13 Minutes

Reviewed by Melanie on September 27, 2017

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I am stunned. I’m not sure where to start with 13 Minutes. The entire book kept me guessing until the very end.

Natasha, Queen Bee at her school, is pulled from the freezing river. Technically dead for thirteen minutes, she doesn’t remember the events that led to her waking up in the hospital. With the help of her childhood best friend, Becca, Natasha tries to put the pieces together.

The story takes off quickly and never slows own. I was gripped after the first chapter. While trying to figure out the “whodunit” I was impressed by the multiple layers, not just of the book, but of the characters too.

The writing style of the author is fluid and easy to read. It makes ready quickly easy and enjoyable. The plot of the book builds quickly but doesn’t lose momentum.

The characters are probably the most impressive part of the book. Natasha is all the things you expect of a Queen Bee. She’s smart, confident, and of course a bit manipulative. She’s the victim of the story, but there is a lot more to her than expected.

Becca, like most outcasts, doesn’t seem to care much about what others think of her. When she’s unexpectedly pulled back into Natasha’s inner circle, she quickly realizes that things may not be what they seem.

It’s difficult to review the book without spoilers because there are so many intricate parts of the story. Pick up the book, but clear your schedule because after the first chapter, you’ll have to know how it ends.

13 Minutes Book Cover 13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
Gollancz
July 14, 2016
Kindle eBook

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this - it wasn't an accident and I wasn't suicidal.

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. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it?

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