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?
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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!
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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.
The death of her boyfriend as the result of a gunshot wound when she was a first year medical student deeply affected Dr. Shannon Frasier. A well respected and prestigious surgeon and professor, Shannon's competency as a physician is indisputable. Her fear of commitment, however, is obvious by her perpetual status as "almost-fiance" to Dr. Mark Gilbert. Mark's patience and strong faith are the strongholds that he clings to regarding his stationary relationship with Shannon.
While enjoying a celebratory dinner with Mark and two additional physician friends Shannon's deepest fears are revisited through a similar incident on her front lawn. This second gunshot death shattered her world once again, deepening the intensity of her defenses. Shannon's loss of faith and her frustration at not having the capacity to save either victim haunts her. Her younger sister then enters the story, complicating Shannon's life further. Police involvement has become an integral aspect in this suspense-filled novel as well. As the saying goes, "the plot thickens."
This is my first experience reading one of Richard Mabry's medical mysteries, and I found it very difficult to put this book down. As a former member of the medical community I thoroughly enjoy a well-written medical mystery, and Critical Condition was no disappointment. The author's medical knowledge is a definite bonus in this fast-paced novel filled with suspense and unforeseen developments. Considerable research is reflected through the detailed legalistic aspects that dominated much of this novel. The cast of characters revealed throughout this book represent believable and well defined individuals. Issues, such as addiction, fear of commitment and family dynamics are broached with candor and integrity. I recommend Dr. Mabry's book, "Critical Condition," and look forward to reading more books written by this talented author.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
It seemed that Dr. Frasier's troubles kept multiplying. Her sister, Megan, who had been recently released from rehab, moved in with her, ... but only until she could find a job, and an apartment. Megan also was keeping secrets and fleeing from an abusive relationship. Then Megan was arrested as a suspect in the victim's murder, as well as, a suspect to her former boyfriend's murder. In addition to all of this were the mysterious and threatening phone calls that Shannon received demanding to know what the dying man had said to her.
I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as I read this mystery/thriller by Dr. Mabry. I just had to find out who had committed the crimes and why? Were Shannon and Megan involved, or just convenient scapegoats? I won't reveal the answers so that you will enjoy finding out for yourself when you read Critical Condition.
**Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, M.D was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review