Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
When he confesses that Adam isn’t his real name and that he fled the witness protection program, Carrie is left with an impossible choice: should she abandon the fiancé she isn’t sure she really knows, or accept his claim of innocence and help him fight back against this faceless menace?
While Carrie struggles to decide whether to follow her heart or her head, the threats against them continue to escalate. Her life—as well as Adam’s—depends on making the right choice . . . and the clock is ticking.
My take: Full of twists and turns that kept me guessing, Heart Failure is an entertaining suspense novel. It's also a medical novel, a fact that I thought might grow tiresome. Instead, I loved reading about Carrie's medical practice and patients, and I especially enjoyed reading about the diagnosis of different health problems.
While the novel is quite entertaining, I found the suspense aspect to be a bit lacking. I never doubted that Carrie and Adam would make it through the novel largely unscathed, and even when they were in danger, I found the novel more intriguing than suspenseful. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, but I didn't feel it lived up to Mabry's last thrill ride of a novel, Stress Test.
My rating: 3-1/2 stars
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