Friday, April 19, 2013

Thrilling Medical Suspense from Richard Mabry!

Stress Test
by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense
Available April 2013
Thomas Nelson
320 pages



About the Book
The may not have enough evidence to convict him, but they have enough to ruin his life.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured

My Thoughts
Stress Test is another stellar suspense novel by Dr. Richard Mabry! The beginning was so suspenseful and immediately drew me in. With every page, it seemed that clues were discovered and then another twist was thrown in to muddy the waters a bit more. It wasn't until the very end that things really came together for a neat conclusion.

Matt was an interesting character. I liked that this book focused on a male character—unlike many of the novels I read. Matt had a lot going wrong in his life and his attorney, a doctor friend, and brother are three characters who really step in to serve as friends and confidantes throughout the story. These additional characters make for a more well-rounded story. I loved how the faith elements wove through this story—and among all the characters—so naturally.

The one aspect that disappointed me a little was the end. There were a couple of things that didn't completely make sense to me. BUT the rest of the book was so good that this didn't really detract from all the positive aspects of the books. Once again, I really enjoyed this novel by Mabry and look forward to reading others by him in the future!  [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.


About the Author
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four 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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