Thursday, July 19, 2012

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross - Review!

Happy Thursday!

TLC Book Tours and Me and Reading presents:
Blog Tour - 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross!
Welcome to my stop at the blog tour of 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross! This tour is organized by TLC Book Tours and by the author Andrew Gross. My stop includes a review of the book and some information about the book, the author and the tour. Enjoy your stay!

Author: Andrew Gross
Title: 15 Seconds
Release date: 10th of July 2012
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: William Morrow
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 336 pages in Hardcover
Source: Received from the author and TLC Book tours for blog tour

15 seconds can tear your life apart . . .

Henry Steadman didn’t know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

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 just as Henry is released and about to move on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is suddenly killed. As the car speeds away, there is only one suspect left behind–Henry. In that moment, his idyllic life becomes a free fall into hell as he becomes the target of a police manhunt, as well as being pursued by a cunning, unnamed perpetrator bent on some kind of vengeance.

When Henry turns to a close friend for help, and he, too, ends 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, without bringing on dire and deadly consequences.

With breakneck pacing and nonstop action, 15 Seconds shows what can happen when even the best life is turned upside down in an instant. It is also the story of an innocent man, framed for murder, who has to save the person he loves the most, all while being drawn closer and closer to an inevitable face-to-face standoff with a man determined to destroy his life.


15 Seconds by Andrew Gross blew me away! It was such a good, quick paced and thrilling book, so I read it with one day from the very first page until the last one. I have to admit that I have heard a lot of Andrew Gross as an author, but hadn't have a chance to read any of his books yet. What a mistake! I truly enjoy a good mystery and/or thriller in between other books what I am reading and I am sure, that I will pick up another book(s) of Andrew Gross very soon. 15 Seconds was THAT engaging!

15 Seconds starts literally with what can happen to you when you are on a wrong place at a wrong time.
Henry Steadman stops for a red light and and suddenly the police is involved. The whole story gets much more complicated when a mysterious person kills police officer and before a blink of an eye Henry is in the middle of murder case where the main suspect is... him. Let the manhunt begin!

During the reading I understood, that Henry was not in a wrong place at the wrong time, but it was exactly on a right spot and the story get more personal.

There are plenty of twists and turns which I was surprised about, even though it did not take me very long time to start suspecting who is the person behind the murders. It did not ruin the reading experience though, because the writing style and the pace of the book were really enjoyable and thrilling.


I felt sorry for Henry, because there is rarely a person, who has so much bad luck. Nobody believes him about his innocence and he he tries to start finding the murderer by his own. Henry is a nice guy, he is wealthy, has a successful business, he shares his wealth back to the society, but he just simply has no luck until he finds a partner who does believe him.

Police officers are extremely dumb in 15 Seconds and that did make the story little awkward for me. I really had difficulties of believing, that there is really no police officer in the book who seemed to have an IQ above the average. They act before they think and I had some problems with buying that. Maybe I give too much credit for the police, but in 15 Seconds they were simply a bunch of dumb non-brainers.

Vance was an interesting character for me. Calculating, bitter, smart and had an fascinating understanding of justice and what's more important how to exercise the justice.


I would definitely recommend 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross for readers of suspense and thriller. It's a book which you cannot put down until you have turned the last page. It grabs you and does not let go - and that is what I think makes a thriller to a good thriller! Read it!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Thanks for the author and TLC Book tour for providing me with the review copy!

Author Bio

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Eyes Wide Open, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn.


Tour details:

Tuesday, July 10th: Drey’s Library

Wednesday, July 11th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, July 12th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Friday, July 13th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Monday, July 16th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Tuesday, July 17th: M. Denise C.
Wednesday, July 18th: My Book Retreat
Thursday, July 19th: Me and Reading
Friday, July 20th: One Book at a Time
Monday, July 23rd: a novel toybox
Tuesday, July 24th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, July 25th: Book Him Danno!
Thursday, July 26th: Me, My Book and the Couch
Friday, July 27th: My Two Blessings
Monday, July 30th: Reviews from the Heart
Tuesday, July 31st: Book Addict Katie
Wednesday, August 1st: Musings of an All Purpose Monkey
Thursday, August 2nd: I Read. Do You?
Friday, August 3rd: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

There's a reading group guide for 15 Seconds:

Thanks for coming by and happy reading!


  1. I love fast paced thrillers like this!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  2. Thanks for coming by, Trish!