Shannon Frasier has spent 10 years trying to overcome the tragedy of her almost-fiance dying in her arms after a gunshot. Now, on her front lawn, another man dies in her arms, leaving a cryptic message and a trail of danger to her door. While Shannon works through the ramifications on her emotions from this event, her sister calls on her for help, her parents battle bad news, and suddenly she's no longer who she can turn to to keep her life in order.
There were a few strong points to this story line - I appreciated Shannon's boyfriend Mark's attempts to draw Shannon back to God, but without pushing her too hard, or trying to manipulate her into dependence on him for her welfare, spiritual or physical. Shannon's own need to work through her past and how it affected her present was honest and I appreciated her realization of her own weaknesses. However. the rest of the book felt very scattered. There were so many tangents and extra characters that they couldn't possibly be all tied together. The book tried to cover Shannon's past, her family, her career, her sister, her relationships, and her faith, and it was just too much for one book to handle. Every scene should move a story along in some way, whether directly tied to the plot line, or serving to give development to a character. This book had too many extraneous scenes to flow well, and the resulting impression was of bits and pieces that had no bearing on the story.
I felt too disconnected from the characters, due to the scattered story pieces, to really feel drawn into the book.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, as part of their BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for my honest review.
This was a great book. It kept my attention and kept me guessing. There is an element of faith too which I loved. Richard Mabry is very gifted in his writing. I felt as if the characters were complex and real. I couldn't put the book down.
I just finished the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plenty of action, suspense, and excitement. Richard Mabry keeps you hanging through various twists and turns with several subplots going throughout. I can never take time to read straight through a book, but I struggled to find good stopping points when I was running out of reading time. I recommend Richard Mabry's books to anyone who enjoys medical drama.
I have read all of Richard Mabry's books, and this one did not disappoint! It was filled with drama, mystery, and suspense.
The prologue starts off with Dr. Shannon Frasier and her fiance, Todd, walking when Todd is shot. He dies in her arms, and she holds herself responsible, and vows to work hard to save people's lives.
Fast forward a few years, when she is having a dinner party, and there is a murder of a stranger on her lawn. He dies in her arms. Then the phone calls start, wanting to know what the dying man told her.
Her sister, who is a recovering alcoholic, asks to move in with her, and Shannon is always wondering if Megan is staying sober. Then, Shannon's dad is diagnosed with leukemia. She's not sure she can trust the police on the case. Who do you turn to in times like these?
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions are all my own. :)
Richard L. Mabry, M.D. in his new book "Critical Condition" published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Dr. Shannon Frasier.
From the back cover: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A QUIET DINNER PARTY WITH HER COLLEAGUESâ€”
NOT THE SCENE OF A MURDER.
But the murder of a stranger on her front lawn is only the first in a string of events that have Dr. Shannon Frasier's life teetering on the edge of chaos. She's unable to make the deeper commitment her boyfriend deserves. Her sister shows up at her home needing a place to stay but with no promise she'll remain sober. And her father is diagnosed with cancer.
Then Shannon's life stops teetering and plunges into the abyss. Because the person behind the guttural voice on the phone wants to know what the stranger said before he died. And he won't stop until Shannon gives him the information he wantsâ€”even if she doesn't have it.
He's coming for her. She's not sure the police on the case can be trusted. And her only hope of escapeâ€”for herself and for those she lovesâ€”is to overcome her buried past.
I think "Critical Condition" is Dr. Mabry's best medical thriller to date. First off take a look at the cover-it looks like the medical tray for the doctor during an operation except for the gun and three bullets. The book has already grabbed your attention and you haven't even started reading yet! Emotional trauma is the hardest experience to heal from mostly because it was so painful in the first place that we do not want to revisit it to begin the healing process. That is where Shannon is at when a stranger is shot on her front lawn it triggers all the memories from her previous experience. Only this time the situation is even worse. On top of everything she is not sure whom she can trust. Action, mystery and suspense these are the ingredients of "Critical Condition". Without a doubt Dr. Mabry really knows how to write a thriller that will grab your attention and then keep it until he decides to let go. "Critical Condition" is a complicated mystery thriller as Shannon's life is in danger practically from page one. Turn off the TV, unplug the computer, put aside the housework you are not going to want to do anything but read this book until the end and enjoy yourself in the process. Dr. Mabry has written another exciting book that most certainly is a huge winner!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."