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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough | Book Review

July 25, 2020
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough | Book Review

Good morning, bookpups๐Ÿพ Are you a mystery/thriller reader? I am very VERY slowly breaking into the genre and wanted to share one of my first mystery favorites with you today. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a million questions in your head. Enjoy!

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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough | Book Review

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๐ŸพMany thanks to the author, Sarah Pinborough, and the tour host for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.๐Ÿพ

Let me preface by saying the mystery/thriller genre is not my usual cup of tea. I read this book on a whim and ended up really enjoying it.

Now this is a book where you can easily hate all the characters.

I don’t think I liked any of the characters. Hannah came closest to being a decent human being but she let Tasha (the one who drowns in the river) walk all over her. Then again, had she had more of a spine, she wouldn’t have played the part she was meant to for this book.

Oh, and then there’s Becca. She was dumped by Tasha when she became popular and then brought back in as a confidant because, after “drowing”, suddenly Tasha couldn’t trust anyone. She did some pretty good “detective” work in 13 Minutes, but I hated how she’d drop everything (including Hannah) anytime Tasha called. Not cool.

I can sum Aiden up in one word: douche. He’s a pawn, yes. But still a douche.

Then we have Hayley and Jenny, Barbie dolls and prime suspects. Are they criminal masterminds? No. Just no. Are they best friends who have been scorned? Probably. Somewhat psychotic? Absolutely.

Sex and drugs were frequent activities for the characters of 13 Minutes.

One thing I noticed (and this is either because of the cultural differences between the US and the UK, or more likely, my warped memory of simpler high school days) is that the characters were far more adult than high schoolders. Like when you have a 22-year-old actress playing a high school girl. You just know. That was a bit of a problem for me because this is a YA book and I like my YA to be a little less … adult.

The only thing about 13 Minutes is that it lulled at about 60% of the way through. The book should have been done. Of course, this lull worked in favor of the author’s plot, but it was a teensy bit boring.

Great ending. Creepy ending, but great!

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  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf July 31, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Oooh, Iโ€™m intrigued! I like this genre and books for this age group. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • Reply Shelleen Toland July 31, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Great review.

  • Reply Whispering Stories August 1, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it, even with the not so nice character and the lull.

  • Reply Robin Loves Reading August 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Great review. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  • Reply Jo Linsdell September 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I love a book that keeps me on the edge of my seat. Great review.

  • Reply DJ Sakata June 26, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I love books like this with characters I love to hate

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms June 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      See, that’s what I thought too! It seems to be an unpopular bookish opinion, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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