Mutation by Robin Cook
An analysis of the use of tone and the narrative technique in Robin Cook’s Mutation
In this study of the book Mutation by Robin Cook the writer of the paper shows how Cook uses two distinct tones to address the reader – scientific detachment versus human concern. The writer shows that by using conflicting tones, Cook ensures that the reader does not take sides.
Most of the narrative traces the activities of Victor and Marsha, at home, at work and trying to “discover” their son. As is necessary to the plot, Cook devotes two sections of the novel to incidents involving the deaths of the Murray and Hobbs children (Chapter 2). This mention titillates us at the beginning; the reader sees a possible relationship with the story. It is only at the end that we discover that VJ ingeniously murders the two children (Chapter 14).