Book Review: Critical Condition

26 Apr

687403Dr. Frasier couldn’t save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she’s fighting for her own life.

It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.

Her “almost-fiancé” Dr. Mark Gilbert’s support only adds to Shannon’s feelings of guilt, since she can’t bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Shannon thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, “What did he say before he died?”

With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.


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:

For fast-paced suspense novels, one go-to author is Richard Mabry, M.D. I have enjoyed his books in the past and was please to be included in the tour of his latest, Critical Condition. There’s a little bit for everyone — romance, suspense, a puzzling mystery, medical drama and characters that grapple with real life problems, questions and doubts. A quick read that will keep you turning the pages, Critical Condition is a good choice for your next book.

Shannon Frasier has dedicated her professional life to saving people. An accomplished surgeon at a teaching hospital in Texas, her past has informed her present. Unfortunately, it is the unresolved things of the past that keep cropping up that keep her from fully committing to life. When a man is gunned down on her front lawn, a series of events occur that make her a target not just for the bad guys, but for the police. Not knowing whom to trust, Shannon and almost-fiance, Mark, are determined to get the answers they need.

While I have never faced shootings and threats against my life, I could really identify with the main character’s doubts about God’s presence in all circumstances. When heartfelt prayers go seemingly unanswered it is easy to believe God just doesn’t really care. Even with the examples of calm and steady faith of her parents and boyfriend, Shannon has to learn to trust all by herself. That’s a lesson for us all. While another person’s walk truly does speak volumes, an individual really has to experience faith for themselves. Shannon is also a fixer (something I struggle with) and has to be reminded that some things you just have to turn over to God (page 212).

With just the right mix of suspense and romance, real life drama and the message of hope, Critical Condition is a good choice for your next read.


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(Thanks to LitFuse and Thomas Nelson for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Critical Condition”

  1. Richard Mabry April 26, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Beckie, thanks for the review of Critical Condition. I hope your blog readers enjoy it as well.

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      You are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Susanne April 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    I was hoping to get in on this tour but missed it. I may just go purchase it today. It sounds like it was a good one.

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.

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