Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Charlatans” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.67  ·  Rating details ·  5,366 ratings  ·  635 reviews
"Charlatans is an explosive thriller from New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.

Noah Rothauser is the new super chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital. Housing state-of-the-art medical facilities, it’s always been Noah’s dream to work for such an esteemed institution. But the pressures of the role become all too clear when a se
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Charlatans, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.67  · 
Rating details
 ·  5,366 ratings  ·  635 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Charlatans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
A bumper surprise!

Plot :

The story explodes with a death of an extremely kind-hearted and popular-among-the-hospital- staff man named Bruce who was going to get Hernia operation. The hospital staff is well-versed in their degrees and practice of decades. But the tables will turn this time.

The author lets you expect Bruce's brutal farewell since page no. 2 and his final moments come on page no 34. These in-between moments seem beyond treacherous. Hoping for a least probable miracle, the pages tur
Greg Courtney
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Can't believe that so many readers gave it such a high rating. This book is so unbelievable that it was hard to finish. Having worked in medicine for over forty years there is so much that happened in this book that would never happened in a real hospital. An anesthesiologist involved in three deaths over a short time would have been suspended and investigated before being allowed to continue to practice. And what a terrible ending. No gratification at all. Very disappointing for an author that ...more
Linda Lpp
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book. Can not believe it was released by Robin Cook. A good 3/4 of the book was drivel about hospital routines, pre operative guidelines, medical school, residents, anesthesiologists physicians..... Then cases gone wrong..what happened, present at M&M rounds.
The rest was non impressive, and I found great pleasure when I finally got to the end. Not necessarily the ending, but rather the end of the book. Charlatan? -for you to determine.
Betty Zamost
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Was looking forward to this book, as I like medical mysteries. This book was disappointing. Superficial with an ending that was unsatisfying. Dave your money.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
“We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth...It has no day.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, is back with a bang and this time with an intriguing and pot-boiling medical thriller called, Charlatans that no-doubt, revolves around the cutt
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I haven't read a Robin Cook novel for many years. I was definitely thrilled by "Coma", his first medical thriller. This book was, in my opinion, overly long and should have been edited a bit more. That being said, after the first half, I was really glued to the increasingly intriguing story.

The book's main character, Dr. Noah Rothauser, Chief Surgical Resident at Boston Memorial Hospital, is in charge of all the new surgical residents, a huge job, along with surgeries he performs on his own pati
Kathryn in FL
You can safely forgo reading this one and not loose any sleep.

I have been a big fan of Robin Cook in the past and considered him on par with John Grisham only regarding doctors. Well, this really didn't meet my expectations for several reasons.
After reading the first 100 pages about a hospital drama that seemed to be a little weak, I saw some uncomplimentary reviews on GR. I thought they might be overly critical. I asked some questions and decided that I would complete the book rather than aban
Aniruddha M
The King of Medical Thrillers poses some very interesting and scary questions - what if the Doctor treating you doesn't actually have the degrees displayed on the walls? Has the hospital diligently checked his/her antecedents? What happens if a Doctor turns into a killer?? Please read my detailed review from the link below

Do read, like or comment.... Thank You!

#medicalthriller #robincook #medicalmalpractice #killers #thrillernovel
This time I'm done at 200 pages. Those 200 pages were a chore for me.

Having been a hospital critical care RN for decades, the day to day politics and egos over patient safety and wellbeing was depressingly familiar. I HAVE nightmares about scenarios identical to the beginning of this story to this day. I don't need to be reminded of the dangers each patient faces when taken to the operating room, nor the situations tolerated by the institutions to keep th
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
3.5 stars...

I enjoy Robin Cook and well written medical mysteries. I don’t seem to get around to reading much of them anymore, so it was a nice change of pace from what I’ve been reading lately.

One thing I like about Robin Cook is that he inserts current topics and events of the moment etc into his books. This one had a big focus on social media and the internet and how they are changing not only life in general, but medicine and other specialized industries. Very thought provoking. And highly
Oct 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the book until the ending and I thought WHAT!!! Totally unsatisfactory. Had to downgrade to a one!
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We're all becoming narcissistic charlatans to one degree or another."

Dr. Noah Rothauser, super chief surgery resident, is in his element as he's finally achieved his dream at Boston Memorial Hospital. He revels in his job and loves everything about his work. His climb has not been without its drawbacks -- his live-in girlfriend finally got the message loud and clear that Noah is married to surgery and has left their apartment and gone on to find a new love who can give her more attention. Dr. A
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good medical thriller. It kept me engaged all the way until the end. Yet, I was majorly frustrated with Dr. Noah. He may be smart and a good doctor but when it came to people, he was not a good judge of character. Yes, Dr. Mason may have been egotistical and not a very likable man himself but he did bring up many valid points. Ones that Dr. Noah did not give any thought to when it came to Ava.

Speaking of Ava; I thought she was not that great of a con artist. Yet, it goes to show that
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical-thriller
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
ARC received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway

Perhaps reading a Robin Cook novel after major surgery wasn't my best choice! However, I did enjoy some parts of the novel more than others. The novel is about a chief surgical resident, Noah Rothauser and anesthesiologist, Ava London. As super chief resident, Noah is so busy that he usually only leaves the hospital once a week or so. He prefers to stay at he hospital so he's totally immersed in everything going on there. Ava London, ane
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unnecessarily long and drawn out. Not even that great of a story.

Don't waste your time.

This started out excitingly, with a patient - the director of hospital parking - undergoing surgery for an inguinal hernia. Bruce is 44 years old and healthy, but he's also a big idiot. He ignores the instructions not to eat or drink after midnight, and has a huge breakfast because he has asked for spinal anesthesia. Then he's late for the surgery, which means the junior surgical resident doesn't have time to go over his medical history. He's admitted to surgery and goes under spinal anesthetic,
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. Dr Noah Rothauser is chief resident in the surgery unit of a large Boston hospital. He spends over 15 hours a day at the hospital and loves his job. In addition to his surgeries, he coordinates schedules of all the residents and investigates any surgical outcomes of deaths to present to the hospital staff. A hernia surgery results in the patient's death and pits Dr Ava London, anesthesiologist, against a prominent surgeon. Of course Noah becomes involved with Ava. Does this cause him ...more
M. Swan
Nov 10, 2022 rated it it was ok
I was more than disappointed with this Cook book. Could not stand either of the two main characters. Two supposedly brilliant MDs behaved liked not very savvy, immature, spoiled brats. This was a completely implausible story line, IMHO. The ending left more questions than answers. Not the
Cook of old. A shame.

Jul 18, 2022 rated it liked it
I found this medical thriller edgy and absorbing— until the last third. The denouement was quite a disappointment.
Stacey Camp
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
**3 Goodreads Stars**

Let me preface this review by saying I've been a longtime Cook fan (since the early 1990s), so my review is colored by my love of medical thrillers (which Cook essentially pioneered). Other readers who are not into medical thrillers may be bored by the level of detail he provides, or the often awkwardly written dialogue (who says "ergo" in casual conversation?!) between characters. His characters seem like they are written for an older generation of readers, and may feel dat
Linda Haack
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've always enjoyed Robin Cook's stories, especially when they touch on physician credentialing, which I was involved with for most of my career. However, I found this story implausible and disappointing. The characters were almost non-human, the dialogue was stilted in the extreme and the story line was convoluted and not believable. The only part I really appreciated was the brief but frank treatise on the need for reform in the educating and training of physicians. Cook's solutions should hav ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I typically love Cook, but this one was disappointing. The characters were stiff and the whole story seemed like a treatise on a couple of current medical issues rather than a developed story. And how could Noah not have suspected more about Ava earlier? I found the story line hard to swallow.
Gloria Quackenbush
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read many of Robin Cooks books and have always enjoyed them. This book started out with a great premise, but somewhere along the line, it went off the tracks. To start with, the main character, who is the Chief Resident at a prestigious hospital is too much of a wussy to be believed. He continued to make wrong choices and became such a weak character that I thought about not finishing.
The other thing is that I listened to this on CDs. The reader, whom I have heard before, must be getting
Kathryn in FL
You can safely forgo reading this one and not loose any sleep.

I have been a big fan of Robin Cook in the past and considered him on par with John Grisham only regarding doctors. Well, this really didn't meet my expectations for several reasons.
After reading the first 100 pages about a hospital drama that seemed to be a little weak, I saw some uncomplimentary reviews on GR. I thought they might be overly critical. I asked some questions and decided that I would complete the book rather than aban
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading Robin Cook's Charlatans, I got a feeling of deja vu during the first forty pages or so. I kept thinking the characters were cut out from other stories. Thinking, "Man, prose and dialogue seems stilted, all too familiar."
But of course it did. Bearing in mind the author of this book is a physician who happens to be a writer. The first forty pages are mostly dealing with the ill fated Vincent and all the doctors that end up losing him. All of this was in an excerpt I had already r
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will probably be one of my unforgettable books. Will get some very poor reviews from some people in the medical profession who would wish to downplay current problems - BUT - in my past five years of being a patient, in my conversations with people I know in the medical profession, and medicals articles I have read - this narrative is all too true. And weave into it a mystery - I was mesmerized. Of course, one must understand my underlying interest in the medical field.
Filled all of my requ
Tammy Elliott
Good story. Interesting (disturbing) stuff which will make you think pretty hard about the medical profession and social media in general.
I realize Robin Cook doesn't need a good rating or a review from me to keep selling tons of books, but I try to write honest I have to say, as a reader, I really don't care for too many descriptives, repetition of something that has already been mentioned -- and being led by the nose. That's why we have imaginations to go along with great stories
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • CRISPR'd: A Medical Thriller
  • Side Effects
  • The Sisterhood
  • Oath of Office (Dr. Lou Welcome, #1)
  • Bloodstream
  • Natural Causes
  • Shallow Graves (John Pellam, #1)
  • Fatal
  • Critical Judgment
  • The Society
  • Miracle Cure
  • Vanished in Bitterroot Mountains
  • Mercy
  • Judy Moody Goes to College (Judy Moody, #8)
  • Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar
  • Under the Knife
  • What is Forgiven (The Anna Klein Trilogy #2)
  • The First Family (First, #2)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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, biotechnology, and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who created the medical-thriller genre by combining medical writing with the thri

News & Interviews

  Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through...
3 likes · 0 comments
“Then, as Noah would say, the shit hit the fan. On two occasions, he was hauled before the Residency Advisory Board, which was particularly embarrassing since he sat on the board, as voted by his fellow residents, and hence had to recuse himself.” 1 likes
More quotes…