Critical Condition

Critical Condition

by Richard Mabry


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But the murder of a stranger on her front lawn is only the first in a string of events that have Dr. Shannon Frasier’s life teetering on the edge of chaos. She’s unable to make the deeper commitment her boyfriend deserves. Her sister shows up at her home needing a place to stay but with no promise she’ll remain sober. And her father is diagnosed with cancer.

Then Shannon’s life stops teetering and plunges into the abyss. Because the person behind the guttural voice on the phone wants to know what the stranger said before he died. And he won’t stop until Shannon gives him the information he wants—even if she doesn’t have it.

He’s coming for her. She’s not sure the police on the case can be trusted. And her only hope of escape—for herself and for those she loves—is to overcome her buried past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401687403
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have wonthe Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

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Critical Condition 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not terribly suspenseful and not as logical as I would have hoped or expected. However it is a nice change from the awful language and downright evilness of some of the characters created by some other authors. It makes for a nice change.
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VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
The story is full of twists and turns. When her boyfriend dies in her arms after being shot, Shannon Frazier vows that she will fight against death for the rest of her life. But several years later, Dr. Frazier is holding another dying man in her arms, a stranger who was shot in her front yard. Soon afterwards, her sister asks for a place to stay to get away from her abusive boyfriend. These two events begin a series of events that throw the sisters into turmoil. Shannon starts receiving mysterious phone calls. Her life is unraveling and she doesn't know who to trust. From the first page to the last, Critical Condition is captivating and entertaining. I will say that there are many twists and turns in this book making you think everything is tied together one minute and then in another minute you start questioning things and begin thinking everything is unrelated. You may figure this one out before the end, but it's still a lot of fun to read. This book is the first one I read from this author and loved reading this story and couldn’t put it down till the end. This is a great story and recommend reading if you are in the mood for a mystery. I received this eBook from the publisher for my review
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Dr. Shannon Frasier is no stranger to trauma, but a string of recent events cause her to wonder if she is capable of handling everything life is throwing at her. As she faces one crisis after another, she quickly learns that she must learn to trust the people in her life, but more importantly reconcile her relationship with the Lord. Critical Condition is another stellar medical suspense novel from Richard Mabry! The story is intense and fast-paced. I enjoyed getting to know Shannon and Mark and seeing their relationship progress. Shannon's sister Megan was another great character. She probably showed the most growth of anyone in the story, and it would be fun to see her reappear in future novels. Dr. Mabry's experience as a doctor shines through this book and makes the medical situations very realistic. I will admit that things "piled on" Shannon, and by the end of the novel, I was desperate for her to catch a break. However, Dr. Mabry was able to draw everything to a satisfying conclusion and didn't leave any loose ends for me to wonder over. I was happy to read another of Mabry's suspense novels and recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced medical drama. [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Richard L. Mabry, M.D. in his new book “Critical Condition” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Dr. Shannon Frasier. From the back cover:   IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A QUIET DINNER PARTY WITH HER COLLEAGUES— NOT THE SCENE OF A MURDER. But the murder of a stranger on her front lawn is only the first in a string of events that have Dr. Shannon Frasier’s life teetering on the edge of chaos. She’s unable to make the deeper commitment her boyfriend deserves. Her sister shows up at her home needing a place to stay but with no promise she’ll remain sober. And her father is diagnosed with cancer. Then Shannon’s life stops teetering and plunges into the abyss. Because the person behind the guttural voice on the phone wants to know what the stranger said before he died. And he won’t stop until Shannon gives him the information he wants—even if she doesn’t have it. He’s coming for her. She’s not sure the police on the case can be trusted. And her only hope of escape—for herself and for those she loves—is to overcome her buried past. I think “Critical Condition” is Dr. Mabry’s best medical thriller to date.  First off take a look at the cover–it looks like the medical tray for the doctor during an operation except for the gun and three bullets.  The book has already grabbed your attention and you haven’t even started reading yet!  Emotional trauma is the hardest experience to heal from mostly because it was so painful in the first place that we do not want to revisit it to begin the healing process.  That is where Shannon is at when a stranger is shot on her front lawn it triggers all the memories from her previous experience.  Only this time the situation is even worse.  On top of everything she is not sure whom she can trust.  Action, mystery and suspense these are the ingredients of “Critical Condition”.  Without a doubt Dr. Mabry really knows how to write a thriller that will grab your attention and then keep it until he decides to let go.  “Critical Condition” is a complicated mystery thriller as Shannon’s life is in danger practically from page one.  Turn off the TV, unplug the computer, put aside the housework you are not going to want to do anything but read this book until the end and enjoy yourself in the process.  Dr. Mabry has written another exciting book that most certainly is a huge winner! Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from  Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Absorbing Medical Suspense! The death of her boyfriend as the result of a gunshot wound when she was a first year medical student deeply affected Dr. Shannon Frasier. A well respected and prestigious surgeon and professor, Shannon's competency as a physician is indisputable. Her fear of commitment, however, is obvious by her perpetual status as "almost-fiance" to Dr. Mark Gilbert. Mark's patience and strong faith are the strongholds that he clings to regarding his stationary relationship with Shannon.  While enjoying a celebratory dinner with Mark and two additional physician friends Shannon's deepest fears are revisited through a similar incident on her front lawn. This second gunshot death shattered her world once again, deepening the intensity of her defenses. Shannon's loss of faith and her frustration at not having the capacity to save either victim haunts her. Her younger sister then enters the story, complicating Shannon's life further. Police involvement has become an integral aspect in this suspense-filled novel as well. As the saying goes, "the plot thickens."   This is my first experience reading one of Richard Mabry's medical mysteries, and I found it very difficult to put this book down. As a former member of the medical community I thoroughly enjoy a well-written medical mystery, and Critical Condition was no disappointment. The author's medical knowledge is a definite bonus in this fast-paced novel filled with suspense and unforeseen developments. Considerable research is reflected through the detailed legalistic aspects that dominated much of this novel. The cast of characters revealed throughout this book represent believable and well defined individuals. Issues, such as addiction, fear of commitment and family dynamics are broached with candor and integrity. I recommend Dr. Mabry's book, "Critical Condition," and look forward to reading more books written by this talented author. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
Dr. Mabry has once again written a novel that provides everything you could ask for in a great novel.  He  has provided us with meaningful characters, a believable storyline and a plot that flows like a smooth river.   The descriptions of places and actions throughout the book always invoke clear vivid pictures of everything that is happening, adding to the realism and immersion of the storyline.  The end is wrapped up tight, allowing you to heave a huge sigh of relief that all of the suspense and turmoil has finally come  to a dramatic end.  Of course, that’s only until the next book come out. Is this a "guy's book"?  This book has all of the markings of a great “guy’s book”.  The suspense and  intrigue start small and continue to a full crescendo until you’re almost breathing from all of the action.  To me, there’s nothing like a great action-packed “whodunit” to brighten your day.
Ashley_22 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Shannon Fraiser was having a nice quiet dinner with colleagues when a murder occurred. Right on her front lawn. The murder starts a string of mysteries unraveling Shannon's life. All the while Shannon is struggling with an event in her life, much like the murder on her front lawn. Can Shannon overcome her fears from the past and work through the chaos ever present in her life now? I really enjoyed this book. It's quite a page turner. Dr. Mabry has a way of mixing suspense and medical aspects that makes the story seem real. I couldn't put it down! *I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review.*
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Richard Mabry, MD combines the pace of a crime thriller and the equally stressful world of medicine with a well crafted, complex personal story of Dr. Shannon Frasier.  All three worlds collide the evening Shannon finds a victim of a fatal gun shot wound on her lawn.  Despite all her medical training, she cannot save him, and the flashbacks to a eerily similar event a decade has her again questioning her life as a physician. Within hours, she receives a phone call from her sister, begging for yet another personal rescue.  Could her sister's newest trouble have something to do with the stranger on Shannon's lawn?   I enjoy medical suspense books, why I am not sure.  Perhaps it is because I know so little about medicine and so I am a more forgiving reader of that subject.  I recommend Richard L. Mabry's books if you like that genre or want to give it a try.  Shannon's boyfriend (almost fiancee) lends a realistic, solid component to this novel, and yet his role is quiet, almost fading into the background.  Only when you think about him do you see his importance.  I leave it for you to discover if Shannon feels the same way. I received a copy of this book from Litfuse and Thomas Nelson publishing for my honest review.  I want to thank them and Dr. Mabry for the opportunity to read this novel.  
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 Richard Mabry is my go-to author when I need a story about ordinary citizens caught up in a major mystery.  In the last year, I've had the pleasure of reviewing three of his books: Stress Test, Heart Failure, and now Critical Condition.  And I swear his mysteries get more perplexing with each novel- there were at least three major plot twists in Critical Condition that I never expected! But I'm getting ahead of myself here.  Critical Condition is the story of a sister, and a reluctant sister's keeper.  Meagan Frasier really needs a "Bless This Mess" coffee mug. The youngest Frasier girl, she can be lovable and infuriating all at once.  She's beginning to realize that while her life is untidy and she's been derailed in the past, there is hope and a good future ahead of her. That's why I loved Meagan: she's the person inside all of us who knows that sometimes we cause trouble and sometimes we make a mess of things, but we want to keep trying.  Frankly, Dr. Shannon Frasier is tired of cleaning up behind Meagan. When they were young it was dishes and laundry, now it's prescription drug addiction rehab and loser boyfriends. Will Meagan never straighten up?!  At least Shannon tries to live up to role as grown-up Pastor's daughter. On the outside, her life looks fine. It's clean, productive, and respectable.  On the inside, she feels hollow. When her fiancee died ten years before, the loss opened up a hole inside her and she's never fully healed.  And her current situation looks nothing like a prescription for healing: her sister is crashing at her house again, this year's wave of residents have just arrived at the hospital for training, and there's been a murder on her front lawn. Shannon is being pushed to the breaking point.  I loved this story, not just for the mystery (which sure was tricky and startling!) but for the tale of two sisters and restoration after loss.  Richard Mabry combines suspense with people-oriented plots, that show how men and women move closer to God in the middle of real life.  Get ready to join Shannon in sleuthing, sistering, spiritual renewal, and suspense. Thank you Litfuse for my review copy! 
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Once you turn the first page of this fast paced, riveting, book you are going to be hooked. It begins with Dr. Shannon Frasier and her young boyfriend. What happened that night haunts the career of this doctor for years to come? Once we enter the story, we hear a noise in the dark, unsure of what is happening; we head to the kitchen, only to find a gun pointed at us. Yes this is actually a preview of what is about to happen throughout this story. There is a web of suspicion over everyone, and you find yourself wondering who are the bad guys here. Wow!! Even being a Preacher’s child doesn’t always help you to make the right decisions, and we find that those little seeds planted young, seem to come back at the right time. God is with they always, not just when danger appears, and the people who are put on their path, are not there by chance. We do find these characters interfering with the murder/robbery investigation and although I would probably make some of the same mistakes they did, they could have ended up in jail. Come along for another of Dr. Mabry’s reads, I know I wasn’t disappointed, and felt that I had become a part of the Fraizer family. I also enjoyed that there was an epilogue at the end of the book. Don’t miss this one, especially if you love mysteries! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Docmeister1219 More than 1 year ago
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”                                                                                                                                                                 Zechariah 13:9 (KJV) It’s been said, “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.”  Shannon Frasier is discovering the truth of those words first hand.  As her fiancé lay dying in her arms, medical student Shannon Frasier received his dying words, “Help me!” as her life’s mission.  Blazing her own trail into the inner sanctum of medical surgery, Dr. Frasier has determined that never again would she allow Death to win a battle uncontested. Years later, another gun-shot victim lay in her front lawn.  Once again, Shannon’s hands are covered in blood.   Once again, Death had claimed another victory.  But what happens in the ensuing weeks will make this event seem as peaceful as a Sunday morning. For the man who lay dying on her lawn held a secret; a secret that he whispered with his last breath.  A secret that will rock Shannon’s world, which is already complicated enough.  Struggling with the return of her sister, a recovering addict; her pastor father’s recent sudden weight loss; and her seeming inability to commit to a long-term relationship with her “almost- fiancé,” Shannon finally comes to the conclusion that she is the one who needs help.  And there’s only One Person who could possibly bring her through this crucible in one peace. The twists and turns that author and retired physician Richard Mabry bring to this book will keep you turning the pages to the stunning conclusion. 5 stars for a fine combination of suspense, faith and romance
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
I think I’ve read every one of Dr. Mabry’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one was equally as enjoyable. The characters are interesting and I found relating with many of their struggles. I particularly enjoyed the dynamics between Shannon and her little sister. At times I wasn’t sure how I felt about Mark, but over time I found myself liking him. Although, the story was entertaining and fast-paced from the opening pages until the end, there is a familiarity to this story to other stories by this author. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’ve read other books by Dr. Mabry you will see the pattern. This is a stand alone novel and would make a great introduction to an excellent author. If you’ve read and enjoyed Dr. Mabry in the past this one will not disappoint you. Disclaimer: I did receive this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Anytime I get a chance to read one of Dr. Richard Mabry's books, I jump on it!  I absolutely LOVE his medical thrillers and Critical Condition was EXCELLENT, as I knew it would be! I'm never able to solve the who-done-it in Dr. Mabry's books and I LOVE that! I've always loved the fact that his books, for me, are not the typical cookie cutter suspense novels.  He writes good, clean, exciting novels that leave you anxiously awaiting the next one! I loved Shannon and how she loved her family! She cared immensely for her sister, and being the oldest child, she took on a role that I could completely relate to. I just thought Mark was amazing and his patience with Shannon were obviously God-given :) But that is always how the Lord works! What we think is impossible, God makes a way and provides all you need to get through it, and that is evident in Dr. Mabry's books!  If you haven't read one of Dr. Mabry's books, you truly should! If you like suspense, medical thrillers, then Oh boy! you truly need to read his books!!  Critical Condition is a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s review for sure!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"The valet parking attendant assisted Shannon Fraiser from the car, and she pulled her sweater tighter around her against the gusty autumn wind. "Todd, this place looks expensive." Todd Richardson made his way around the car and took Shannon's hand. "Yes, but I hear the food's wonderful." As they walked down the canopied sidewalk toward the leaded glass doors, Shannon said, "But if it's too expensive..." Todd grinned at her. He shook his head and a few strands of dark hair dropped onto his forehead. "Don't worry. I can handle it." The grin became a smile, and Shannon's heart rate sped up, as it always did. "I just got a nice promotion, with a significant boost in salary. On the other hand, you're not going to be earning anything until you get out of medical school. You deserve something nice every once in a while. "I'm proud of you for getting the promotion," Shannon said. "And the bigger salary would be nice if..." She let the words trail off. When Todd was ready to ask the question that was on both their minds, he would. Meanwhile, she'd just enjoy tonight. Todd seemed to read her mind. "I know what you're thinking." Todd said. "We can talk about it -" Shannon felt a tug on her arm a split second after she heard the gunshot. She felt, more than she saw, Todd crumple to the ground beside her. When she looked down, he lay on his side, eyes wide, a stunned expression on his face. His lips barely parted as he whispered, "Help me." (excerpt from Critical Condition) In the latest medical suspense thriller, Critical Condition, by Richard L. Mabry, MD, Shannon Fraiser, is about to put it all on the line to salvage a career in medicine. When a man is subsequently shot on her front line much in the same way as Todd, she begins to wonder if there isn't a possible link in the two similar shootings. Just when she is on the border of dealing with this, her sister Megan calls looking for a last minute place to stay now that her boyfriend has been stealing her pharmaceutical drug samples and has left her without a job. The final straw comes in how well Shannon is able to deal with crisis is when her father is diagnosed with cancer and her boyfriend wants to understand why she can't commit to marriage. The story is about to get more interesting than she could ever begin to imagine and life may never be the same again. I received Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own unless otherwise noted. I love every novel that Mr. Mabry has published because it utilizes his experience as a medical physician to keep the story captivating, on the edge of your seat and turning pages faster than you ever thought possible with just the right blend of suspense. Once again I believe he has hit a home room with this one and easily rates a 5 out of 5 in my book. This one even comes with a discussion guide at the end that is perfect for book clubs!