Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Critical Condition

Critical Condition

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
If you are a fan of Richard Mabry's other books, you'll enjoy this one too.  Like the others, it is a fast-paced romantic Christian suspense featuring medical and legal scenes.  Like the others, it takes quite a few liberties with the legal aspects.  Like the others it is somewhat unrealistic and like the others, it has a happy ending.  

The Christian aspects of the book are interwoven throughout the story.  The characters pray before meals--or the fact that they don't is mentioned.  Shannon's dad is a pastor and go to church with Shannon a couple of times.  We learn that one thing keeping Shannon from committing to Mark is the strength of his faith versus the weakness of hers.  Nevertheless, this isn't a conversion story and no angel comes to the rescue.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B.

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