Thursday, February 18, 2016

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

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Review by Suze
Tasha has it all, she's pretty, she's smart and she's confident. She's popular and everyone wants to be her friend. When something awful happens to her she can't remember the incident very well. She nearly drowned, but doesn't think she ended up in the water by accident. She asks her former friend Rebecca to help her uncover the truth...
13 Minutes is a thrilling psychological thriller filled with tricks and mind games. It's a book that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn't wait to find out the truth. Of course I had my suspicions, but even knowing what might have happened didn't ruin the suspense for me. The how and why are even more important than the what and that is exactly what makes this book so brilliant. The plot is absolutely amazing and the ending is fantastic. I read this book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.
Sarah Pinborough knows how to work with suspense. She delivers a peak and then there's a moment of breathing space before she builds up the tension again. I liked that constant yo-yo effect a lot. The story is about typical high school hierarchy. In 13 Minutes it goes too far though. Games are being played and they have a disastrous outcome. I loved watching all the different reactions of the main characters to the same events. I was intrigued and couldn't wait to see what they'd do next.
There was a point in the story where it could have ended. For me that was the best part of the book. As in a lot of books that would have been exactly what would have happened. But 13 Minutes goes further than that. Nothing is what it seems. That's when I started to really love the story. It's so much more than just a standard teenage thriller. It's gripping until the end and the story is definitely original. If you like a good young adult thriller you should give this book a try, I think it's fantastic.

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