13 Minutes

I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Individual rating: 2.2/5

⭐ ⭐


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?



I didn’t actually finish this book. I tried for months to get interested, and I couldn’t. I decided I had to call it at some point. The premise of the book is promising; it looks interesting enough, but it just wasn’t. It was really confusing because the point of view’s kept switching around and it was really hard to follow. I couldn’t get into it because the dialogue’s kind of seemed ridiculous to me. All the girls also had very basic names, which confused me as well. I couldn’t ever remember which was supposed to be which, and I had no idea how any of their conversations or mannerisms really related to anything.

I could see people enjoying this book, but it absolutely wasn’t for me. It felt a little bit bland. Either way, it’s not a terrible book, just one I wasn’t exactly enraptured by. I’d recommend this book to people just to see what their reaction to it is. As for me, this one was not one of my favorites and I’m really sad that I couldn’t finish it. I need to get on to writing more reviews and I’ve been stuck for such a long time on this book that it’s not making sense for me to try to read it anymore.


Other Information:

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: February 18th, 2016

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Young Adult, Standalone

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Synopsis: Goodreads

Price: $9.99 Kindle

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