What I’m Reading: Every 15 Minutes

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I just finished listening to the audio book Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline.


I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them so when I saw this audio book I quickly put it on my waiting list only to find the beginning VERY slow.  The book is 448 pages and 48 of the pages could easily have been cut from the beginning.  I almost quit listening but then I kept waiting for something to happen and once it started the book went fast.  The ending came a little fast and the twist at the end was not my favorite.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.1 stars.  I’d go with 3.8.  That’s lower than I typically give books but the slow beginning lead me to rating….The author has written better.  I more readily suggest Keep Quiet or Don’t Go
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What I’m Reading: A Life Intercepted

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I just finished listening to the audio book A Life Intercepted: A Novel by Charles Martin.  I’ve long been a Charles Martin fan so when I saw the book, I immediately put a hold on it.

If you like Nicholas Sparks, you’d likely enjoy a book by Charles Martin as well.  Both have similar writing styles…I think I like Martin a better though.

Anyway, this book has lots of football references in it but if you aren’t a football fan, it’s not a big deal, the story is still good and still moving.  I found myself making excuses and squeezing time in so that I could listen more.  That’s when I know I have a book that I am really enjoying.  This one was it.  After the story is over there is a personal afterward from the author and I very much enjoyed reading that and getting a glimpse of the author’s personal life and what happened in his own life that inspired him to read the book.

Here is what Amazon had to say about it, “Twelve years ago Matthew “the Rocket” Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost–his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.

 Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal–to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and–if discovered–reincarceration for life, he’ll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey’s love.”

Amazon readers say 4.7 stars.  I think I’d agree.  I honestly recommend all of his books…I love the prospect of second chances and Martin’s books typically address them.

At the writing of this review I found that he has a new book out.  I quickly found myself at Audible and have started it as well.   Watch for the review to be coming soon because once again, I am finding myself sneaking time to listen.  Are there any other Charles Martin fans out there??

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