Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Dr. Matt Newman seems to have it all with a promising career change on the horizon, a relationship that seems to be really going somewhere and a life that many would be envious of. But one night, everything changes when he becomes the victim of an assault with the intent to leave him dead. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a mess that continues to put him at the center of suspicion as things continue to spiral out of control. Armed only with the truth and a feisty lawyer that has her own issues with doctors and relationships, Matt attempts to put everything back into place and regain control of his life.

From the very beginning, I felt like everything was happening so fast. I knew what was going on, but it was tough to try and understand why. Throughout the book, little pieces begin to come together that left me intrigued and a little caught off guard by the end of the book. This is in no way a bad thing. Instead, it was nice to constantly be working to understand where the story was heading and watch as Matt makes some real changes in his life.

I was concerned about the author being a doctor. To be honest, I was waiting for lots of medical jargon that was going to go way over my head. Instead of bringing out a lot of explanations of medical conditions, the author brings a unique perspective to what it is like to be a doctor, working day in and day out to help save lives. He touches on some of the different types of employment and how they impact a person, as well as his or her loved ones.

The message was clear: No matter what happens, God is in control, even when we can’t see behind the scenes. To me, this is the type of novel that would appeal to just about anyone. While it is important to pay attention to keep up with the story, it is not a difficult read. Both men and women will find the plot, as well as the twists and turns interesting.

Thomas Nelson publishing provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.