Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
13 minutes (Sarah Pinborough)
Title: 13 minutes
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardback/e-book)
I was perusing fer treasure as I do and I came across this. I previously read poison and charm by this author and truly enjoyed her writing style. So when I saw she had a young adult thriller me curiosity was piqued. Luckily I managed to snag a copy.
The book begins with a girl in the process of drowning. This girl, Hannah, is found by a passerby and is subsequently saved but not before being dead for 13 minutes. She wakes with amnesia and begins to unravel how she ended up in the river and who wants her dead. She trusts no one and so enlists the help of her former best friend, Becca, to figure out what happened.
This book kinda reminded me of the movie “Mean Girls” with some murder mystery thrown it. The chapters in the novel changed perspectives though the majority of it is told through Becca’s point of view. Add in a sprinkling of text messages and other documents that give the reader clues that add excitement but certainly still kept me guessing.
I found meself enthralled with this book. I read this in one evening and actually stayed up into the wee hours of the morn readin’ in me bunk because I had to know how it ended. It was a bit of a roller coaster actually. I found meself changing me mind about the perpetrator, which girl involved I sympathized with the most, which girl I wanted to stab through with me cutlass, etc.
One of me favorite bits was the tie-in to the crucible because I stage managed the show back in the day and therefore am very familiar with it. The layering of those themes was lovely. What made this a slightly less fun story was the last chapter which annoyed me and an “aha” moment that involved a grownup reminiscing. I was however entertained by the teens perspectives on how useless grown-ups were. I am very glad I never had friends that nasty or teenage apathy and angst that strong.
In any case, this was a super fun read that was outside of me normal young adult fantasy and sci-fi fare. I certainly will read more of this author’s work.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Flatiron Books!
Netgalley’s website has this to say about the novel:
Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?
Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart.
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