Monday, April 28, 2014

Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. *Review

Dr. Frasier couldn’t save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she’s fighting for her own life.
It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.
Her “almost-fiancĂ©” Dr. Mark Gilbert’s support only adds to Shannon’s feelings of guilt, since she can’t bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Shannon thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, “What did he say before he died?”
With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.
Learn more and purchase a copy at Richard’s website.

My Thoughts
Saturday was a gorgeous day out and the kids wanted to play in the river. That gave me the perfect opportunity to start Critical Condition! The front cover may seem that this will be a very medical sort of book, but really it is not. Shannon and her 'almost fiance' are both Doctors, and so are many of their friends. They do have spend some time at work, and in the ER, but it isn't overly medically 'wordy'. For us 'lay people' it was just enough to give us an insiders look, without bogging us down.
The book begins with a look at Shannon, pre-doctor when she looses her then boyfriend to a gunshot wound. This incident has scarred Shannon very deeply, even years later in both her relationships and in her profession. On a night of celebration with another couple, Shannon finds a man shot on her front lawn, which brings flashbacks of the past. Shortly after her 'druggie' sister calls and needs a place to stay. Later Megan's boyfriend is found dead. There is a common link between Megan's boyfriend Tony and the dead man on the front lawn- Megan.
Working with the police and an attorney, Shannon and Megan have to clear their names in what seems to be a 'set up'.
I like the many layers of this book. I like the mystery of the crime and the twists and turns it takes. I also love the growth in Shannon's life in great regard to Mark's faith in God and his helping to redirect Shannon to where she needs to find her strength. I also really like the story of Megan who has been desiring to turn her life around.
On top of all of that throw in Megan and Shannon's Dad getting cancer, the possibility of a corrupt cop, and kidnapping.

I not only started the book down by the river.. I finished the entire thing!

A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

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1 comment:

  1. Melanie, Thanks so much for your review. I'm glad you liked Critical Condition, and I hope your blog readers will, as well. (And the "read it in one day" comment? I get that a lot).