[Review] 13 Minutes

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Title: 13 Minutes

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Genre: Young Adult, Psychological Thriller

Published: February 18, 2016

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She 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.
Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery.

At first Becca isn’t sure that she even wants to help Natasha. But as she is drawn back into Natasha’s orbit, Becca starts putting the pieces together. As an outsider, Becca believes she may be the only one who can uncover the truth…which is far more twisted than she ever imagined.
13 Minutes is supposedly a Mystery or Psychological Thriller that follows Becca (and sometimes Natasha) through finding out what happened leaving Natasha, her ex-best friend, dead for 13 minutes. Now, I say supposedly because nothing was all that mysterious about it. But, let's start from the beginning. 

The characters. I hated Natasha, like, really hated her. I don't think I was supposed to at first, but I cannot stand the cliche popular girl in school otherwise known as the "lead plastic." Did I like Becca? A bit. I would have absolutely loved Becca had she not actually cared about what was happening and that her ex-best friend started being all nice to her after everything. I get that at one point, they were bffs, but after knowing what happened between them, it's really not even worth the effort to hope for that flame to rekindle. Now, I get that this is high school, so there's that whole stigma of wanting to fit in, but not everyone feels that way. Where are my girls that couldn't care less about what people thought of them? 

Anyway, the only other thing I really want to point out in the review worth of any huge mention is the lack of surprise when the big reveal happens. However, I had already somewhat worked out what was going on before the book even ended. I have to admit that I didn't really see the twist coming, but when it did arrive, I wasn't all that surprised. In fact, when I read it, all I really thought to myself was "wow, okay, yeah, that makes sense." When it comes to Mystery and Psychological Thrillers, there really needs to be a wow factor -- a specific moment that really boggles the reader's mind, but unfortunately, this book did not have it. 

The story as a whole had potential. I'm sure that if it contained likable, believable characters, I would have been more invested in their lives. If the story hadn't made Natasha so obviously not right in the head, the twist would have had a lot more of an impact on me and actually cause some shock. 

I'd say if you're interested, give it a go. It wasn't a horrible story, but a bit too bland for the genre it's supposed to be in (to me, at least). 

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