Skip to main content

Book Review: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline



Dr. Eric Parrish, chief of a hospital psychiatric unit, is having a tough time coming to terms with his separation from his wife and the limited time he has with his daughter. But work is going well; his unit has been recognized as number two in the country and everyone is celebrating his leadership and success. Then he takes on a new patient named Max. A boy who has OCD and is obsessed with a girl. A girl who ends up dead.

Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline is a thriller that keeps the reader guessing straight through to the end. Eric is determined to help Max, but is that the right course of action? There’s always a question in the back of your mind as to whether Max did it or not. And when Eric, by helping Max, implicates himself, things get even more complicated. There are lots of twists and turns in this one. What makes it more interesting is that we hear from a sociopath who seems to be behind everything, but their true identity isn't revealed until the end.

In addition to this mystery, the novel also delves into Eric’s relationship with his daughter and his estranged wife, who has taken actions that are leading Eric to push for changes to their custody agreement. This provides a nice parallel storyline and a different type of mystery about how Eric will keep his close relationship with his daughter in light of this new attitude from his wife.

Overall, Every Fifteen Minutes is a complex yet not too complicated thriller with a main character that I rooted for, even though I cringed at some of his decisions. It kept me interested and guessing through to the end.

My Rating: 3.5/5

This review was written based on a copy of Every Fifteen Minutes that I borrowed from the library.

Comments

  1. I like guessing to the end, but a 3/5 out of 5 makes me not want to read it.

    I usually like her books.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was good. It just wasn't great. I would still recommend it, especially if you usually like her books.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…