Wow, what a stunning book! I finished this book a little while ago and just had to sit quietly for a while to catch my breath and gather my thoughts.
Tasha is pulled from the icy cold river; she has been dead for thirteen minutes. The medics manage to revive her but she is left with no memory of what happened, or how she ended up in the river. Her two best friends Hayley and Jenny rush to be by her side to support her, along with her childhood friend Becca.
This is a brilliantly constructed YA psychological thriller. Sarah Pinborough absolutely nails the tension, jealousy and rivalry that goes on between female friendships, and the added intensity within the cliques that teenage girls often form. The drama that unfolds between these girls is extreme but it stays rooted within the realm of possibliity: It is absolutely plausible that this could happen in reality and that’s what makes it so chilling to read. I found it near impossible to put this book down. The underlying hatred that lies underneath seemingly close relationships is tangible in this novel; it was such a tense read that at times I actually had to remind myself to breathe.
This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a very long time. It builds and builds, constantly heightening the tension; there are twists and turns within the story that quite often seem small but some are building to something bigger and others are leading you in the wrong direction. You’re never quite sure who to trust, it’s a deeply unsettling read. Sarah Pinborough is a master of this type of book.
13 Minutes is an outstanding novel, one you absolutely shouldn’t miss! I can already say for sure that this will be in my top reads of this year, if not the very top. I cannot recommend it highly enough – go pre-order it now, you won’t regret it!
I rate this book 10 out of 10 – I’d give it 100 out of 10 if I could!
I received this book from Orion Publishing Group / Gollancz via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
13 minutes is due to be published on 18th February 2016 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
14 thoughts on “Review: 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough”
The cover of this one is so striking!
I love psychological thrillers, this sounds perfect for me.
It’s such brilliant novel, I definitely recommend it.
This is def going on my wish list. Great review!
Thank you 🙂
Fab premise – not actually read any Sarah Pinborough – where would you recommend I start?
I’ve only read two of her books before this one – The Language of Dying and The Death House, both are very good. The Language of Dying is a stunning book, it quickly became one of my favourites. I’d definitely recommend having a look for both of these.
This sounds brilliant but actually wasn’t even on my radar until I read this- definitely adding to my TBR list!
I’m so pleased that you discovered this book through my blog, it’s such a stunning book! 🙂
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Loving the sound of this one – an excellent review!
Thank you so much, I really appreciate you saying that 🙂
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