13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough~ Mini Review


About the book:

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?

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

My thoughts:

13 Minutes had been on my kindle for way too long so I figured it was high time I read it, especially considering I had read Behind Her Eyes by the same author.

While reading the book, I think definitely as a YA psych thriller, with elements of crime and mystery interspersed throughout the narrative. 13 Minutes is the story of Natasha and how she came to be dead for that length of time. There is also a heavy weight placed on secrets and lies between the characters and how they can slowly chip away at solid foundations.

13 Minutes is a compulsive read. I found myself flying through it trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together along with Natasha. The minds of teenage girls are scary places to be, and the author has done a good job of capturing the devious and underhanded behaviour that some kids partake in.

13 Minutes is a fast paced book, with plenty of different threads that are all woven together towards the end relatively well. I enjoyed it even though it wouldn’t be my usual kind of read.

Recommended.

 

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough 2017 WatchList

As a book blogger, I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to read books that aren’t out for a while, Behind Her Eyes is one such book, and it’s definitely one to add to your wishlist…

There’s a reason this book has the hashtag #WTFthatending.

About the book:

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their world, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far someone might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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About the author:

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, adult and YA author. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough

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My thoughts:

I had seen Behind Her Eyes popping up on social media months ago and I knew I had to read it and the lovely folks at Harper Collins sent me over a proof copy. Needless to say I dropped everything else and started reading it immediately.

This book is everything I look for and more in a psychological thriller. It is menacing, chilling and gripping in equal measure. The characterisation is absolutely spot on, and the plot is just stellar. Talk about unexpected. It’s not a spoiler when people are tweeting #WTFthatending, it’s an entirely accurate description because the reader literally sits there after finishing it wondering WHAT THE ACTUAL FUDGE DID I JUST READ!!!!!! And as much as I love to use profanity, I still won’t use it here.

I am not going to discuss the plot, as per, because the subtle nuanced prose that Sarah Pinborough has written does not need dissection. It needs reading, and concentration, and possibly re-reading to see if you missed anything. I will hold my hands up and say I re-read the ending three, if not four times because I just couldn’t believe what I had read.

Behind Her Eyes is stunning. It is a lesson in just how twisted a psychological thriller can be. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Exceptional.