Critical Condition is a medical thriller that tells the story of Dr Shannon Frasier and her sister Megan as they inadvertently get tangled in what becomes a murder investigation. The story opens with Dr Frasier and guests gathered at her home for a dinner party that is tragically interrupted when a gunshot victim ends up fighting for his life on her front lawn. Dr Frasier, who is still trying to deal with making peace with a similar incident in her past, is then thrown into an tangled and complicated investigation that tests her personally, professionally, and spiritually.
Her sister Megan, who has been in and out of Shannon's life with troubles of her own, shows up just in time to be implicated as well, and brings with her a fair amount of questions, confusion, and mystery surrounding her involvement in much of the story that unfolds. This book was fast paced, and a quick read. It grabbed my attention right from the start (opening with a man dying of a gunshot wound will tend to do that) and it didn't take me long at all to finish reading it. Unfortunately, it didn't really hold my attention the whole way through, and I ultimately ended up with mixed feelings.
The kernel of the story was good... a murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. But with the exception of Megan, the characters felt sort of flat and underdeveloped to me. The ending was rushed, tying everything up extremely abruptly, and it made me feel somewhat cheated and confused. One of the subplots involved Dr Frasier and her will-she or won't-she commit to her "almost-fiance's" offer of marriage. When the answer was finally revealed, at the very end of the story, I found that I didn't much care, and had sort of wished she'd chosen something else.
This was not a bad book... as I said the story was mostly good, and I'd actually be interested in reading more by Mabry to see if different characters might grab me a bit more than Shannon Frasier.
Critical Condition is medical suspense/drama at its best. The book is well written with many twists and turns that keeps one guessing. The suspense element makes it a difficult book to put down. I highly recommend it, but it will very likely keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning.
Critical Condition by Richard Mabry, M.D. is a suspense filled story with a host of interesting characters. Medical mysteries are some of my favorite novels to read so I was thrilled to get a chance to review this book!
Dr Shannon Frasier is enjoying some time off with some of her other surgeon friends when a shot is heard outside her house. They all run outside to see how they can help the injured man, but it is too late. All the memories come rushing back to Shannon of another fateful night years ago. Her fiance's death from a gunshot wound, her inability to help him, her fear of guns ever since, and her inability to be in a committed relationship with her boyfriend, Dr. Mark Gilbert.
Then Shannon's sister, Meghan, gets pulled into the mystery when her ex-boyfriend gets killed, too. Will they be able to get out from the scrutiny of the police or will one of them be arrested?
I really enjoy Dr. Mabry's mysteries. They are so well planned and thought out, and I never want to stop reading them. This book is no exception! It reeled me in right from the beginning and kept get better and better. It wasn't too hard to figure out, but Shannon? She definitely kept me guessing. I wasn't sure if she would stay with her boyfriend or go out with the detective. I liked the uncertainty. :-) If you enjoy suspenseful fiction, you will definitely want to check this book out.
I was given this book free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Shannon Frasier has spent 10 years trying to overcome the tragedy of her almost-fiance dying in her arms after a gunshot. Now, on her front lawn, another man dies in her arms, leaving a cryptic message and a trail of danger to her door. While Shannon works through the ramifications on her emotions from this event, her sister calls on her for help, her parents battle bad news, and suddenly she's no longer who she can turn to to keep her life in order.
There were a few strong points to this story line - I appreciated Shannon's boyfriend Mark's attempts to draw Shannon back to God, but without pushing her too hard, or trying to manipulate her into dependence on him for her welfare, spiritual or physical. Shannon's own need to work through her past and how it affected her present was honest and I appreciated her realization of her own weaknesses. However. the rest of the book felt very scattered. There were so many tangents and extra characters that they couldn't possibly be all tied together. The book tried to cover Shannon's past, her family, her career, her sister, her relationships, and her faith, and it was just too much for one book to handle. Every scene should move a story along in some way, whether directly tied to the plot line, or serving to give development to a character. This book had too many extraneous scenes to flow well, and the resulting impression was of bits and pieces that had no bearing on the story.
I felt too disconnected from the characters, due to the scattered story pieces, to really feel drawn into the book.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, as part of their BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for my honest review.