Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Review - 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Title: 13 Minutes
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Pages: 320
Publisher: Gollancz
Release date: 14th July 2016

Blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and Netgalley*

Rescued from an icy river, Natasha was dead for 13 minutes.
She has no memory of what happened or how she got there, but Tasha has the feeling that her best friends - Hayley and Jenny - had something to do with it.
Becca finds herself growing closer to Tasha, her ex-best friend, and helps her when she explains her fears about Hayley and Jenny.
How did Tasha get in the river?
Did Hayley and Jenny really want her dead?

13 minutes was an interesting read which portrays teenage friendships very realistically.
Tasha was an okay character but I related more with Becca who I really liked and felt sorry for - she was insecure and even though Tasha had hurt her, I could understand why she let Tasha back in.
The plot was good but a little slow in places - it dragged a bit for me. Everything seemed to wrap up around halfway (to my confusion) but then something happened that I wasn't expecting and that was what the second half was about.
The book is told in a mixture of text conversations, interviews, diary entries, third person and first person POVs. This was quite a good mix and made things more interesting.
I liked the writing style and that the story wasn't bubble-wrapped.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read.