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Every Fifteen Minutes

Every Fifteen Minutes

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено George Newbern


Every Fifteen Minutes

Написано Lisa Scottoline

Озвучено George Newbern

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4/5 (16 оценки)
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13 hours
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Издано:
Apr 14, 2015
ISBN:
9781427252425
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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.

A Macmillan Audio production.

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Apr 14, 2015
ISBN:
9781427252425
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Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty-two novels. She also co-authors a bestselling non-fiction humor series with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are more than thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print in more than thirty-five countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.


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  • (4/5)
    Eric Parish is a young psychiatrist who is chief of psychiatry at a large hospital. He is recently separated from his wife, and they are having custody issues around their seven year old daughter, Hannah. His department was recently rated second in the United States, but suddenly things begin to happen. He takes on a new private patient named Max with OCD and anxiety issues, who he begins to have fatherly feelings about. His wife is seeing another man and making decisions about Hannah without his input. Then, an attractive, young resident on rotation accuses him of sexual harassment and he is put on indefinite leave from his position. His young patient calls him at night to tell him that his Grandmother died and while trying to find him, he follows home the young girl (Renee) that Max is interested in. When she ends up dead the next morning, Eric becomes a suspect.The book is full of twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out, something happens to change the whole picture. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense. I enjoyed it immensely and could barely put it down! A great read.
  • (4/5)
    This book will haunt me, because of the chapters told from the point of view of a sociopath. Scottoline's story builds suspense thick and believable from the first page to the last. An excellent book for book clubs, because of the thought-provoking situations and characters. This story raises questions about the influence of drug companies on health care, the growing percentage of sociopaths in society, and the lack of options available for people with mental health problems.
  • (5/5)
    Wow!! Another great read by Lisa Scottoline!! It has some fabulous twists that totally blew me away! Love her writing because everything you think you know what's going on but you don't! Definitely five stars! I loved every second of this book - the vivid detail made me feel like I was right there experiencing everything right along with the characters, Thank you Lisa - you done it again!!
  • (4/5)
    Lisa Scottoline's books have become a bit of a hit or miss with me. I absolutely loved Keep Quiet, didn't care for Most Wanted and this one is somewhere in between. It took me a while to get into it, I did abandon it for a short while, more my fault I think than the book though, then the latter part went much better for me and I devoured the latter half in a day. Eric is a psychiatrist at a prestigious hospital, his department has been ranked number two in the country and he has private patients as well. On a personal level he has conflicts with his ex wife who has moved in his replacement, and it's become a battle for him to spend time with his daughter. Things exploded after an issue at the hospital causes him to be suspended and after this, his life just spirals with hit after hit until his life is in a shambles and it seems there is no way out. I do understand Eric being desperate but some of the choices he made were not too bright. There were some surprises and twists which I loved, I had no clue who was responsible, and generally I am pretty good at fingering the bad guy. The subject of sociopaths fascinates me; how we can have no idea (or maybe we do) that someone among us is a sociopath; they aren't all killers. This was still a pretty good read. I would place it 3 1/2 and I definitely will continue to read this author's books as she has some absolute gems out there.
  • (4/5)
    Great audio on this book. The narrator has great inflection and is easy to listen to. The story kept me very interested right up until the end. I did feel the end was a little to neatly wrapped up though.
  • (4/5)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller. A sociopath has a psychiatrist in their crosshairs, and the genuinely kind Dr. Has no idea until his life is thrown into turmoil. It'a fast-paced novel that was difficult to put down.
  • (4/5)
    Definitely a 4 1/2. Excellent read that kept me guessing.
  • (2/5)
    I was pretty excited to read this book but quickly started to regret my choice. It took several hours for me to feel somewhat involved in the story. It felt like very little happened to keep me engaged. The main POV is that of Dr. Eric Parrish, the chief of the psychiatry unit at a major hospital. To say that Eric is incredibly ethical is probably an understatement. But he's also incredibly boring and makes so many bad choices that, honestly, by the end of the book I was hoping he would be framed for murder and sent to prison or killed. Really. The narrator didn't help matters with the inflections he chose to use during many of the conversations which made the characters sound flippant when they should have sounded serious.

    The concept of the story was interesting but I didn't care for the execution. There were some twists that made me second, and third and fourth, guess myself but by that point, I didn't care who did it or why. And the ultimate why made me roll my eyes and groan.

    I've heard some of her earlier books were good but I don't know that I'd bother with them after Every Fifteen Minutes.
  • (4/5)
    No good deed goes unpunished. Dr Eric Parrish 's life takes a terrible turn when he takes on a new patient. Someone is purposely trying to ruin his marriage, career, and end his life.
  • (3/5)
    Very much a thriller, this novel shows Dr. Eric Parrish's life falling apart in nearly every way imaginable. He is going through a divorce, a medical student files sexual harassment claims against him, and he takes on a new patient who soon implicates Eric in a murder investigation before a high-profile suicidal standoff at the local mall. And just maybe, there is a diabolical sociopath behind all of this, plotting Eric's downfall, and waiting in the most unexpected of places. Listened to this one as an audiobook and it was a good listen, especially with the fast pace and engaging plot.
  • (2/5)
    Dr. Eric Parrish is a busy psychiatrist juggling his work as Chief at a hospital unit, as well as his own private practice. He is also reeling from his recent separation from his wife and the subsequent time he must spend away from his daughter, Hannah, who is only seven-years-old. One day, Eric is called to treat an elderly woman who is dying from cancer, but it quickly becomes clear the real patient is her grandson Max, who, at 17, is having difficulty dealing with his grandmother's impending death. Eric quickly discovers that Max is depressed, struggling with OCD, and having violent thoughts about a girl he knows from his job. However, as Eric treats Max, he suddenly finds his own life breaking apart around him. There is a murder, a violent incident, problems with his wife and daughter, issues at work, and much more.

    I never really got "into" this book. To me, Eric is not a likeable character. Throughout the course of the novel he seems to make a remarkable number of questionable decisions, even if his life is somewhat spiraling out of control. For instance, as he goes through the divorce with Caitlin, Eric is constantly lamenting about Hannah and the effects of the divorce on her. So much so that he comes by the house unasked, calls his wife and daughter at all hours, completely ignores the advice of his lawyer, etc. He seems to lack knowledge of any basic divorce or legal protocol - not to mention common sense.

    The lack of common sense prevails throughout the book. So much of the plot is supposedly driven by what Eric knows about Max, this teenage kid he meets at the hospital, but really they have two sessions together before things go awry. It seems insane that he would have learned so much about his patient in this time. So much of the plot just seemed implausible and annoying. We hear constant talk about Eric's past anxiety and how he overcame it. OK - so what?

    Overall, I just found myself irritated by Eric and annoyed by his decisions. Parts of the book seem completely improbable and the plot is so thinly constructed that once you figure out how everything comes together, it seems barely possible. Then Scottoline throws in another twist that seems completely unnecessary. Overall, rather disappointing read.
  • (3/5)
    The chapters vacillate between the psychiatrist, Eric Parrish, who runs an inpatient ward and a private practice, and the thoughts of the sociopath. Eric takes on a teen as a private patient after a hospital consult, but when the object of the teen's obsession turns up dead, and he can't find the teen, now what? He involves himself in the "who done it", making it a page turner, but alas, tying up the ends was not very believable.
  • (3/5)
    Dr. Eric Parrish is a psychiatrist. Recently divorced, he is having issues with his ex-wife and visitation with his child. Then, problems start at work as well - he is accused of sexual harassment and one of his private patients is implicated as a murder suspect. How is everything changing for him at once?
  • (5/5)
    Very easy to read---moves right along with a mystery or two or three mixed in. No....could not figure it out until just what I thought the end...and then, there was more!
  • (5/5)
    This is a very well-written Psychological Thriller. Its main character is Dr. Eric Parrish, a psychiatrist. Dr. Parrish epitomizes the qualities of a doctor and is also a wonderful human being. Yet, just as he is trying to be a great parent to his daughter, and a conscientious head of a hospital's psychiatric unit, everything seems to be going wrong.Scottoline takes it upon herself to educate us on the workings of a sociopath's mind and succeeds.Interspersed in the plot are murders which the police are trying to solve and as is always the case there are red herrings galore. Scottoline managed to surprise me with her ending and I am sure she will surprise you too. Do read it!
  • (4/5)
    All the things I love in a thriller. A main character that I really like, lots of suspects, non-stop action, and a twist I didn't see coming. This was a real fun one to read.
  • (4/5)
    A wonderfully well written suspense with numerous twists and turns. Not to be missed by suspense thriller fans.
  • (2/5)
    The bad guys are so very bad and the good guys so very good. And the plot so predictable. I'm so glad that this is a library book. It can go back guilt free.
  • (2/5)
    I had high expectations for this book as it was well publicized, and I just love thrillers about psychologists/psychiatrists and the whole therapy or hospital setting, but "Every 15 Minutes" was truly disappointing.
    For starters, it was simply too long (e.g. exhaustive discussion about medication) and repetitive (surely, everybody understands the confidentiality issue within the psychiatry setting after a couple of mentions). The audio book was over 13 hrs. and could have easily been cut down to about 9 hrs. without losing any of the plot. It doesn't happen very often, but I just kept checking how much more I had to listen to. This is in no way a criticism of the narrator by the way. Narration by George Newbern was absolutely fine, but the story just dragged on and on.
    Then, there's the main character. Without doubt, he was the most naive psychiatrist ever! It was exasperating how he sticks to his guns when it comes to confidentiality, but oversteps other ethical boundaries all the time. It wasn't believable.
    Next, the ex-wife was an absolute b..ch all the way through, and then at the end, there's this total u-turn. She became this kind and understanding ex-wife and mother. How did that happen?
    Finally, there were two revelations regarding the so-called sociopath: the first made little sense to me and seemed totally implausible, the second was a good little surprise which redeemed the story a tiny bit, but by then I had listened for 13 hrs and was almost beyond care. Too little too late. I will try another book by Lisa Scottoline because she has some very good reviews for her other publications, but this one just didn't do it for me.
  • (3/5)
    To clarify, I give this book 3.5 stars, as it was a gripping, fast paced psychological thriller. My hesitation in rating it higher lies in this novel's extended exposition. Compared to the last 200 pages of the book, which I absolutely tore through, the first 100 pages seem a bit tedious and monotonous.The protagonist of this novel, Dr. Eric Parish, is the Chief of a renowned psychiatric unit. Unlike many mental health professionals I have dealt with in my life, this character shows depth of emotion and real empathy for his patients. Unfortunately for our hero, in tandem with his crumbling family life, he becomes the target of a ruthless sociopath, hell bent on both destroying his career and, ultimately, his life.The narrative structure of Every Fifteen minutes oscillates between the POV of Dr. Parish and that of his sociopath nemesis. Impeccably researched, this narrative device gives the reader the opportunity to delve into the mind of sociopath and explore the details of such a psychopathy. Though the author is certainly not sympathetic toward the sociopath character, the ruthlessness, cunning and wit of the character is almost admirable.With red herrings abound, Scottoline's novel will keep you guessing as you rush to the very last page! On top of being a great psychological thriller, the amount of research Scottoline on mental health issues and the nature of psychiatric care shines through in an impressive manner. I recommend reading this novel if you are looking for insight into psychiatric disorders and the inner workings of the mental health care system. And, naturally, read it for the plain old entertainment factor. Scottoline's Every Fifteen Minutes will not disappoint!
  • (4/5)
    I couldn't put it down. Easy reading, clever plotting, likable and unlikeable characters - There was a bit of gruesome, bloody details but not excessive. After heavy exposure to the sociopathic mind there is an amazing chapter near the end by the psychiatric protagonist that is a balm. There are lots of legal battling involving crimes and divorce and large corporate practices but they do add flavor to the tensions.
  • (5/5)
    Dr. Eric Parris finds himself in the midst of a divorce while coping with the efforts of a sociopath at work who is intent on destroying him. There are lots of twists and turns right up to the end of this thriller, making it a legal and psychiatric thriller. Good read.
  • (4/5)
    Without power for 2 days so I devoured this. Good read, typical Scottoline, a lot of twists and turns. Just when I figured it out, there was another turn.
  • (5/5)
    Psychiatrist Dr. Eric Parrish has had it all – successful career, loving family, the respect of his colleagues. Now, separated from his wife, he still has the love of his daughter and the respect his career affords him. But his life slowly spirals downward as he is deliberately targeted for destruction by an unknown antagonist. One by one, all the things he loves and cherishes are lost to him: his family, his home, his career, his position at his hospital. Adding to his distress, in helping a patient, he himself becomes a person of interest to the police in a murder investigation. No one believes him or believes in him anymore. It is up to Eric to unmask the guilty and clear his name. Lisa Scottoline writes a thrilling account of a wonderful life turned upside-down by a sociopathic killer. You may think you have figured out who has singled out Eric, but the author really keeps her readers guessing until the very end. An intriguing plot peopled with interesting characters, written by a master at story-telling, this thriller will hold your interest from beginning to end.
  • (4/5)
    Unbeknownst to him, Eric Parish, chief of psychiatry at a top-rated hospital, has been targeted by a sociopath. When his life is suddenly filled with more mayhem than might seem possible, the good doctor finds that he's been thrown into the middle of false accusations, suspicions of wrong-doing, and murder. Why has he been targeted? And just who is the mastermind of the scheme that is planned to end with Eric’s life in shambles? With a messy divorce/custody battle distracting Eric, will he be able to find the truth before he loses everything? The narrative of Eric’s story is punctuated with comments from the sociopath who has targeted him, a device that ramps up the tension in this pulse-pounding, riveting page-turner. The unexpected twists will keep many readers from guessing the identity of the culprit right up to the surprising reveal. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Max Jakubowski is a seventeen-year-old suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. His life is controlled by his overwhelming need to tap his head and recite the names of colors every fifteen minutes on the dot. He doesn’t know why he does it and he can’t stop. Dr. Eric Parrish, the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital, is convinced that he can help ease Max’s compulsions and anxiety. But when Max confesses that he has visions of hurting a local girl, Dr. Parrish must decide whether or not he is obligated to warn the girl’s family. He doesn’t believe that Max will act on his impulses and he doesn’t want to shatter the rapport they’ve been building.
    Dr. Parrish chooses to trust Max and when the girl is murdered, he is horrified. Did he misjudge the depth of Max’s pathology?

    The rumor of a presumed misdiagnosis spreads throughout the town and Dr. Parrish’s reputation, and that of his hospital, are tarnished. He is prevented from visiting his patients, his ex-wife files for full custody of their daughter and his own anxiety is in full force. Dr. Parrish is convinced that his original diagnosis of Max is correct. It doesn’t take long to figure out that there’s an outside force at work. Someone is pulling strings, intent on destroying Eric's personal and professional life.

    I thought Eric, who was portrayed as a brilliant psychiatrist, came off as a naive idiot in much of this book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and felt there were plenty of twists and turns that led to a page turning ending. If you like the Rosato and Associates series, you will surely enjoy this one.
  • (4/5)
    Lisa Scottoline delivers EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, a different twist than her usual legal thrillers, with a psychological suspense of greed and corruption, leaving you guessing the identity of a ruthless sociopath.Dr. Eric Parrish has a successful career as chief of a well-known psychiatric hospital Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. He is controlled, professional and currently balancing his work and personal life. Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses, and well respected.Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin and currently in a custody battle over his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. However, he soon learns his wife is dating again, and he is not so keen with her choice. He is losing control, as his former wife is selling their home, and he is not getting to spend as much time with his daughter as he would like, plus her boyfriend is always in the way. As the book opens, Eric is consulting on a case with a troubled teen, seventeen-year-old Max Jakubowski through his practice. The teen is OCD and lives for his obsessive daily rituals. His estranged mom is an alcoholic and his dad out of the picture. He currently lives with his grandmother, who is dying. Eric is panic stricken about his grandmother as she is his entire life. In addition, Max’s other obsession is his tutor, Renee and constantly worried about her whereabouts and actions. Eric is concerned about Max’s OCD and violent thoughts and knows he will need to keep a close check on the situation. Eric feels almost like a father figure to Max and will protect him. Soon events begin targeting Eric and his life begins to fall apart. Some of his enemies do not like all his attention at work as the US News and World Report is about to announce his unit ranks second in the nation, so he is high profile. Next a med student files a harassment charge, after he rejects her. Shortly thereafter, Max is upset and frantically calls Eric stating his grandmother has died. Eric knows he has to get to him, as quickly as possible; a suicide risk, and has to help him; however, Max takes off before he arrives at his apartment. When he arrives, he finds the drunken mother. Now Eric is at a mall, holding teens as hostage. Eric has to get to Max to help him; however, the cops do not think Eric is being very forthcoming, as he is trying to keep Max’s file private and at the same time, he may lose his daughter and his professional life. Max announces that he's going to kill teens at the mall; one every 15 minutes before he blows up the King of Prussia Mall.Now, if things could not be worse, Renee winds up murdered. Is Max a real killer and if Eric goes to jail trying to protect Max, how will he be able to help him, himself, and his own family? He does not think Max is capable of killing, if not who is the sociopath? Now, he is a person of interest. Worst possibly timing, when he is trying to get custody of his daughter and his wife is an attorney and she is no help. He has to try and do some investigating on his own, as he is desperate.When I began listening to the audiobook, I had to look down several times to make sure I was reading the correct book, as not the typical Lisa Scottoline book; however, she of course can pull off any suspense, whether medical, legal, crime, or psychological. The narrator, George Newbern gave an good performance with a pleasant voice, keeping the suspense high for an intense psychological mystery with twists and turns keeping you guessing. “I'm a sociopath. I look normal, but I'm not. I'm smarter, better, and freer, because I'm not bound by rules, law, emotion or regard for you.” “I’ve read that one out of twenty-four people is a sociopath, and if you ask me, the other twenty-three of you should be worried.”
  • (3/5)
    Every 15 Minutes, author, Lisa Scottoline; narrator, George NewbernThe book was read well by George Newbern in a voice that did not take over the story, but simply led the reader on in a straightforward fashion. Scottoline fans will love the tension that builds and the several premature endings that twist and turn until the final one is revealed. If you love a book that keeps you wondering, this is it, however, by the time the book actually ended, it seemed to me to be anticlimactic. It almost felt as if the author couldn’t decide which ending to use so she incorporated them all. She also couldn’t select one motive to follow, one plot line that was credible, so the book boiled down to a confusion of conspiracy theories. As one problem worked toward a solution, another was introduced to either create further confusion or tension, depending on the reader’s interpretation. Nevertheless, it is a thriller that will keep you engaged, if only to find out which ending is the real ending! The narrative is interspersed with the voice of a sociopath explaining what the term means, explaining that we should be afraid, sociopaths are everywhere and they look for victims, they prey on us, they feel no remorse. The sociopath presents questions and answers, explanations to benefit the reader’s understanding. For sure, the characters will keep the reader guessing to find out when the real sociopath will finally show up. From the get-go, the book seemed a bit contrived with a main character, a Psychiatrist, Dr. Eric Parrish, who, while very honorable and empathetic, seemed way too naïve to be in the position he held as Chief of the Havemeyer General Hospital’s Psychiatry Department (could he be the sociopath?). There was Kristine, the conniving medical student (Was she the sociopath?), Kaitlin, a mean, vengeful almost divorced wife (Was she the sociopath?), a dying patient with a grandson who has OCD, an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which causes the sufferer to repeat specific tasks to create emotional stability, (Was he the sociopath?), Hannah, a daughter who was over anxious (definitely not the sociopath, lol), and a host of other likely suspects. There was a hospital board that cared more for its bottom line than anything else, petty rules and privacy and confidentiality laws that compromise law enforcement investigations and freedom of information, a doctor who might be getting paid under the table, an FDA that was bought and paid for with pressure to approve certain drugs, jealous colleagues, sexual harassment, a hostage situation, a bomb threat, a hospital fire complete with heroes and villains, a legal system which meted out justice unfairly, but legally perhaps, hospital politics which protected itself while sacrificing employees who sacrificed for them, the cruelty of divorce and even its effect on the children involved, the prejudice against the field of Psychiatry and its practitioners, the brutality of police methods when searching a home or blackmailing a suspect into giving a confession or providing information, alcoholism, drug abuse, patient abuse, murder, and more. Actually, every societal problem that could be thought of was, if not developed, than it was touched upon. Truth and honor were major themes and even former President Truman was invoked with his famous quote, "I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell”. I kept waiting for one problem to be solved before another cropped up, but I was not to be appeased as they simply accumulated one on top of another. There were so many convoluted accusations against Eric by his wife, his hospital, his staff, the police, an odd family or two, that I couldn’t imagine how it would ever end, and perhaps that is the most redeeming feature, it did keep me guessing. Since there were so many false endings, every idea I could have imagined was invoked, but I never saw the actual ending coming.Eric was a totally involved father who was being slowly and cruelly cast aside and left out of his daughter’s life, by his soon to be ex wife in her attempt to have more control over her daughter’s upbringing and to begin a new life with another man. She works as a prosecutor, and with her knowledge of the law, she seemed to have gained the very upper hand in the divorce proceedings. Eric’s lawyer did not seem to anticipate issues that she certainly should have in order to protect his interests. It seemed as if Eric was being gamed by his wife and the system in everything he touched. Eric had to deal with the politics of the medical world and the legal world at the same time as personal and professional problems were erupting all around him. The picture that was painted was not a pretty one. There was no end to the underhanded behavior hospital authorities, employees, policemen or wives would engage in to accomplish their goals, whether they were self-serving or altruistic. The world seemed rife with the possibility of corruption at every turn.When Eric became overly involved, emotionally, with a private patient, Max Jakubowski, the story veered off in another direction and becoame intense as he attempted to help the teen. Although he only met the boy a few times, his issues led the narrative in one direction or another and created situations in which Eric made some really foolish, though more often than not, honorable decisions. Eric is a man who seemed to always be concerned about doing right by his staff and his patients, regardless of laws, rules or regulations. Will his righteousness defeat him or propel him into the future as the mystery works to its conclusion? When it comes right down to it, through a circuitous path, the reader will discover that the book is really all about the sociopath, even though it goes off in so many tangential directions. Don’t peek to find out the ending!