Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: Diagnosis Death

Diagnosis Death - Prescription for Trouble Series #3

About the Book:
The threatening midnight calls followed Dr. Elena Gardner from one city to another, prolonging her grief. Even worse, they are echoed by the whispers of her own colleagues. Whispers that started after her comatose husband died in the ICU . . . then another mysterious death during her training. When a third happens at her new hospital, the whispers turn into a shout: “Mercy killer!”

Why doesn’t she defend herself? What is the dark secret that keeps Elena’s lips sealed?

Two physicians, widowers themselves, offer support, telling Elena they know what she is going through after the death of her husband. But do they? And is it safe to trust either of them with her secret? Soon Elena will find that even when the world seems to be against her, God is for her, if she'll only trust him.

My Comments:
The summary above makes this book sound far more religious than what it really is.  I was more than halfway through the book before anything more religious than having a preacher as a character came forth.  Basically the religious part of the book is that when Elena loses her husband, she loses her faith.  A whole lot of bad stuff happens and while most of it happens she is living in the spare room in the preacher's house.  At some point the preacher's wife reminds her that God is looking out for her, even if she doesn't feel Him.  She sees a friend and fellow doctor praying for a patient.  After the climax, she she goes to church and hears a sermon about the resurrection.  In short, the book is far more romantic medical thriller than Christian.  

Like Mabry's other books (click link for my review) Medical Error and Code Blue, Diagnosis Death moves quickly and is hard to put down.  Mabry's medical background shows in his descriptions of medical center life  and illnesses.  His characters are likable and not too good to be true.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley and I think most folks would enjoy this book.  Grade:  B+

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