Blog Tour | 13 Minutes #review #giveaway

Today I’m hosting a review as part of the blog tour for 13 Minutes and for any of you based in the US there is also a giveaway.

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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.

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What I love about blog tours is that from signing up a month or so before by the time I get round to reading the book I usually can’t remember what the book was about and I am able to go into it without any preconceived notions. This means that I can fully immerse myself in whichever book it happens to be, sometimes it is a great success other times not.

This book was definitely one of the successes, it was amazing. Like many of you I have found recently that the more psychological thrillers you read the harder it becomes to give you that shock and suspense, there are things that you start to pick up on too quickly and end up spoiling the end result for yourself. Since I went into this book without reading any of the details again I didn’t have that expectation of what to look for and this meant that the build of tension was spot on for me.

Whilst I won’t say too much about the storyline what I will say is that I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to be pulled away from the book at all. It really was edge of your seat and just when you think that things are beginning to work themselves out something else pops up to make you question everything that you’ve discovered so far.

The story is told through a variety of different means, from Natasha’s perspective through her journal, from Becca’s perspective, from newspaper clippings, text messages and police reports. Using these different styles added to the idea that you were piecing the story together as you went along and also gave the reader the advantage of seeing things from another viewpoint which added to the mystery.

The author did a brilliant job with the characters, I could easily see some of the people I went to school with in each of them. I think as well that’s what makes this book at times so chilling is that it deals with the psyche of teenage girls and how ruthless and unforgiving they can be, scary stuff.

I really can’t recommend this book enough, it left me on the edge of my seat with that tingly feeling that you get when your hairs stand on end. With clear writing and clever storytelling it is a book that gets in your head, even if you are not the biggest fan of psychological thrillers you should give this book a shot.

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So if this book sounds like your kind of read and you live in the US, then click the link below to win…

an ARC of 13 minutes

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If you want to find out more about this book then make sure to click on the button to find the other stops on the tour.

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Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. 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.

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7 thoughts on “Blog Tour | 13 Minutes #review #giveaway

  1. Here I thought it was just about not paying attention but I definitely have the same issue – from the time I sign up until the time I get to reading it, I have forgotten almost everything. I knew that I wanted to read the book, I just couldn’t remember why. Great review πŸ™‚

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