About the Book:
Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.
Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.
Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.
Richard Mabry has written another fast-pasted thriller that should keep readers on the edge of their seat until the sweet conclusion. Unfortunately I found the resolution part of the story completely far-fetched. The basic story of the bad guys was believable. That Matt escaped them once was a little incredible, but I supposed it could happen. That he escaped them twice, or even...well, it was obvious this book had to have a happy ending.
The book is Christian fiction and in this case, I think the Christian part came off primarily as a commercial--something that had little to do with the main action of the story, little to do with why the characters (with one exception) acted the way they did, it was just stuck in there or so it seemed to me.
As noted above, one of the main characters is a criminal defense attorney. The legal details were not quite right either. An assistant District Attorney talked about attending a deposition. Criminal depositions are the exception rather than the rule--in 20 years in the criminal defense business, I've heard of two, both for extraordinary reasons.
In short, while I enjoyed most of the book, the last few chapters just got more and more incredible.
I'd like to thank the folks at Litfuse for making a review copy available. Grade: B-
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