by Andrew Gross
I have read and loved several books by Andrew Gross, dating all the way back to his James Patterson collaborations, and can so far I’ve enjoyed them all!
15 Seconds is based on the age old premiss of how quickly your life can change; and often for the worse.
It is a fast paced story with Dr Henry Steadman as the poor sod stuck in the middle of it! I thought his character was great, I alway fall for the ‘just too good to be true, handsome, charming and rich’ types in books and Dr Steadman was no exception.
Excellent characterisation is really what makes books work for me and this book has it in spades. You can’t help feeling for Carrie, her first day back to work after a personal tragedy and she ends up with a difficult decision – does she go out on a limb to help someone she’s never met or does she take the easy route and go along with her colleagues. Fortunately for Dr Steadman she is a ballsy girl! As for Hofer, urgh he made my skin crawl!
The lovely Andrew Gross is on twitter and as I said to him the other day, “I am loving this book but hating it at the same time”, I hope he understood what I meant… I loved it because it was fast and exciting with believable characters but I hated it because it had that ‘watching a car crash’ thing about it, where you know the situation is going to get a whole heap worse but there is nothing you can do to stop it!
I loved it.