Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Critical Condition by Dr. Richard Mabry

Dr. Shannon Frasier was having a dinner party for a colleague when gun shots rang out. They discover a man has been shot on her lawn. She and her colleague try to help him but he soon dies. For Shannon, it is a repeat nightmare of when her fiancé was shot ten years ago. She couldn't save his life either. She has carried that burden all these years and is yet unable to commit to Mark, a man she dearly loves.

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.

I really liked this medical suspense novel. The characters are well developed and believable. Shannon, already on the road to being a doctor when her fiancé was killed, commited her life to saving the lives of others. She is a good doctor but she has had a troubled relationship with God. And she wants to accept the marriage proposal Mark has offered but she is so afraid of the possible hurt she might experience again. Mark is a patient, a committed Christian, loving, and very supporting man. I just hoped as I read the novel that somehow they could work out their relationship.

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 am taking part in a blog tour of this book. You can read other reviews here.

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician and the author of four novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He and his wife live in North Texas. You can find out more about him and his books at

Thomas Nelson, 336 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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