15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
New York: William Morrow
336 print pages
Welcome to M. Denise C., one of many stops on the 15 Seconds blog tour. 15 Seconds is the latest suspense novel by Andrew Gross. This book was just released a week ago on July 10, 2012.
–author Andrew Gross
After reading the first few pages of this book, I have to say I did not like the character portrayed of Amanda, a drugged-out driver who can only gripe about anything and everything in her life. I put the book down for a number of days after reading those few pages and was not looking forward to reading more about this character. However, when I picked the book up again, I finished the novel in a day and a half. I became sympathetic to another character’s story, a guy named Henry who was stopped by the police for a bogus reason, and whose life then unraveled in a horrible way. As the title suggests, any one of our lives can change drastically in just a matter of seconds, because of our own choices or due to mysterious or unknown reasons.
Henry Steadman was on his way to a medical conference where he was to be the keynote speaker when the police in Jacksonville, Florida, pulled him over. Within a short time of his being stopped, a policeman was dead, as was one of his college buddies. I was intrigued to find out how this character’s story would intersect with that of the pathetic Amanda from the beginning of the book. Sometimes I catch on to what’s going on in a plot way sooner than I did in this novel. I kept wondering what the connection was between the two totally opposite characters and/or the people they knew. Really, the plot got more intriguing as I got more emotionally involved with Henry and his situation. The two stories finally do intersect, but the resolution was not immediate, which I appreciated. By the way, I was more sympathetic to Amanda by the end of the novel.
What are some of the relevant topics this book addresses? Well, there’s drug use and addiction to prescription medication, there’s what happens to someone when they just keep getting beaten down by society through loss of a job, benefits, and home, there’s loss of a spouse due to death and/or divorce, there’s the emotional upheaval when a child is in trouble or injured, there’s police corruption, and there’s even ease of getting firearms in today’s society. Throw in relationships between parents and children of divorce and you have some good stories. Trusting others and believing that you can overcome anything with a little help from someone who believes in you when no one else does also are relevant to this thriller.
The book is very current–so current that there was even mention of Mubarak and Egypt and the war in Afghanistan. However, I did take issue with one of the character’s constant use of an iPad (basically a cell phone) when trying to evade police, which was not very believeable in our technologically advanced world. Some other plot elements were a little farfetched at times, but I think the book as a whole was believable and it definitely held my attention.
I like to read mysteries and had not read any of the author’s previous works, and I enjoyed being introduced to Mr. Gross’ writing via the book tour. I recommend reading this latest novel by Mr. Gross, a great book for a long plane ride or for a summer beach read. This book makes you want to always keep your affairs in good order!
Thank you to Trish from TLC Books for inviting me to participate in the 15 Seconds blog tour. And many thanks to Mr. Gross for an exciting and relevant thriller. I am sure I will pick up some of his earlier books now that I have read this one. For participating I received a hardback copy of 15 Seconds.
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