13 Minutes

13 Minutes

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I bought it!


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?


I had heard so much about Sarah Pinborough’s books, especially 13 minutes, so when I came across it on a bookshop crawl recently, I knew I had to pick up a copy. It’s quite a dark, edgy YA read. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The story starts with a man whose dog discovers a young girl in icy water. The man sees the girl move and is quick to respond with saving the girl. He starts CPR until the emergency services arrive and take over. Luckily, the girl in question- Natasha- is revived. Natasha died for 13 minutes. She has no memory of how she got in the river or has no recollection of anything that happened on the day of the accident. Everyone is talking about what could have happened. Natasha isn’t sure who to trust.

13 Minutes uses several points of view to tell the story. There’s also text messages, police case notes and psychiatrist’s notes. The characters in this story aren’t particularly likeable. Natasha has a little clique who really are quite mean to others. I didn’t trust Natasha’s friends, but as the story progressed I wasn’t sure that I could trust any of the characters. I do love an unreliable character and there were plenty of them in the story.

I really enjoyed Sarah Pinborough’s writing style. She drip fed the details until we finally had a picture of what happened. It certainly kept me turning the pages, eager to find out why Natasha was in the river and who was involved. I loved the author’s portrayal of the toxic female friendships in the story. This book is incredibly intense and worth picking up if you’re into darker YA fiction!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fabulous, gripping YA read!

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