|Every Fifteen Minutes - Lisa Scottoline|
I seem to be having a lot of luck lately when it comes to choosing which books to read next from my reading pile. This weeks' is another I'd wholeheartedly recommend.
Psychologist Dr Eric Parrish is unwittingly under threat. Recently separated from his wife, Eric is learning to become a single parent to his seven-year-old daughter, and life is far from straightforward. Now Eric has a new patient who could be a severe danger to others. And he must make a decision that will leave deadly consequences in its wake. The clock is ticking, and someone is hell bent on destroying Eric's practice, his family, his life. But how can you defend yourself against an enemy you don't know? And can you ever win a game you don't even know you are playing?
Eric has his professional life all sorted out. His Psych. Ward have just been awarded second place in the area. His home life might be coming apart at the seams a little, but he has plans to fight his ex-wife for custody of their daughter, which if he's successful, will be the answer to his worries. So, all is good with Eric. Or so it seems.
Whilst most of the book is written from Eric's point of view, there are a few odd chapters which belong to a mystery narrator, introducing themselves as a sociopath. This was a mega mystery for me, and I'd changed my mind several times through the book about who I thought it was likely to be. Even then, events took a couple of unexpected turns and I ended up being shocked by the outcome.
When Eric is introduced to a new patient, Max, whose grandmother is about to die from a terminal illness, Max has OCD and when his grandmother does die, Max disappears. Eric, who has been affected by his appointments with Max, does everything he can to try and track Max down, but soon becomes a suspect when Max is suspected of a murder with suspicious timing.
Honestly, I found this difficult to put down. Which was tricky, as I was reading it whilst battling some rather tricky Xmas knitting. Somehow I managed it, though.