“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” —Sigmund Freud
Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. However, his work seems to be going better than his home life. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when Eric takes on a new patient, his entire world begins to crumble.
Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and isn’t handling it very well. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes, makes Max a high-risk patient. The young man can't turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about his patient, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a "person of interest" as well. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment.
Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric's life?
Lisa Scottoline's visceral thriller brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.
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