I just love Lisa Scottoline and my favorite format for her books is the audio version! There’s just something about adding the reading that gives it that extra suspense, almost like watching a movie. I spend a lot of time in my Van carpooling kids here and there and it’s hard for me to turn off the book when it’s just a short trip. Many times I’ve sat in my van listening to “just one more” chapter!
Every Fifteen Minutes is a story with quite an interesting cast of characters. Dr. Eric Parrish is a Psychologist at a hospital and also owns his own private practice. For a person who spends his life helping people, he sure does have a string of horrifically bad luck.
His wife leaves him, he finds himself connected to a murder and his confidentiality to his client puts him in quite the predicament. Even though he is able to help the police more than he does; his loyalty is to his client. This brings up the issues of morality and grey areas when it comes to protecting a client as he’s bound by law to do, and potentially helping to solve an innocent girls murder.
I struggled along with Eric as he battled these challenges but always stood by and did what he considered to be the right thing to do. It was as frustrating to me as watching a sitcom where everything just goes wrong and the hits keep on coming turn after turn.
I was so intrigued to find out if his client Max really was guilty of the accused crime and Eric was unwittingly protecting a murderer or if Eric’s hunch was right and Max was innocent, no matter how disturbed he may be.
Scottoline always has an incredible way of making you connect with her characters, even the disturbed and seemingly unlikeable like Max. I found myself torn between wanting him to be discovered and hoping it wasn’t him.
Eric is an admirable character who has strong moral convictions that he places high value in, even to the detriment of his own personal life and career. A man involved in a murder case does not stand a strong case in his child custody battle but that doesn’t stop him from doing the right thing by his client. This frustrated me at times although I also respected him for it.
Did Max really commit this awful crime or is it a situation of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? I couldn’t wait to find out and was as always, held captive by Scottoline until the last minute! Every Fifteen Minutes is a really page turner whether you’re reading it or enjoying the audio version like I did!
About the Book
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 homelife, 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 he 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 make him a high-risk patient. Max can’t turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every 15 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? Lisa Scottoline’s visceral thriller brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.
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