How did I get it?:
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?:
A fabulous, gripping YA read!
I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!
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NOW– 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough– I have just started this book. It’s very early days so I can’t pass a comment on it yet, although it does sound fabulous.
THEN– Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll– I think Emma Carroll is incapable of writing a bad book. This book was stunning. It centred around the second World War.
NEXT– The Invention of Hugo Cabret– Brian Selznick– I am so excited to read this book. The artwork itself is stunning!
What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy Reading! 😀
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my summer list I managed to read them all! 🙂 I’m very much trying to get through books that I have in my possession already even there are SO MANY that I want to read and add to my TBR. The bookworm struggle!
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Chart Throb- Ben Elton
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so hopefully I’ll get to it this Autumn!
Then She Was Gone- Lisa Jewell
I’ve heard this is a good one!
Together- Julie Cohen
Again, I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!
History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera
I’ve only read Adam’s debut, but I’m trying to work my way through his next releases!
Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu
I really enjoy Jennifer’s writing style, so I’m looking forward to this one!
Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll
I’ve adored every book by Emma so far, so I expect to like this one!
13 Minutes- Sarah Pinborough
So excited to read this one!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
This book has been on my TBR forever. I hope I enjoy it and haven’t overhyped it!
Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book too!
The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!
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I was pretty much sold when this book was billed as the original psychological thriller. God knows I love a psychological thriller.
I have heard great things about this book from many bloggers and bookish friends. I hope to get to it sometime soon!
I have had this book on my wishlist for the longest time. I hope I haven’t hyped it up too much!
Ooh another one that’s been on my radar for a while. Intrigued by this one!
I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan. I have been meaning to read this book for a while now but have been so busy with work! I’m glad I have a copy to get to ASAP!
Beth was reading this during our bookish holiday last week. She immediately passed it to me, when she finished saying that I had to read it soon!
What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!