Thursday, June 12, 2014
Critical Conditions by Richard L. Mabry M.D.
Dr. 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.
Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry M.D. was an suspenseful and exciting read that kept me glued to its pages as I tried to discover who was responsible for the murders happening and why Shannon was suddenly involved. The plot line was well written and flawlessly switched between moments in the hospital to the dangers Shannon faced and then to the struggles in her own personal life with her fiance, sister, and father. I was drawn into Shannon's plight, and I was glad to see that as the struggles grew harder, Shannon began to return to God and to a faith in Him, something which Mark supported. I also really appreciated the clarity and the intensity in which the scenes in the hospital where Mark and Shannon worked were crafted so that I really felt like I was apart of the team and experiencing the scenes and situations as they unfolded as well. Overall, I enjoyed this novel immensely, and I liked how the mystery, medical field, and even matters of romance, tragedy, and spirituality were all integrated smoothly into one story. I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.