Sunday, May 18

Critical Condition by Richard Mabry (Book Review)

Ten years after losing her high school sweetheart in a tragic shooting, Dr. Shannon Frasier is a respected surgeon, dutiful daughter and sister, and on the verge of becoming engaged to a wonderful, godly pathologist who clearly adores her. Then, overnight, her well balanced life begins to unravel from every direction, leaving her shaken, floundering, and unsure who she can trust.

This book struck me as very similar to Terri Blackstock’s work. The story involves several common themes/tropes including preacher’s kids who’ve grown up to have shaky relationships with God, the dutiful older sister/screw-up younger sister dynamic, and the individual in a wonderful relationship but struggling to commit. Faith in God is clearly a focus throughout.

Good points: The book was solidly written and well edited, and the author’s obvious medical knowledge was put to good use. Two main characters who are doctors speak intelligently about medicine, but it never gets taken to the level of being overbearing or hard to follow.

Not so Good: I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters; they just felt a bit flat. Mark was a bit too patient and perfect, Shannon’s struggle to commit to her new relationship just never quite worked, and I didn’t feel that the explanations at the end quite reconciled many of the character’s behaviors throughout.
It wasn’t bad for a casual read, but I don’t expect to be looking up the other books in the series.

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