Every Fifteen Minutes

May 18, 2015 book review, Lisa Scottoline, macmillan audio, mystery, sociopath, St.Martins Press 4

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  • Written by:  Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by:  George Newbern
  • Published by:  St. Martin’s Press/ Macmillan Audio, April 14, 2015
  • Length: 13 hours 38 minutes
  • Source:  Macmillan Audio

Summary:  Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, 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 Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the 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”. 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.

My Thoughts:  As an avid fan of Lisa Scottoline I had planned to read this new book, but loved the offer to listen to the audio.  Audiobooks are a pleasure for me as I feel like I can experience a book differently, the narrators inflection and tone set apart the characters, and he or she is familiar with the story, and takes me on a journey.  This book was such a pleasure!

There is something creepy and intriguing about the life of a psychiatrist, we all know he or she sees all kinds of patient. As a voyeur into his life we are hoping to see something uniquely bizarre.  Dr. Eric Parrish is the head of his department, overseeing a range of in patient clients and he has a private practice too.  His personal life is a mess, recently divorced, his wife and he battling a bit for their daughter.  Eric is happy to help Max, who appears to have OCD issues and who is about to lose his grandmother.  Eric seems to dive into finding out about the girl Eric likes, and he incriminates himself by following her.  When she is murdered he becomes a suspect and his patient is in more trouble too.  Eric is fighting to prove Max’s innocence but he has no idea of the bigger more ominous plans that are working just behind his periphery.

Lisa Scottoline has a dark and scary side working in this book, one I didn’t see coming, I kept looking for answers in all kinds of places.  I love when I don’t see it coming!

I highly recommend Every Fifteen Minutes, it’s fast paced and thrilling.  I read and listened to the book, but well done and kept me guessing.  It has also just been announced that the movie rights have been sold for this book, and as a fan I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will move forward quickly!


4 Responses to “Every Fifteen Minutes”

  1. litandlife

    Yep, this one is one I’m going to pick up – I love that it will keep my attention from wandering which so often happens when I listen to books.

  2. Heather

    I’ve been meaning to read a book by this author for some time now, and this might be a great place for me to start!

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