I guess I'm just a sucker for a good medical thriller, one that grips you from the start and never lets you go until the very last pages. No one can do that better than Dr. Mabry, and I'm excited to have a new book by him to be able to offer you a review.
Dr. Carrie Markham has had her share of heart ache after the death of her husband several years earlier. She has finally opened herself up to a new relationship with Adam Davidson and has a medical practice that is taking off. In a single conversation, though, her life is turned upside down. As Carrie and Adam are sitting in his car after a movie, shots ring out that shatter the windows of the car, and the tranquility of the night. Adam confesses that he isn't who she thinks he is, that he has a history that may be responsible for the attack on them. Carrie isn't sure she wants any part of his life, especially one that could get her killed. As more attacks rain down on both Carrie and Adam, she decides to work with him to decide who is behind the attacks. Can they find the shooter before more serious damage is done? Will Carrie be able to overcome her hurt and forgive Adam? Who is Adam and why are people shooting at him? Your heart won't fail you if you run and BUY THIS BOOK!
Dr. Mabry has again written a medical thriller that twists and turns from the start and throws so many red herrings at you that you don't know which way is up until the book is done. You feel for Dr. Markham as you understand the loss that she has endured with the loss of her husband and the feeling of hopelessness that she feels as she and Adam fight against the unknown. You root for Adam as he struggles against trying to find out who the shooter is and keeping Carrie safe and in his life. To me, the mark of a great author is one that can develop characters for you that you become invested in their lives and the outcome of what's happening during the story. Those are some of the best attributes that will keep Dr. Mabry writing and being read for years to come.
Is this a "Guy's Book"? It has its moments. There is a mystery to be solved, there are shootings and evasive driving maneuvers, but there is still an element of romance as well. But hey, who doesn't need a little romance in their life?
Dr. Carrie Markham's heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
While Carrie struggles to decide whether to follow her heart or her head, the threats against them continue to escalate. Her lifeÃ¢â¬âas well as Adam'sÃ¢â¬âdepends on making the right choice . . . and the clock is ticking.
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. A witness protection program escapee that just wants his life back. Bad guys that do not want him to have a life at all. And Carrie, a widow, who really thought she was going to have a quiet life with her new fiance. These are the ingredients of "Heart Failure" The reason for the title is that is what it feels we are going to have as we deal with all the action, mystery and suspense as Carrie and Keith do their best to stay alive and bring the bad guys to justice. "Heart Failure" is a complicated mystery thriller as Carrie and Keith's lives are 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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The title and back blurb was the first that caught my attention about this new Thomas Nelson publishers release. Medical drama/mysteries have become a new genre of choice for me and I wanted to know where the story would take me.
I have to admit I wasn't as immediately thrilled with this title. Much of the writing felt very "telling" to me and in consequence, I speed read through much of the title, not a lot prompting me to stop and absorb what was happening on the pages.
Now, that isn't to say I'm trying to be overly harsh or critical of this novel. I thought the overall premise was a commendable one. It had my attention and the plot served to captivate me enough to keep me reading to find out what would happen. Certain twists throughout the story kept the story lively and I wanted to see our two main characters reach their happily ever after.
Some of the emotions on the part of the characters felt "plastic" to me as though they were merely saying their lines on stage, but the story certainly did not lack its share of mystery or medical drama.
While it's not a book I would necessarily want to read it again, the title is a good, clean medical mystery with a bit of love story.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Booksneeze for my copy to review.
The book " Heart Failure" by Richard Mabry didn't stop my heart but had it pounding. first my heart was pounding in anticipation of reading this book. It did not disappoint. My heart was racing throughout.