Date finished: Friday 16th June 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 320

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “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?”

This book was very¬†good. To be honest I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but this book really surprised me. I loved the way it was written; journal entries from Tasha, third person narrative mainly from Becca’s POV, and little snippets from newspapers and case notes peppered between chapters. It really added to the flow of the mystery: how did Tasha end up in the water, and what was going on before?

I have my kindle set to tell me how long is left until I finish the book, and I was at twenty minutes left and still feeling like I wasn’t approaching any kind of resolution before it hit me like a bus. I did not see the ending coming at all, and yet when it did it made complete sense, and really was the only resolution the novel could have ended with.

This book is written primarily for the YA audience, but I do love reading my YA fiction. It reads very well, and the characters are completely realistic and relatable. None of them are perfect and are all full of flaws, and this makes it all the more believable as things progress and start unravelling.

“13 Minutes” reads as a very strong YA thriller, with believable characters and is very well written. I’ve not read anything by Sarah Pinborough before, but based this I’ll probably look into her other works. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery read.

My rating: 8/10