13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Flatrion Books

Publish Date: October 3rd, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon


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

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.

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.

Opening Sentence: “It’s so cold, it’s so cold I can’t breathe and I panic hard in the water that is like shards of glass, and for the first time I think I might be in serious trouble.


13 Minutes was a massive thrill ride. It flipped on its head and took me on a twisted journey of betrayal and growing madness. I don’t think I’ve read a book where I hated all the characters, but still loved the book, but this one masters the idea that having unlikeable characters isn’t always a bad thing.

What I loved about this book:

  • This is the first ya thriller I have read that felt like a real thriller
  • Just when you think the book is coming to an end you realize it is only halfway through and there are many things that have yet to come to life that change everything
  • That even the one character you kinda like at first ends up being a person you would never like in real life
  • The writing sucks you into this demented storyline and makes you think that you have to know just a little bit more until you reach the conclusion
  • It felt like I was watching some sort of heart-stopping horror film that is very good with its camera angles
  • Partly told via text, diary entries, and regular text, everything mixes together so well that the whole thing becomes amazingly satisfying

13 Minutes is an affair you will never forget. When your dead and want to know why then you gotta know that the killer is never quite who you think it is.

Thanks for reading! I hope that you read this novel so that you can be shocked and horrified in all the ways that I was. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

-Till next time!

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