Advance reader reviews of 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.

15 Seconds

By Andrew Gross

15 Seconds
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' rating:

  • Published in USA  Jul 2012,
    336 pages.

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book


Page 3 of 4
There are currently 25 member reviews
for 15 Seconds
Order Reviews by:
  • Daniel A. (Naugatuck, CT)


    15 Seconds
    I really liked this book; it has short chapters and so the pace is very fast. It's an adrenaline rush. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is a fast read, will keep your interest throughout, while giving you a great story with many twists and turns.
  • William Y. (Lynchburg, VA)


    Review: 15 Seconds, Andrew Gross
    The thriller genre has a long history in popular fiction. The Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls of the 19th century thrived on action, cliffhanger situations, and minimal character development, eventually evolving into pulp novels and countless paperbacks. In that respect Andrew Gross’s 15 Seconds fits the criteria for a thriller. His erstwhile hero, a naïve doctor named Henry Steadman, finds himself in over his head as seemingly incriminating evidence accrues, linking him to murder and more. How can he establish his innocence before the police catch and imprison him?

    Any self-respecting thriller should also be a page-turner, and the first half of the book will keep readers guessing right alongside Steadman. But author Gross, in an unusual turnaround, reveals the mystery—at least to his reading audience—and what remains devolves into a more conventional tale as Steadman also figures out who’s out to get him, and in a series of cat-and-mouse chases it all finally climaxes in a scene out of early movie serials (think The Perils of Pauline) with a deserted shack, whirling saw blades, and the menacing villain face-to-face with the good doctor.

    Unfortunately, Gross has Steadman thinking in exclamatory sentences—“and I didn’t care!” “I’m pretty sure I can prove it!” “the only chance I have!” and so on throughout the novel. Set in Florida and Georgia, the frazzled Steadman races back and forth, racking up hundreds of miles in travel, but at the expense of much plot plausibility and characterization.

    15 Seconds stands as an adequate thriller, but with better writers plowing the same ground and equipped with better plots, the discerning fan of the genre will probably find this effort disappointing.
  • Barbara K. (Brooklyn, NY)


    Too Real
    This well-written,fast paced, compelling story held my interest mainly because it was too real. Our lives and those who matter most to us, can change in an instant by illness, sudden death, becoming an accident or crime victim etc. How one handles what life offers is the challenge and the characters in this book display a sampling of how one can handle life-altering upsets that can happen in 15 seconds.
  • Marion T. (Palatine, IL)


    15 Seconds
    Great summer read! I was hooked from the very beginning, and didn't want to put it down until the end. Though the chapters are short, I had to read on to see what was going to happen next--a real page turner. The timeline was a little confusing when some of the back ground was introduced, but once I realized what was happening there was no stopping. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers!
  • Judy G. (Carmel, IN)


    15 Seconds
    Another reviewer summed this up well as a good beach read. As a lover of really good thrillers I found this book really lacking. It is quick and easy to read with short chapters that lead you on to the next; however, I found the language far to schmaltzy for my taste. The emotions behind the action and the characters felt contrived and I never felt connected to the characters.
  • Joan W. (Orion, MI)


    15 Seconds
    It is true that our lives can change in seconds because of one reason or another and for Henry Steadman, it certainly did. This is a fast paced, lots of action story. You certainly wonder how he is going to get out of the situation and find out the hows and whys of what is happening to his life. It seems impossible for someone you don’t know to run and almost ruin your life, but Andrew Gross showed us it can happen. I have read each one of Andrew Gross’s books and loved every one of them and this is no exception.
  • Jenna B. (Fairfield, CA)


    Best book I've read in a long time
    This was the first time that I have read a book by Andrew Gross that was not co-authored with James Patterson and let me tell you I was hooked from page 1. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you want to just keep reading. It's a very fast paced, thrilling read. Would be the perfect beach read for summer. I plan on recommending this book to everyone I know. I am now a fan of Mr. Gross and I plan to read all his other solo works.
Member Benefits

Join Now!

Check the advantages!
Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

    •  
    • FREE
    • MEMBER
    • Range of media reviews for each book
    • Excerpts of all featured books
    • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
    • Browse by genre
    • Book club discussions
    • Book club advice and reading guides
    • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
    •  
    • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
    •  
    • Free books to read and review (US Only)
    •  
    • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
    •  
    • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
    •  
    • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
    •  
Sign up, win books!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: Take This Man
    Take This Man
    by Brando Skyhorse
    "A chorus of six men calling me Son might sound ludicrous to you, but to me it's the sound of ...
  • Book Jacket: The Hundred-Year House
    The Hundred-Year House
    by Rebecca Makkai
    Rebecca Makkai's sophomore novel The Hundred-Year House could just have easily been titled ...
  • Book Jacket
    The Valley of Amazement
    by Amy Tan
    "Mirror, Mirror on the wall
    I am my mother after all!"


    In my pre-retirement days as a professor ...

First Impressions

Members read and review books ahead
of publication. See what they think
in First Impressions!

Books that
expand your
horizons.

Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

Find out more.

Book Discussions
Book Jacket

The Arsonist
by Sue Miller

Published Jun. 2014

Join the discussion!

  1.  133Tomlinson Hill:
    Chris Tomlinson

All Discussions

Win this book!
Win The Angel of Losses

The Angel of Losses

"Family saga, mystery, and myth intersect in Feldman's debut novel." - Booklist

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

E C H A Silver L

and be entered to win..

Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.