Dr. Mabry has once again written a novel that provides everything you could ask for in a great novel. He has provided us with meaningful characters, a believable storyline and a plot that flows like a smooth river. The descriptions of places and actions throughout the book always invoke clear vivid pictures of everything that is happening, adding to the realism and immersion of the storyline. The end is wrapped up tight, allowing you to heave a huge sigh of relief that all of the suspense and turmoil has finally come to a dramatic end. Of course, that's only until the next book come out.
Is this a "guy's book"? This book has all of the markings of a great "guy's book". The suspense and intrigue start small and continue to a full crescendo until you're almost breathing from all of the action. To me, there's nothing like a great action-packed "whodunit" to brighten your day.
Richard Mabry is my go-to author when I need a story about ordinary citizens caught up in a major mystery.
In the last year, I've had the pleasure of reviewing three of his books: Stress Test, Heart Failure, and now Critical Condition.
And I swear his mysteries get more perplexing with each novel- there were at least three major plot twists in Critical Condition that I never expected!
But I'm getting ahead of myself here.
Critical Condition is the story of a sister, and a reluctant sister's keeper.
Meagan Frasier really needs a "Bless This Mess" coffee mug. The youngest Frasier girl, she can be lovable and infuriating all at once.
She's beginning to realize that while her life is untidy and she's been derailed in the past, there is hope and a good future ahead of her. That's why I loved Meagan: she's the person inside all of us who knows that sometimes we cause trouble and sometimes we make a mess of things, but we want to keep trying.
Frankly, Dr. Shannon Frasier is tired of cleaning up behind Meagan. When they were young it was dishes and laundry, now it's prescription drug addiction rehab and loser boyfriends. Will Meagan never straighten up?!
At least Shannon tries to live up to role as grown-up Pastor's daughter. On the outside, her life looks fine. It's clean, productive, and respectable.
On the inside, she feels hollow.
When her fiancee died ten years before, the loss opened up a hole inside her and she's never fully healed.
And her current situation looks nothing like a prescription for healing: her sister is crashing at her house again, this year's wave of residents have just arrived at the hospital for training, and there's been a murder on her front lawn. Shannon is being pushed to the breaking point.
I loved this story, not just for the mystery (which sure was tricky and startling!) but for the tale of two sisters and restoration after loss.
Richard Mabry combines suspense with people-oriented plots, that show how men and women move closer to God in the middle of real life.
Get ready to join Shannon in sleuthing, sistering, spiritual renewal, and suspense.
Once you turn the first page of this fast paced, riveting, book you are going to be hooked. It begins with Dr. Shannon Frasier and her young boyfriend. What happened that night haunts the career of this doctor for years to come?
Once we enter the story, we hear a noise in the dark, unsure of what is happening; we head to the kitchen, only to find a gun pointed at us. Yes this is actually a preview of what is about to happen throughout this story. There is a web of suspicion over everyone, and you find yourself wondering who are the bad guys here. Wow!!
Even being a Preacher's child doesn't always help you to make the right decisions, and we find that those little seeds planted young, seem to come back at the right time. God is with they always, not just when danger appears, and the people who are put on their path, are not there by chance.
We do find these characters interfering with the murder/robbery investigation and although I would probably make some of the same mistakes they did, they could have ended up in jail.
Come along for another of Dr. Mabry's reads, I know I wasn't disappointed, and felt that I had become a part of the Fraizer family. I also enjoyed that there was an epilogue at the end of the book. Don't miss this one, especially if you love mysteries!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God."
Years later, another gun-shot victim lay in her front lawn. Once again, Shannon's hands are covered in blood. Once again, Death had claimed another victory. But what happens in the ensuing weeks will make this event seem as peaceful as a Sunday morning.
I think I've read every one of Dr. Mabry's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one was equally as enjoyable. The characters are interesting and I found relating with many of their struggles. I particularly enjoyed the dynamics between Shannon and her little sister. At times I wasn't sure how I felt about Mark, but over time I found myself liking him.
Although, the story was entertaining and fast-paced from the opening pages until the end, there is a familiarity to this story to other stories by this author. I don't want to give anything away, but if you've read other books by Dr. Mabry you will see the pattern.
This is a stand alone novel and would make a great introduction to an excellent author. If you've read and enjoyed Dr. Mabry in the past this one will not disappoint you.
Disclaimer: I did receive this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.