Thursday, May 8, 2014

Critical Condition by Richard Mabry - Book Review & Tour

critical condition

About the book:  
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-fiancĂ©" 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.

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Richard Mabry About the Author: A 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.

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My Thoughts: 
This was my first Richard Mabry and medical suspense novel. It was a good one to cut my teeth on. I loved how Shannon was written ~ strong and capable, yet lovable and caring and still needing to grow. Mark, Shannon's almost fiance, was excellent, and I wish there were more of his type in the real world! Overall, this story kept me guessing and kept me on my toes. I didn't much care for Shannon's sister, Megan. She was whiny and insulted that no one believed her when she promised she was clean and wasn't going back to drugs and alcohol. Never mind past actions, right? Also, she seemed to be quite the user which really bothered me as well. Not thankful, not compassionate to her sister or parents, and basically, an all around jerk with a pretty face. Blech.

There were no sex scenes and no swearing. 
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required they be positive.*

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