Michael Cavacini

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Book Review: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

 Earlier this week I finished Lisa Scottoline’s latest family-thriller Every Fifteen Minutes and then a day or two later I attended the book signing for her newest summer anthology of humorous essays, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?which she co-authored with her daughter Francesa.

 If you haven’t attended one of Lisa’s book signings, you must. They are the best. She keeps the crowd engaged with her fantastic self-deprecating humor and greets everyone with a warm embrace. It’s like spending time with an old friend, or a relative you actually like.

But let’s get back to Every Fifteen Minutes. This novel is one of the best I’ve read by Lisa. It features great character development, an intriguing theme and an escalating plot. The dialogue is believable and the twists are compelling. It was a joy to read and I highly recommend it.

I don’t want to say much more than that because I hate reviews that reveal details I’d rather read on my own. Check out the synopsis below for more details and pick up s copy of Every Fifteen Minutes. It’s Lisa Scottoline at her best, and one of the most enjoyable thrillers of the year.

Book Synopsis

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 Max 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.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

  1. Thanks for the insider perspective Michael. I am about to board a plane and will download it now to get started on it! Limping through The Stranger for some reason.

    • No problem, Amy. That’s interesting to hear about The Stranger. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Sometimes, for whatever reason, certain books by authors we love just don’t grab us like other ones do. Let me know what you think of Lisa’s new book.

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