Anytime I get a chance to read one of Dr. Richard Mabry's books, I jump on it! I absolutely LOVE his medical thrillers and Critical Condition was EXCELLENT, as I knew it would be! I'm never able to solve the who-done-it in Dr. Mabry's books and I LOVE that! I've always loved the fact that his books, for me, are not the typical cookie cutter suspense novels. He writes good, clean, exciting novels that leave you anxiously awaiting the next one!
I loved Shannon and how she loved her family! She cared immensely for her sister, and being the oldest child, she took on a role that I could completely relate to. I just thought Mark was amazing and his patience with Shannon were obviously God-given :) But that is always how the Lord works! What we think is impossible, God makes a way and provides all you need to get through it, and that is evident in Dr. Mabry's books!
If you haven't read one of Dr. Mabry's books, you truly should! If you like suspense, medical thrillers, then Oh boy! you truly need to read his books!!
Critical Condition is a 5 Ã¢â¢Â¥ Ã¢â¢Â¥ Ã¢â¢Â¥ Ã¢â¢Â¥ Ã¢â¢Â¥'s review for sure!
Shannon's life becomes more complicated when her sister calls in the middle of the night needing a place to stay. Is Megan on drugs again? When she turns to her pastor-father for help, she finds he has been diagnosed with leukemia.
He world becomes even more fragile as she begins to receive phone calls, a rough voice demanding to know what the man said before he died.
There is plenty of action in this novel too. Shannon's life is in danger. Megan is in danger too. Her old boyfriend was found murdered and there is one policeman who determined to pin the murder on her. When we get near the end of the novel, the suspense really builds.
If you like medical novels with lots of suspense, you'll like this novel. I did.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
"The valet parking attendant assisted Shannon Fraiser from the car, and she pulled her sweater tighter around her against the gusty autumn wind. "Todd, this place looks expensive."
Todd Richardson made his way around the car and took Shannon's hand. "Yes, but I hear the food's wonderful."
As they walked down the canopied sidewalk toward the leaded glass doors, Shannon said, "But if it's too expensive..."
Todd grinned at her. He shook his head and a few strands of dark hair dropped onto his forehead. "Don't worry. I can handle it." The grin became a smile, and Shannon's heart rate sped up, as it always did. "I just got a nice promotion, with a significant boost in salary. On the other hand, you're not going to be earning anything until you get out of medical school. You deserve something nice every once in a while.
"I'm proud of you for getting the promotion," Shannon said. "And the bigger salary would be nice if..." She let the words trail off. When Todd was ready to ask the question that was on both their minds, he would. Meanwhile, she'd just enjoy tonight.
Todd seemed to read her mind. "I know what you're thinking." Todd said. "We can talk about it -"
Shannon felt a tug on her arm a split second after she heard the gunshot. She felt, more than she saw, Todd crumple to the ground beside her. When she looked down, he lay on his side, eyes wide, a stunned expression on his face. His lips barely parted as he whispered, "Help me." (excerpt from Critical Condition)
In the latest medical suspense thriller, Critical Condition, by Richard L. Mabry, MD, Shannon Fraiser, is about to put it all on the line to salvage a career in medicine. When a man is subsequently shot on her front line much in the same way as Todd, she begins to wonder if there isn't a possible link in the two similar shootings. Just when she is on the border of dealing with this, her sister Megan calls looking for a last minute place to stay now that her boyfriend has been stealing her pharmaceutical drug samples and has left her without a job. The final straw comes in how well Shannon is able to deal with crisis is when her father is diagnosed with cancer and her boyfriend wants to understand why she can't commit to marriage. The story is about to get more interesting than she could ever begin to imagine and life may never be the same again.
I received Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own unless otherwise noted. I love every novel that Mr. Mabry has published because it utilizes his experience as a medical physician to keep the story captivating, on the edge of your seat and turning pages faster than you ever thought possible with just the right blend of suspense. Once again I believe he has hit a home room with this one and easily rates a 5 out of 5 in my book. This one even comes with a discussion guide at the end that is perfect for book clubs!
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.
I was given this book as part of the Book Look bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.