13 Minutes: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough13 Minutes: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes: A Novel

bySarah Pinborough

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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"Mean Girls for the Instagram age." -The Times (London)
The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back:
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.

Natasha doesn't remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this-it wasn't an accident, and she wasn't suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha's sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn't try to kill her?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.

Sarah Pinborough is the award-winning, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes. Behind Her Eyes was praised by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Harlan Coben, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. 13 Minutes has been optioned by Netflix. Sarah lives in London.
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Title:13 Minutes: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.41 × 5.74 × 1.23 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250123852

ISBN - 13:9781250123855

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing thriller! This story sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved the Mean Girls vibe to the story, and Natasha and her two best friends definitely seemed to be mean girls. Natasha was pulled from the water one day after being discovered by a man walking his dog. She was in the water for 13 minutes but she has no idea what happened to her. How did she end up in the water? Did someone push her? Are her best friends somehow involved? As we read the story we get glimpses into what happened that night, as well as the different dynamics that make up all the friendships Natasha has with her friends. Her current two best friends, Jenny and Hayley, seem to be hiding a secret but what could that be? Do they have the answers to that fateful night? Natasha and Rebecca used to be best friends. They did everything together and were inseparable, that is until Natasha became popular and she more or less dumped Rebecca for Jenny and Hayley. This books brings to light the current social media buzz in today’s society and the bullying that many people face. Not everything is as it appears to be, and everyone seems to be hiding secrets of their own. When those closest to you are hiding secrets, who do you trust? A great book that I enjoyed to the very end. This wasn’t my first book I have read by Pinborough and it won’t be my last. Check the book out if you haven’t read it already
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unpredictable plot twist I’ve been staring in a blank white wall for a long time and thinking what am I going to write about this story. I have much to say but it feels like I don’t know how to explain how excellent this novel. I never foresaw the twist in the story though it was written in the synopsis. Since the beginning of the book, I was persuaded that the suspects are really Natasha’s friends because I read their text conversations, and it involves a guy. I became more inquisitive about the story, blaming Rebecca’s boyfriend as the mastermind of the crime. The reason behind my curiosity is that since the two protagonists became friends again to solve the predicament, then when Rebecca found out that it was all Aiden’s offence, they will quarrel encore because she loves Aiden so much. 13 Minutes is all about friendship, betrayal, bullying, popularity, and social media. I can’t comprehend how someone can throw away the friendship that she has for herself. I’m like, dude?! Is it so easy to replace your friends? Especially when you grew up with them. Second, why is it so easy to abandon anyone that help you till the end because you don’t need them anymore. Why aren’t you be grateful and let them linger in your life without demanding for anything in return? Lastly, it shows how social media has a big impact on someone’s life today. It can ruin or save a person’s life with just one simple post. Can you still imagine your world without social media? Well, I do and I want to go back to the time where you don’t have any post, likes, followers to worry about. Life is so simple and private. Everyone doesn’t have to know what’s going on in your life. Honestly, I hate every character in this book. If not a spoiled brat, they are an addict, a nerd, a fame whore, and a mistress. They are all weird in their own way. Also, I can’t imagine how simple insecurity from someone can lead to danger. I was stunned by how one person, a teenager specifically, can manipulate everyone like chess pieces. However, I love the story and I highly recommend this to people who like mystery novels.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely a twist The first half was compelling enough that I continued to read, though I wouldn't say I had trouble putting the book down. The second half definitely wasn't what I was expecting, talk about plot twist! The character of Tasha became rather unnerving pretty quickly and made me want to keep reading so I could figure out what made her tick.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Foreshadowing is poor 13 Minutes was not quite was I was expecting. The first 65% is about what I was anticipating. Which was a mysterious almost death by a teen which takes a criminal offense and puts it in the middle of high school drama. There are two main perspectives in this book with occasional glimpses into others minds. The two are of the gal who almost dies and those of her ex-best friend. I enjoyed the ex-best friend the best; and actually think it would have greatly improved this book to have the entire story be entirely from the ex-best friends perspective with the exception of the prologue and maybe a epilogue. Foreshadowing In a mystery novel, obviously, foreshadowing is very important. I won't lie, mysteries are not my favourite books. I usually but I try to read a couple every year; and am always intrigued by young adult ones in particular. In 13 minutes there is almost a bit too much foreshadowing at times and yet not enough at others. If Sarah Pinborough had stopped the book at the 65% mark with it's 'answer' to our mystery I could have happily walked away with a four star review and been content with the read. But instead there is another 35% of the book to go and a whole new premise/set of information comes to light. Yes I know, this a valid way to tell a story and can be the case in real life situations as well. But when I'm reading a book where clues are planted into the narrative it just annoys me to be completely unprepared for a twist. While this twist is plausible and possible (which is why this isn't a lower star rating; because I hate cheap twists), it still seems a bit out of nowhere. While some books are amazing at giving clues that, when you find out the 'whodunnit' you think, "wow, how did I not see that?" The best example I can think of that is a twist done perfectly is the reveal in the movie The Sixth Sense. The clues are all there right in front of us for it's twist; but almost all of us miss them the first time through. Second pass watching it and you'll realize you should have known. That is perfect mystery story telling. Sadly it's uncommon for it to be done so well. 13 minutes is not a Sixth Sense situation. Were I to go back and re-read this book I don't think there are many, if any at all, foreshadows to the final outcome during the first 65% of the book. There is a spot at about 75% where I was fairly confident I knew the 'new outcome' but the rest of the book didn't seem to point out or remind me of why I should have already known based on facts from the first 65% of the story. (I hope I explained that right, lol) High School Drama This is definitely a contemporary teen book set at a high school (secondary school, or whatever you call it in your part of the world). It's got annoying text message conversations with text-speak, boyfriend drama that is outrageous yet just like real high school, and all the standard cliches of being a teenger (most of which are true). The characters (and their drama) all felt quite real and had enough depth to just keep me interested in most of them. One or two were a bit flat but as they are not significant characters I didn't really mind. And, as I said already, the ex-best friend character was easily the one I felt the most for and even though she reacts in a typical crazy teen fashion a few times I still totally understood her and even wanted to defend her freak-outs a few times. Not Just Almost Death THIS IS ONLY A WARNING THAT I'M GOING TO LIST THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THE BOOK THAT SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING. IT DOES NOT SPOIL WHO IT HAPPENS TO OR GIVE AWAY ANY OF THE MYSTERY; but if you'd rather not know at all that's fair and you can scroll down to the "Overall" heading. I've left space before and after the possible spoiler mention so you can scroll past easily (I hope). I think it's only fair to let folks know that there is more than just the 'almost death' the title implies. There is also sexual engagements between a minor and an adult (not described in detail but it does happen), actual death & grief, drug use, and of course lying and cheating that is typical of a contemporary teenage setting. Overall The writing by Pinborough is quite good and I will consider reading another of her books. But maybe not one that is a complex mystery. The plot points just didn't satisfy me at the end of the day. To support how good the writing is I can tell you there is a lot of backstabbing and posturing in this book between a number of the high school girls. One of the situations reminded me so much of an ex-best friends attitude and way of manipulating me that, even 15+ years since (finally) telling her off, I felt like I was almost back in one of those teen moments where she treated me like crap and I put up with it because I was weak, desperate for friends and ignorant. That's really how compelling some of the writing is. So if you are intrigued by the premise, and enjoy mystery in a young adult format, this might be for you. It's not a bad read; just not one I would ever pick-up again or recommend to most people. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from SNOOZE FEST Boring, too expensive, I am returning it. I payed $20 of this book and it was terrible. I DON"T SUGGEST IT.
Date published: 2018-01-03

Editorial Reviews

"A psychological thriller perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. 13 Minutes takes a haunting look at the dark side of teenage friendships.Pinborough's sharp prose drives the novel through a series of incredible twists and turns."-BookPage"Readers drawn to the kind of debauched chicanery made popular in novels such as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will tear through this edgy thriller." -Booklist"Pinborough's thrilling murder mystery is filled with twists and turns... But at its most basic level, this is a story of petty high school betrayals, popularity contests with toxic frenemies, and vividly depicted peer pressure, all of which combine to create a painfully real novel."-Publishers Weekly"13 Minutes is an undeniable page-turner, but don't turn too quickly or you'll risk missing Pinborough's crackling language and nuanced depiction of the thrill-and terror-of adolescent friendships." -Tara Altebrando, author of The Leaving and The Possible"Darkly fascinating.Red herrings lead to a satisfying conclusion." -Kirkus"An intricately plotted, fast-paced crime story...Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History for the Instagram age." -The Times (London)"Juicy and involving.Sociopathic and garden-variety mean girls, unreliable narration, sexy bits, over-the-top cruelty, and tragic consequences combine here to please many thriller readers."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Sophisticated and twisty enough to please adults of all ages." -The Irish Times"Masterfully crafted.The book's evocation of the dark world of school, with all its petty betrayals, casual cruelties and toxic friendships, is painfully spot on." -The Telegraph"Perspective is everything in this clever tale." -Financial Times"An unsettling psychological thriller, the book plunges you into the frankly scary world of teenage girls." -Fabulous, Sun on Sunday"Many, many thrillers have been compared to Gillian Flynn's 2012 bestseller Gone Girl, but Sarah Pinborough's masterfully crafted YA novel 13 Minutes might be one of the few to actually merit the comparison. The book's evocation of the dark world of school, with all its petty betrayals, casual cruelties and toxic friendships, is painfully spot on." -The Telegraph