Stephanie W. (Hudson, OH)
I forgot to eat
I wasn't sure I liked 15 Seconds at first. It seemed like every other innocent victim story I have read. But the addition of the story of the real killer and his family, as well as the accused man's sense that he was similar to Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, along with the compelling background of the one person who believes him combined to make this an original and engrossing tale. I was about 2/3 through when I picked it up after work at around 5pm, and I couldn't put it down for the next 2 1/2 hours, until I finished. I didn't even remember to eat dinner!
Anne M. (Austin, TX)
15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
Andrew Gross has definitely absorbed the lessons he learned at the knee of James Patterson, with whom he has written several books -- the chapters in 15 Seconds are short, punchy, and full of action.
Henry, a doctor, is wrongly detained, then let go, by a police officer who appears to have the wrong man. As the doctor is getting back in his car after being released, the arresting officer is shot in a drive-by and Henry of course becomes the only suspect -- despite the evidence of surveillance cameras and other modern technology. Henry goes on the run to the home of a nearby friend ... only to find that friend murdered too. OMG, Henry's being FRAMED!
There are two -- if not three -- sub-plots about parent-child relationships in the book, two of which really push the story along. IF, that is, you're willing to suspend disbelief long enough to get through this book. I found Henry's ability to hide from various law enforcement agencies, and to find a stealable car whenever he needed, a bit tough to swallow. There is also a confusing timeline issue can't spoil that eventually gets resolved, but it had me wondering for a good third of the book. This is a good beach read, but don’t bother if you’re looking for a really in-depth, character-driven thriller.
Patricia H. (Norman, OK)
No Man is a Castle dramatized
Can 15 seconds change your life forever? How can an everyday event in one person's life affect the lives of people that the first person has never even met? We all hear about decisions made in a split second can change your life forever. This book dramatically describes just how such decisions can and do affect not only your own life but those who aren't even known to you. Thought-provoking and a very fine read.
Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)
15 seconds --- as fast as I could read!
I started reading as soon as I took it out of the mailbox and was annoyed at having to fix dinner and go to work in the morning. Good books don't have to be deathless prose to be excellent. Judge by genre! If you want sympathetic characters, suspense, surprises, and fast moving adventure, read Gross' new book. Great summer read and I am sorry it is over. I read it overnight and now it's done. How sad!