Retired physician, Richard L. Mabry, has written a thriller set in a medical backdrop. Critical Condition is indeed a page-turner. I could not help but feel that the protagonist, Dr. Shannon Frasier, must have had the feeling that she was reliving the trials of the biblical Job. After a shooting that resulted in a murder in her front yard, Shannon’s life completely pivoted out of control.
As Shannon’s life skids more and more into chaos, this competent doctor finds herself turning more and more to the God that she had known growing up. Shannon struggled with the familiar refrain that if there was a God why had he not stopped tragedy.
It became evident fairly early in the story that there were some dangerous times ahead for Shannon and the book began to pick up, rushing toward an exciting ending. I admired Shannon’s drive to not let a criminal destroy her life and I think any reader would admire her coolness in a time of extreme danger.
I recommend this book. It is exciting and will definitely keep the reader going until the final page. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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-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.
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.