I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
This review may contain spoilers (Though I tried REALLY hard to avoid them for this book.)
If you want to read the Spoilers labelled “Read Spoilers”, check out my review on Goodreads here.
First impression when I started reading this book:
Near the middle of the book:
After the middle of the book:
Basically, this book is genius.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is one of those books I can’t say too much about because I will most likely spoil something pivotal and I want you to experience all of the crazy in this book without a hint of what’s to come.
The friendships in this book are dark and so much more complex than they appear on the surface. I personally thought they were really cruel to each other, but as the story progressed, I kind of understood it. In this world, the strongest characters need to fight to survive and stay ahead of whatever comes their way.
Writing this review, days after finishing this book, is still slightly difficult because this book messed with my head so much that I’m still thinking about it.
13 Minutes isn’t a typical thriller. It’s not one of those books with a synopsis that you read and say, hm, okay, I know what I’m going to get with this book! No. This book is so much more than that. I love that, alongside its complexity, it also has characters doing mature things because teenagers aren’t always as innocent as older YA writers would like them to be.
Not all of the characters will be likable and I kind of enjoyed that because no one is perfect and perfect people don’t belong in this story. Everyone has a streak of cruelty in them and while it’s easy to think that we would never be like these characters sometimes are with each other, we have to admit that as teenagers it’s not a long stretch to admit that we might have had brief moments of mean-streaks.
I found the format interesting. At first, I was a little taken off guard. Natasha, the girl described in the synopsis, is notthe protagonist. In fact, the story is told mainly in third person by her ex-best-friend Rebecca. Throughout the novel, there are bits and pieces revealed via text messages, journal entries, and psychiatrist visits. While unconventional, I found that changing up the usual storytelling format added not only a well-rounded feel to the story, but it also disoriented the reader a little bit. You were expecting Natasha to be the storyteller. After all, Natasha is the victim.
It’s all just so perfect and I wish I could say more. The author does a really good job of constructing a case for you–the important thing is that this book is a hell of a complex experience, so take that as you may.
Honestly, if you like mind-trip thriller YA novels then you might like this. Also, the ending (view spoiler).
Then Pearl meets Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends. Though she’s repulsed by most of them, Tristan’s quiet sadness and sombre demeanour intrigue her. Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father’s name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that would leave no life unchanged … if it doesn’t take hers first.
E! has put in development One Of Us Is Lying, based on Karen M. McManus’ bestselling mystery-thriller young adult novel, from Universal Cable Productions and John Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes Productions banner.
Described as Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One Of Us Is Lying follows what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, everyone has secrets to hide, but how far they would go to protect themselves drives the story.
S.E. Green has written a two part series that had me hooked. The first book I read within a six hour trip to Arkansas to visit family. The second book, I read last week within a matter of two days. His writing is gripping and pulls you in. I am talking about “Killer Instinct” bringing about my newfound love for thriller novels.
This series has been described as “the teen girl version of Dexter” by New York Times and has plot-twists that made me shout out loud “no f*cking way” and startle my boyfriend. But it has also frustrated me in the best way possible.
S.E. Green, if you are reading this, know that at the end of Killer Within I actually threw the book to the foot of my bed out of frustration then got up to hug it and apologize to it.
Below the cut, I’ll be giving a non-spoiler based review but I will be adding on a trigger warning for death as this is a serial killer novel.
Is there a market for book publishing illustration for older audience like teens to adults etc ?
Of course there is. I don’t really understand what specifically you’re asking, so I’m going to give some general publishing advice:
If you want to know what art is being used on book covers then GO TO A BOOKSTORE AND LOOK AT BOOKS. There is no way around this. Looking online is a lot harder than just going to a section in a physical store and soaking it in. You will see what the trends are in Thriller, Mystery, Kids, SciFi/Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.
While you’re there, maybe even buy a book. Support indie bookstores especially!
As the time wound down on my audiobook, I knew this couldn’t be the end. I totally thought this was a standalone and WOW, do I need more.
I’m not usually a fan of period writing, but Johnson weaved what happened in the 30′s and present day pretty well. I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TRULY DEVIOUS!
I’m so glad I couldn’t guess the plot/murderer in the current time period, and it’s definitely all still up for debate. This book is so good at keeping you on the edge of your toes and not 100% sure what’s what. (If you’re a fan of Caraval and guessing the identity of Legend, this one’s for you.)
Stevie was a great character. She’s awkward, moving to a new school, never had romantic flings, never had close friends that weren’t on the internet, doesn’t agree with her parents’ politics—she’s so just relatable and real. She also has some great zingers, and I absolutely love the way she thinks. Her straight-forwardness is so funny.
If you like mysteries that keep unraveling, this one’s for you. I was so afraid I would see what was coming, but there’s so many threads left to pull you into the next book—which will hopefully come soon (omg it’s a trilogy, I need answers now!)