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Acceptable Risk de Robin Cook
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Acceptable Risk (1994 original; edició 1996)

de Robin Cook (Autor)

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A medical thriller featuring Dr. Edward Armstrong, a researcher developing an anti-depressant drug. Under pressure from his backers to complete the research, he experiments on himself with disastrous effects. But with millions of dollars at stake, the backers hush up the results and when Armstrong's sweetheart, Kimberly Stewart, decides to blow the whistle, she puts both their lives in jeopardy.… (més)
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Títol:Acceptable Risk
Autors:Robin Cook (Autor)
Informació:G.P. Putnam's Sons (1996), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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Acceptable Risk de Robin Cook (1994)

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So I read this story for the first time as a teenager and actually read it during the winter months in Pennsylvania. I loved the atmosphere of this book and it started my interest in the Salem Witch Trials as well. It was great to re-read my copy again and besides a few pacing issues here and there, I thought this was a solid thriller to read for Halloween Bingo 2019. I won't lie though that the medical mystery that Cook gets into is a reach although his proposed solutions to what afflicted the girls during the Salem Witch Trials was also brought up via Shirley Jackson when she wrote "The Witchcraft of Salem Village." I don't think that the "theory" is true at all and I kind of just hard shrugged my shoulders at it. I consider this more science fiction than anything and thought this book reminded me a lot of some of Dean Koontz's earlier works.

"Acceptable Risk" starts off with a flashback to the Salem Witch Trials and the soon to be hanging of a woman, Elizabeth Stewart, is accused of being a witch.We don't know what evidence the man holding the proceedings is talking about, but Elizabeth is accused of also afflicting children as well. Then the book proceeds to the "present" day with one of Elizabeth's descendants, Kimberly Stewart. Kimberly is a nurse and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kimberly is coming out of a relationship with a dickish resident (sorry he is) Kinnard when she gets set up with by her cousin with a medical researcher, Edward Armstrong. Kimberly and Edward hit it off and start dating. While dealing with that, she is trying to figure out what to do with her family's old home in Salem (where Elizabeth Stewart also lived) and while there, Edward finds a new strain of something that I can't even remember how to spell. Through his research, Edward finds that he can use this strain to turn it into a drug that has no negative side effects, but also causes the user to be more calm and confident.

Kimberly is shy and I felt for her. She is overwhelmed in a good way by Edward and quickly gets talked into things she is not sure about. I think that the biggest issue with Kimberly though is halfway through the book she just lets Edward and her cousin walk all over her. I also hard paused at her jumping into something so new with Edward right away and living with the guy. She also agrees to let the medical research company work out of her home and she is starting to have misgivings about the drug. She flounders around a lot and then starts talking to her ex who was the worst from the glimpse of him we get in the beginning of the book.

Edward is shy and him getting hooked on the wonder drug was a good look at how prescription drugs can cause people to become too dependent on them and the danger in taking them. His whole personality undergoes a change through the book.

We get some secondary characters, but mostly just have Kimberly and Edward's third person POVs. There's also a mystery going around about vandalism in the town of other things that Kimberly finds that get explained by the end of the book.

The writing I thought was good. Cook has Kimberly researching Elizabeth's history and the Salem Witch Trials with her trying to find out what evidence the town had to show that Elizabeth was a witch.

The flow though as I said at times gets a big bogged down whenever we get into the medical aspect of things with the new designer drug. I don't really get anything that Cook is getting into and thought that it seemed beyond strange that Edward and those he hired would just blithely take drugs that had not been through testing.

The setting of the old home that quickly gets overrun by Edward and his colleagues takes a dark turn after a while. Kimberly is having to deal with the fact that the home doesn't feel like hers and that many of the researchers are just haphazardly treating the home.

The ending felt gruesome to me and I have to say I wonder at how Cook left things since it seems as if this story would be perfect for a sequel. I also didn't like how things ended for Kimberly since I thought that Cook changed the whole tone of the book up and had to make it into a happily ever after for her. The "It was a dark and stormy night" piece from this book comes to the next to last scene with Kimberly running (from something) in the rain. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Robin Cook is a good writer. His books are always interesting. However although this book is no exception, it is basically an expanded short story, more a novella than a novel. It could have been much shorter if Cook had not drawn out the narrative to the point of excessive repetition. This is not one of his better works.The underlying theme is interesting, but seriously overdone. The character's anguish is overdrawn. Acceptable Risk is a good time filler if you just want something to read. Otherwise I would not recommend it. ( )
  rondoctor | Jun 21, 2018 |
Een Amerikaanse biochemicus ontdekt een nieuwe organische giftige stikstof en gaat dit uittesten op zichzelf.
  pwrtt | Nov 24, 2017 |
Acceptable Risk was quite a good book; it blends the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s together with events in the present where a scientist discovers a new drug produced by a fungus found in the basement of someone who was executed for witchcraft.

The scientist then has dreams of becoming rich by bringing a new miracle drug to market and in the rush to get it ready begins testing it on himself and his team, being a Robin Cook book it doesn't take much pondering to work out things don't go as planned.

I found the mixture of past and present enthralling and thought it really stimulated the imagination. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Apr 9, 2017 |
Its been a long time since I have read a Robin Cook novel. I had fun with this one. The book has a long prologue that takes place in the late 1600's, in Salem, where a woman named Elizabeth is tried and hung for being a witch. Move up 300 years to Kim, Elizabeth's descendant. She is the co-owner of the original land of home of Elizabeth and family. She meets and starts to fall for a scientist, Edward. Together the look into the families hidden past. Along the way the come across some fungus that Edward tries to prove is what caused the 'ifflictions' that occurred all those years ago. However, it is so much more that what he anticipated.

This novel is of two parts. Medical mystery/thriller as Edward tries to use the new findings in his lab and historical mystery as Kim researches her family history to uncover the truth. I feel the author did a good job blending the two. I do feel the ending was a bit abrupt and jumped forward too quickly for the final chapters, but I understand that the medical search was also a main focus that was mostly done being told. The pace at the beginning was good, then slowed toward then middle, then over-rushed the last 40 pages. I wish Cook spent just a bit more time cover the relationship between Edward and Kim. The entire time is seemed very awkward and fake. Other than that, it was nicely done for what it was. ( )
  jljaina | May 16, 2015 |
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A medical thriller featuring Dr. Edward Armstrong, a researcher developing an anti-depressant drug. Under pressure from his backers to complete the research, he experiments on himself with disastrous effects. But with millions of dollars at stake, the backers hush up the results and when Armstrong's sweetheart, Kimberly Stewart, decides to blow the whistle, she puts both their lives in jeopardy.

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