I won’t lie to you. I did not love Lisa Scottoline’s Every Fifteen Minutes. There were definitely points when I was completely engrossed and totally sucked in, trying to figure out what was going on. But more often than not, I was left feeling a little meh.
Just looking at the cover right now, I find myself annoyed. It doesn’t reflect the real meat of the story at all. Maybe that’s because, by the end, the meat of the story got kind of muddled by plot twists that were as unnecessary as they were unbelievable—mostly because there were just so many of them.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m grumpy. I just found myself really wanting to like this book and cheering it on to take that next step into really good territory. But it never got there for me. Also, I hated the ending.
Feel free to passionately disagree with me. I totally welcome it. In the mean time, here are some of the discussion questions we’ll be tackling in our Paperback Posse Facebook group this week:
- Were you able to guess who the sociopath was in the story before it was revealed to us? Which characters (if any) did you suspect? Why?
- What did you think about Eric’s obsession with finding out who killed Renee? Did you think it was smart of him? Did you always side with him and his points of view?
- The Tarasoff case highlights the unique position that psychiatrists are in, as they have a responsibility to protect not only their patients, but also other people from potential harm done by their patients. Eric considers whether he has a Tarasoff issue with Max, but is reluctant to act too quickly because of the repercussions. Did you agree or disagree with Eric’s decision, why or why not?
- In evaluating his deteriorating marriage, Eric decides that his wife “had fallen in love with a cardboard cutout of a man, a resume rather than a human being.” Do you understand what Eric means by this? Do you think this is a fair assessment of what happened in their marriage? Does this statement seem as if Eric is blaming his wife? Have you ever seen something similar happen?
- Other than Renée, who do you think was a true victim in this story? What responsibility did each main character have in what happened?
If you want to get in on the voting for October’s virtual book club pick, head over to our Facebook group where voting is open until Wednesday night!