Saturday, June 28, 2014
Critical Condition - Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
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 give this book 2 stars. I felt too disconnected from the characters, due to the scattered story pieces, to really feel drawn into the book.
You can find Critical Condition HERE.
You can find the author's website HERE.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, as part of their BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for my honest review.