Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Critical Condition by Richard Mabry (Blog Tour + Review)

Critical Condition
by Richard Mabry
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense
Available April 2014
Thomas Nelson
336 pages



About the Book
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.

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My Thoughts
Dr. Shannon Frasier is no stranger to trauma, but a string of recent events cause her to wonder if she is capable of handling everything life is throwing at her. As she faces one crisis after another, she quickly learns that she must learn to trust the people in her life, but more importantly reconcile her relationship with the Lord.

Critical Condition is another stellar medical suspense novel from Richard Mabry! The story is intense and fast-paced. I enjoyed getting to know Shannon and Mark and seeing their relationship progress. Shannon's sister Megan was another great character. She probably showed the most growth of anyone in the story, and it would be fun to see her reappear in future novels. Dr. Mabry's experience as a doctor shines through this book and makes the medical situations very realistic.

I will admit that things "piled on" Shannon, and by the end of the novel, I was desperate for her to catch a break. However, Dr. Mabry was able to draw everything to a satisfying conclusion and didn't leave any loose ends for me to wonder over. I was happy to read another of Mabry's suspense novels and recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced medical drama. [4 stars]

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

About the Author
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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