Shannon Frasier witnesses the shooting of her college boyfriend, prays for him to live, but he dies. Thereafter, she blames God and has a very distant relationship with him. Ten years later, she is on staff, teaching residents how to be surgeons. She has a boyfriend, who wants to be engaged, but she keeps putting him off. Mark is a Christian and realizes Shannon's spiritual life is mediocre at best.
While hosting a small dinner party, a man is shot on Shannon's front lawn and dies in her arms, eerily reminiscent of her boyfriend's death ten years ago. That same night her sister calls and wants to come stay with her for a while. She has had problems in the past with alcohol and drugs, but has been out of rehab for six months and sober. Shortly thereafter, Shannon receives a mysterious phone call asking about the shooting on her front lawn. Then, she discovers her father has been diagnosed with cancer. How much more can one person take? Oh yeah, she also is exposed to the HIV virus and has to begin antiretroviral therapy. Then the detectives sent to investigate the case begin to treat Shannon and Megan as suspects, so Shannon now doesn't even trust law enforcement. Thankfully, Mark is there to support and encourage her through it all. He tells her, "Whatever happens we can handle together."
I liked the suspense and thrill aspect of the story. My favorite character was Megan. She was determined to live a new life after a former life of lots of mistakes. She has strength and a great support system in her sister and parents. I also enjoyed the medical setting and terminology. I didn't like how Shannon appeared weak and uncertain when making nonmedical decisions sometimes. It just didn't seem to jibe with her strong decision making skills as a surgeon. I did like that she finally recognized her need for help and sought that help instead of continually trying to fix her problem on her own. Mark shows spiritual maturity and a truly loving heart toward Shannon. I always enjoy this author's exciting novels and look forward to what comes inside the next suspense-filled package!
I just finished Richard Mabry's new book, "Critical Condition". I have come to expect intrigue, mystery, a good story line, action, suspense, and of corse romance (for the ladies, insert smile) from this author. He did not disappoint.
Megan's boyfriend is also shot and killed. The smoking gun leads to Shannon and Megan because their finger prints are on it. Eventually, Megan becomes the chief suspect.
Meanwhile each girl has their personal and inner struggles. Shannon struggles with her faith and relationship to God even though her dad is a pastor. She also has panic attacks when she has to perform surgery on a gun shot victim. Any other time blood does not bother her. She will be faced with the ultimate challenge when someone close to her is again shot.
The ending is fast paced and takes you on a thrill ride.
I highly recommend "Critical Condtion" for an enjoyable read.
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Dr. Mabry has added another well-written book to my library.
Shannon Frasier is "almost engaged" - she just has not said "yes" yet. Her suiter appears to be willing to wait, but for how long? She had through it before - an engagement that is. It was terminated when her fiance had been shot in front of her during medical school and she could do nothing to save him. And now it was happening again.
But before that could happen, there was another murder - and detective Steve Alston becomes infatuated with Shannon even as she and her sister were suspects in this most recent case of murder.
It would take some clever work on the part of Steve and his partner, Jesse Callaway, working with Shannon and her sister, Megan, to get to the bottom of this murder and a number of others.
The author's faith comes out throughout the book - in the lives and events which make this book so readable. To the reader looking for a medical mystery that will hold his or her attention, from beginning to end, Critical Condition may be just the book that is needed.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, MD immediately caught my eye because I've read, and loved, three other books by him so far. I love his unique blend of medical, thriller, and Christian novel rolled into one. In fact, he's one of my favorite new authors! So I was excitedly looking forward to reading another great book by him. Critical Condition is the story of Dr. Shannon Frasier, her fiance Dr. Mark Gilbert, and her troubled, recovering addict sister, Megan. Shannon's previous fiance had been shot down in front of her, and now during a dinner party, a strange man is shot dead on her lawn. She's thrust into a mystery involving dangerous criminals, a bank robbery, kidnapping, murder, and, oh yeah, her own HIV scare due to tainted blood.
I want to start off by saying I have absolutely loved Mabry's previous books, and they kept me up all night turning the pages. However, I had some trouble connecting to this one. Don't get me wrong - it was a great story, and I enjoyed it - I just didn't get into it as much as his previous books. I had trouble connecting with the characters and I felt like some threads of the story weren't tied up at the end. For example, he introduces another doctor who Mark is attracted to, but then never follows up on it and explains it. He just goes on to marry Shannon and nothing more is spoken of his doubts of his and Shannon's relationship and his attraction to the other doctor. However, I did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves medical thrillers. It just wasn't my favorite book of his so far.
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In "Critical Condition" by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. we meet Dr. Shannon Frasier. The book opens to a dinner party at her house with friends. Everything seems to be going fine until they hear gunshots. When a stranger dies on her front lawn it brings back old memories Shannon wished to keep locked inside. Ten years prior she lost her boyfriend to a drive by shooting. The most recent murder also brings new problems to her life especially when her sister shows up and seems to have a connection to the man who was murdered. The police seem to focus on Shannon and her sister as there two primary suspects when other details unravel. Shannon also has to deal with the feelings she has for her current boyfriend. He is ready for a commitment but she is too scared to offer that. The two draw closer and Shannon starts to have a relationship with God again but will it be too late?
This was an amazing book that you will not be able to put down. It is a fast paced thriller that will keep you pulled in and turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. In this book we see how we all must turn everything over to God and realize that we are not God. He is the one in power but if we turn to Him and trust in Him He will give us the strength to do what we did not think we could do and to move forward in our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook.