Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review - Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Stress Test is written by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. and is published by Thomas Nelson.

Dr. Matt Newman has a bright future ahead of him. He decides to leave his career as a surgeon in private practice for one in academic medicine. He has a beautiful girlfriend. Everything is going well, until the unthinkable happens. Kidnappers attack him, bind him, and throw him in the trunk of his own car. Matt narrowly escapes with his life, just to find out that he is now wanted for murder. How did this happen?

Sandra Murray is a redheaded lawyer whose spirit reflects her red hair. She once swore that she was finished with doctors - those relationships had never worked out. But then she gets a call from Matt. She just can't just turn her back on an accused doctor who is completely innocent. And what to do about the strange attraction she feels toward him?

Together, Matt and Sandra find themselves in a real "stress test".

Most writing professors will counsel their students to "write what you know". Doctor Mabry, a medical professional himself, has done just that with Stress Test. From the beginning sentence to the last sentence, the action in the book is fast paced and very exciting. There is an aura of mystery that begs to be solved. I found myself rooting for Matt, fearing for Matt, sympathizing with Matt.

Sandra is a strong character who reflects the strength of a genuine Christian. I love that her morals and her job work together in harmony - most of the time anyway.

I enjoyed reading Stress Test and found that, though I don't normally read mysteries, I was sucked into the plot from the very beginning. I didn't let go until the end. It's a good read.

*I received a copy of Stress Test in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.*

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