Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Critical Decision by Richard L. Mabry, MD

Posted March 17, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, Richard Mabry / 30 Comments

GENRE: Inspirational Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2020
PAGES: 171


The box contained a cell phone, which rang as soon as she opened the package. A voice that called Dr. Kathy Hoover by name said that her husband had been kidnapped. To get him back she would have to poison one of her patients.

At first, she didn’t believe that her husband had been taken from the conference he was attending, but soon she discovered that the kidnappers really had Darren. If she wanted to see him again, she had to give medication that would murder Kelton Rush, former Vice-President. What was she to do? How would she handle this critical decision?


Kathy Hoover is immediately relatable in Critical Decision, the opening scenes a glimpse of her going through her typical day … until a mysterious cell phone shows up on her doorstep and sends ‘typical’ into a vortex of kidnapping, attempted murder, and a fight for her life, her husband’s, and that of a former Vice President of the United States.

Intrigued yet? So was I! So much so that I read this short novel in one sitting, flipping the pages in my Kindle as fast as I could. The plot is complex and layered, with a handful of likely suspects and a few other characters you want to trust but aren’t sure you can. I was suspicious of everyone at one point – even completely innocuous characters who didn’t have anything to do with anything except scene setting haha!

I also really liked Kathy’s husband Darren. He may ‘just’ be a professor but he surprised me with his will to survive and figure out a plan to escape. He is definitely not a passive character, though for some reason I was expecting him to be. The dynamic between Darren and Kathy is realistic for a married couple – both when they are getting along and when they aren’t lol – and provided more dimension to their situation as well.

Bottom Line: Critical Decision is another stellar offering from Richard Mabry – combining medical drama with high-stakes suspense & a bit of intrigue thrown in for good measure. All of the above is set against a backdrop of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (and can’t we all relate to that right now?) with a gentle thread of faith that uplifts, convicts, and inspires. A great reminder that God is with us, no matter our situation, and that He is always working on our behalf even when we don’t readily see it.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical mystery with heart.” His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the International Thriller Writers, and Novelists Inc.

He and his wife live in north Texas, where he writes, works on being the world’s greatest grandfather, and strives to improve his golf game. You can learn more about him at his website, and via his blog and Facebook page.

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30 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Critical Decision by Richard L. Mabry, MD

  1. Carrie, thanks so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed the book. And good luck to all those who participate in the give-away. I wish everyone could win.

  2. Diane Buie

    I am interested in Mabry’s, Critical Decision, because of the medical mystery that is usually in his stories. I have been a fan of Dr. Mabry’s for a few years and love his blog posts on FB as well. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway!

  3. Diana Hardt

    I liked the synopsis. The book sounds really interesting, very intriguing. I’m not sure what I would do in such a situation.


    Well, see how the title comes into play! Dr. Kathy has such a “critical decision” to make that none of us hopes we’ll have to make. Don’t want to kill someone, but then again, I’d want my husband back! Will be interesting to see what another option they’ll be!

  5. Anne L. Rightler

    Being a retired RN and an avid reader, medical suspense is right up my alley! I can’t wait to read this newest from Dr Mabry.

  6. Debra Branigan

    The cover is atmospheric and attracts readers to the book. I think the premise of the book is very suspenseful and would make a good read which is why I am interested. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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