15 Seconds was my first Andrew Gross novel and I’m happy to say, it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed it. It kept me turning the pages and not wanting to put it down.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Henry Steadman is a successful Florida plastic surgeon on his way to deliver a keynote address at a conference when his world falls apart. Stopped by the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed, and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but after it subsides, and Henry is about to move on, the officer is suddenly killed in his car and there is only one suspect: the very person he was about to arrest not ten minutes before. Henry! When a second friend turns up dead, Henry realizes he’s being elaborately framed. But in a chilling twist, the stakes grow even darker, and he is unable to go to the police to clear his name.
15 Seconds is a story of how even the best of lives can be destroyed in just an instant– and of an innocoent man, framed for murder, who has to save the person he loves the most, and who cannot go the police to clear his name.
I found it hard to know where to start with this review. So much seems to be happening in this book.
The mother and tiny baby dying at the hands of a drugged up teenage girl called Amanda is so sad. What makes it even more so is the fact that her husband is away in the army and hadn’t even met his son yet.
Amanda’s father, Vance, blames everyone else for the state of his daughter.
He’s a former policeman who lost his job, his wife and his home. All he had left was his daughter.
In contrast, Henry, a renowed plastic surgeon has a great life. He’s off to play golf with an old friend before speaking at a conference for Doctors Without Borders.
Unlike Vance, his daughter is doing wonderfully and Henry is very proud of her.
Carrie works in the police outreach division and has just returned back to work after her son and husband ended up fighting for their lives on the same day. Her son lived, her husband didn’t.
All these lives crash together to give us a roller coaster ride of police chases, revenge, kidnapping and murder. If I didn’t have family and work to do, I’d have finished it much sooner. I didn’t want to put it down.
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