finale is the weakest ever. I've seen daily shows ending in more tension. The worst part of the finale is that it leaves the reader in the dark.
I think this book could have been much more "Shock"ing. Maybe it was because the book was written in 2001 and I have read more shocking medical "advance" stories since then. I also did not relate to either of the main characters hence I really did not care what happened to them making the story less thrilling.
James A.
Just finished the medical thriller SHOCK by Robin Cook, the doctor turned novelist. I've enjoyed some of his earlier books like COMA and TOXIN, but this one not nearly as good.

A slow start and muddled plot about two Harvard graduate students who try to solve their financial problems by becoming egg donors at an exclusive private infertility clinic in Boston. Later curiosity about their donated eggs prompts them to get emplyment at the clinic and they discover some horrifying secrets at the clin
Wow. I was really disappointed in this book. The two main characters were so uninteresting, scatter brained and wholly unbelievable as educated women that I couldn't form any attachment to either of them.

The plot was good. The writing was banal and the closer to the end I got the more I looked forward to it. I just wanted it to be over.

I really feel sad for the reviewers who were mesmerized, who couldn't put the book down! I'm as confused by them as I am with this mess Robin Cook put out and ac
I'm generally a big fan of Robin Cook's books, but this one was a let-down. His books are not supposed to get done with in 3 days, which is what happened to me.

Not giving out too many details since that's going to be a spoiler. The book ended way too abruptly, and I was disappointed.
Denise Dougherty
Just can't imagine that 2 allegedly intelligent grad students would create - on a whim - such an elaborate ruse to discover what happened to eggs sold. Perhaps the time to think about it would have been before they (each) accepted the $45,000.

Disjointed and downright silly at times. Well, even Babe Ruth didn't get a hit every time at bat ...

This book is not like any of Robin Cook's other works that I have read so far. The book was boring. The characters were flimsy, the plot had many potholes in it. I wonder if he was writing this book for the sake of writing something. All in all,a lousy read.
The story is ridiculous, however it's entertaining enough to want to finish it. Nothing special though. I can't understand why the book is called Shock? I think this book had potential to be cool if it would have be written by a different author. Hmmmm....

- story idea (cloning, organ stealing, etc)
- the bad guy who killed prostitutes in the army, he had potential to be way cooler
- whole book practically takes place over 2 days

- almost completely unbelievable!
- It had a "made for T
Rebecca McNutt
Interesting book, but not one of Robin Cook's best works. In my opinion his best ones are Outbreak (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, #1) by Robin Cook and Cell by Robin Cook. Shock honestly got rather boring very quickly.
Liked this book, aside from the fact that at times these felt like canned horror movie heroines, when I wanted to yell "No! Don't do that!" Liked the ending, though, with a nice cliff hanger effect.

 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Joanna and Deborah think they have come up with the perfect plan to make some good amount of money by selling their eggs to a fertility clinic. This decision comes at a heavy price. The girls got more than they bargained for when they decide to assume fake identities to work at the clinic to find out what became of their eggs.
This book was suspenseful. The ending was not as strong as I would have liked but it did keep me interested in the story while I was reading it. The 2 main characters Joan
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Shock by Robin Cook 1 18 Sep 22, 2008 05:18AM  
  • The Patient
  • Undone
  • Resistance
  • The Genesis Code
  • Critical Condition (Dr. Richard Steele, #2)
  • Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5)
  • Omega
  • Bodies Electric
  • The Silent Cradle
  • Acts of Nature (Max Freeman, #5)
  • The Red Fox
  • The Wind Dancer/Storm Winds
  • Mortal Evidence: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases
Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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