13 MINUTES – Sarah Pinborough

13 minutes4/5

RELEASED: 21/07/2016
PUBLISHER: Orion
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

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?

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manuiplation and the power of the truth. A stunning read, it questions our relationships – and what we really know about the people closest to us . . .

“Mean Girls for the Instagram Age” is stated on the cover of this book and this description did not set me up for the twists and turns that happen all the way throughout! The Barbies make The Plastics’ antics seem like childsplay! 13 Minutes is more than just your average teen drama/thriller and it makes you question everything that you read throughout the book about the characters and the situations that they find themselves in.

I can see why Sarah Pinborough is such a popular author of adult thriller books, and this venture into the Young Adult market is still one that I think would have any thriller fan on the edge of their seat wanting to find out just what happened! Her writing style is brilliant and she effortlessly switches between narrators and perspectives throughout in a way that isn’t disjointed or difficult to follow for the reader. It’s also strange to have such a dislike for a victim from the beginning of the book, as that really isn’t something that you expect – I really really didn’t like Tasha at all. The characters do seem so realistic though because they are all flawed and we see the good and bad in them all in how they react to situations and each other.

I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a book that is full of suspense and mystery to keep you turning the page right up to the very end. I still can’t quite believe how the whole story played out!


I received a copy of this title for review when I was a bookseller.

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