Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino
Andrew Gross will not disappoint suspense lovers in his latest novel, 15 Seconds. From the very first page to the very last, Gross throws in twists and turns and I was hooked from the get go. The material, while suspenseful, is not overly action-packed and 15 Seconds is an easy, quick and enjoyable read. I have read Gross’s work before, Eyes Wide Open, and was happy to find that I enjoyed this book as well.
15 Seconds follows a successful and prominent plastic surgeon, Henry Steadman, through an adventure of the worst possible kind in Florida. Steadman, initially pulled over for a traffic violation, is harassed by police then let go. Before he can pull away, a gunman pulls up and kills the remaining officer on scene. This brief moment of violence leaves Henry as the only witness and immediate suspect. Henry’s posh and protected life takes a wicked turn and suddenly he’s not only wanted by the police, but also very aware that someone is trying to kill him in the process. When his daughter becomes involved in his troubles, it’s clear that Henry stands to lose everything in more ways than one.
Andrew Gross keeps the story moving, the characters alive and the suspense rampant. The story, while dramatic, is not overly far-fetched and unbelievable. The suspense works so well because Henry is a seemingly normal guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Henry is relatable, his story exciting and Gross makes the villain both terrible and accessible at the same time. Another great thing about 15 Seconds is that there is actual closure at the end and in spite of all of the suspense throughout, Andrew Gross wraps up the tale very well.
Also by Andrew Gross: Eyes Wide Open
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.