Carol Award: Suspense/Thriller: Finalist: Medical Error
Title: Medical Error
Author: Richard L. Mabry
Publisher: Abingdon Press (Barbara Scott, Editor)
Reviewed by: Darlo Gemeinhardt
Drug Warning! Be sure you have taken all your medications before you read Richard L. Mabry’s latest medical suspense, especially your blood pressure medicine, you’ll need it.
Gripping descriptions transport you into the medical world, making you feel as if you are in the operating room.
Mabry captures my attention from the first line, “Eric Hatley’s last day alive began routinely enough” to the heart-stopping conclusion and the crisis plaguing Dr. Anna McIntyre’s life: the death of a patient, an identity theft, and a positive HIV test with her name on it. Things couldn’t get any worse, or could they?
Mabry is not only a skilled surgeon but also a skilled writer. He carefully builds the plot one layer at a time, weaving in Christian themes so unobtrusively that you hardly notice they’re there. This would be a good book to give to your non-Christian friends.
Gripping descriptions transport you into the medical world, making you feel as if you are in the operating room. It’s obvious the writer knows what he’s writing about, yet the language never gets so technical that you feel lost or patronized.
There are a few clichés, but hey, I like them. What’s important is the relevance of the theme for today’s reader—identity theft. By following the daily routine of the character Dr. Anna McIntyre, we see how easily our own identity could be stolen. We get a glimpse of our own carelessness with our wallets, checkbooks, and even our mail. We see the need to be careful to protect our own identity. I recommend you secure a copy today. It won’t be an error on your part.
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