Monday, May 14, 2012

Coma - A Book Review

Coma, written by Robin Cook, is a first medical thriller of the modern day. The book is a journey into the inner workings of a hospital. It talks about the evils of one of the noblest professions. The author, being a medical practitioner himself, describes the medical procedures and activities of the hospital in a work-man like yet genuinely interesting fashion. He blends the non-fiction realm of medical sciences into the world of narration. Cook transports the reader into the medical arena and yet keeps one attached to the real world.

Susan Wheeler, the protagonist, along with a group of four other medical students, is working as a trainee at the Boston Memorial Hospital. Patients at the hospital, undergoing routine surgery, mysteriously slip into a coma and never regain consciousness. Baffled by these cases, Susan decides to investigate the mystery behind these cases. What ensues is a highly intense drama. Through the journey, the dilemmas and problems faced by a woman in a so called "man's" profession are also highlighted.Fighting against the scorn of her colleagues and attempts on her life, this brave woman steadily uncovers the unbelievably hideous truth.

The book, with its serious tone and gripping story line, keeps you on the edge the entire time. The author succeeds in maintaining the suspense of the plot till the very end. The climax has the potential to send a chill down the spine of the reader. A magnificent plot, brilliantly written, makes it a must read for thriller enthusiasts.

Coma was later filmed into a popular Hollywood movie by the same name starring Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas and directed by Michael Crichton.

A Trailer for the film 'Coma'

Contributed by Alekhya Audi