Book Review: Stress Test

11 Apr

687083_w185They may not have enough evidence to convict him, but they have enough to ruin his life.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left his last shift in the ER have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is escape. He does so, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a murderer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

RMabry-120A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed 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 is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

My Impressions:

If you like quick-paced suspense, then Dr. Richard Mabry’s Stress Test is for you. The novel opens with a bang and the stress on the main character, Dr. Matt Newman, doesn’t let up until the very end. Matt finds himself in the middle of a bewildering murder case. The bad guys are out to get him and it seems the good guys are as well. With his brother far away on the mission field and the desertion of his girlfriend and most of his friends and colleagues, Matt has to rely on God and his lawyer — neither of which comes naturally, but he soon finds that is all he’s got.

I liked the blending of the murder/kidnapping story, which is suspenseful enough, and Matt’s role as an ER doctor. The contrast of the life and death struggle of survival for Matt and his dedication to save his patients added something special to this story. The characters’ motivations were interesting, and I actually looked forward to the scenes involving the bad guys! My husband picked the novel up after I was finished, and was soon engrossed in Matt’s struggle — proving this book is for anyone who enjoys a puzzling mystery or a page-turning plot.


(Thanks to LitFuse and the author for a copy of Stress Test. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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One Response to “Book Review: Stress Test”

  1. Pamela April 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    What an awesome review! I’m needing a new and fresh novel author (I read mostly nonfiction) and this just may be it.

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