Every Fifteen Minutes

Every Fifteen Minutes

Book - 2015
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"Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Eric a high risk patient. Max can't turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a "person of interest" himself. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric's life? New York Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline's visceral thriller, Every Fifteen Minutes, brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts. "--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250010117
Branch Call Number: FIC Scot
Characteristics: 435 p


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Oct 20, 2017

The book starts with narration from a sociopath. You're left with the question throughout, who is the sociopath?

Don't start this book if you have something you need to be doing. You won't want to put it down. The book is 432 pages, but I enjoyed getting to know the characters and drawing out the suspense.

Mar 17, 2017

Enjoyed this book. The plot was well-managed and the conclusion was a surprise.

eringate Apr 11, 2016

I was promised an action-packed thriller. I only made to about 135 pages and all I got was a sad story about single dad. Disappointing, since I am a fan of this author.

lbarkema Jan 21, 2016

This was definitely an absorbing read. Despite it's length, I raced right through it. There were some elements of disbelief though, primary of which was elements of the main character, Eric. I wanted to strangle him for making some of the decision he continued to make - realistically, if a person was faced with this situation, I don't think he would act like he did. I will say that I was shocked by the "reveal(s)", but didn't completely understand them either - I thought that the reasoning behind who is revealed as the sociopath should have been explained in much more detail instead of just brushed over -- frankly I didn't really believe that it was who it was based on the characters actions throughout the whole book. Regardless, this was a good read and I would be tempted to pick up another novel by Scottoline in the future.

Jan 16, 2016

Only 2 stars.

IMolina3 Sep 28, 2015

Well writen and understandable, since I like to read romance erotic fiction.. very interestin book..

AuntieS12 Aug 31, 2015

I liked the book until the end. It just kept me hanging. I wanted a definite end of the story.

Djeremay Jul 14, 2015

Highly enjoyable read, with several good plot twists, however I have to agree with other commenters that it was overly long.

Jul 13, 2015

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the Psychiatric Unit at a large hospital. He cares deeply about his patients and wants to help them recover. One of his new patients, Max, has OCD symptoms and has to touch his forehead and recite some words every 15 minutes. Max opens up about some worrying thoughts that are controlling him; thoughts where he sees himself strangling a girl he has a crush on. Things get tense when this girl turns up dead. Did Max kill her? Was the doctor responsible for the girl's death because he didn't report his concerns to the police?

Meanwhile, Eric is going through a messy divorce and is missing his little girl, Hannah. Can he save his marriage or, at the very least, work with his wife to share custody?

Eric is a likable main character. Max also tears at your heartstrings. I thought the author did a great job in portraying almost every character in the story as a possible killer! I typically know the outcome of a mystery before I even reach the half-way point. This time, I was surprised! I thought the ending was excellent; albeit a bit farfetched. The book also has a great lesson for those going through a messy divorce with children involved. Great summer read!

Jul 11, 2015

It was okay, but... it took too long to get going, and plodded along too much. I ended up skimming the last several chapters (something I rarely do) just to find out who the sociopath was and what happened to everyone in the end. This book would have been better if it had been 100 pages shorter.

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