13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough // Brilliant Constructed Crime YA

MY RATING : ★★/5 

I don’t always appreciate thrillers nowadays BUT this one is one hell of exception.  

The overall plot is around Natasha who was dead for 13 minutes in a freezing river, she woke up from a coma and can’t recall what happened or how she ended up dead. Okay, past me was like : REALLLY? Another AMNESIA-JUSTIFYING-CRIME-THRILLER? I started reading and you know what? It was pretty good!The fun thing is, this girl SURVIVED she wasn’t some other protagonist who has amnesia and forget what she saw that night and has to force herself to remember to help the police with another murder (cough cough The Girl on The Train vibe). This story is about the girl. She’s the victim, she was the one who was dead and she was the one who had amnesia.


When I thought it only stopped there, oh hell naw. The story clung to me, pulled me in, I was totally obsessed with the book.  It took me by surprise and it was beautifully structured. The toxic friendships, the manipulation, the power struggles, that reminded me a lot of my life and I can completely relate. The suspense was built until the end, the big twist and the revelation completely made sense.


The characters were very well described and portrayed, I thought the two main characters were totally opposite but evolve in the same way. You see one’s vulnerabilities turn into the other’s strength. It’s amazing how they completed each other as a dynamic duo.

Yes you have the typical, Barbie clique going on, and some people would even fight me by saying that  “it’s such a stereotype” “our school wasn’t even like that” blablah. One’s experience does not define the other.You may not witness that, but I did and like many others and yes teenagers can be cruel, teenagers can be quite arrogant and egocentric, believe me, teenagers when they turn psychopath? Oh boy, it’s even more..problematic. tumblr_m85nztxwho1rvxddfo1_500

If you liked the Pretty Little Liars (Ally psycho vibe) with a mix of Mean Girls, a gripping story, this book is definitely for you. In my opinion, this YA crime story beat A Stranger In The House , The Girl On The Train by… a lot.

People should seriously step up their games in the contemporary thriller section!

Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing an advanced copy of this book! 


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38 thoughts on “13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough // Brilliant Constructed Crime YA

  1. Captain's Quarters says:

    I absolutely loved yer review matey and agree with yer take on the novel. I don’t tend to read many thrillers these days but I had read this author’s fantasy and so I thought I would give this one a shot to see what her other writing was like. I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought this one was awesome. I have linked to me review of this novel if ye want to read it. No pressure.
    x The Captain


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    • Trang (Bookidote) says:

      My favourite captain !! I’ve missed you 8D I didn’t know the author at all :O ! Oh my I had to jump on your link when I see it. YASS I CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT IT WITH SOMEONE LOL Her writing felt real and I was impressed with how natural her flow is hahha 🙂


  2. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    Yay! I just read Behind her Eyes and that was an amazing trip.. it’s so great to hear this is a must-read as well. I love PLL and Mean Girls too so another plus and I’m pretty curious what sort of plottwist this one has. Definitely want to read it! Thanks for your great review!

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  3. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Ok Trang hahah ❤ I was hesitant to read your review because I still have mine to write and new we would have similar thoughts! This is great. I agree. I could not put this down. I think it took me two evenings to finish. I loved the formatting as well, but I encountered a few struggled I will hopefully be able to sum up. You do this one good justice ❤

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh great review for this book Trang. I read 13 Minutes, it was actually one of the first YA thrillers I actually read, and really loved it. It definitely pulled me into the story as well and seeing as thrillers aren’t normally my genre of choice I considered that an impressive feat. 😀
    Again great review. 🙂

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  5. bibliophilesworldblog says:

    Your Review makes me want to read 📖 this one. You can try Melinda Leigh’s books. They are amazing Thrillers. With Perfect balance of Suspense, Mystery and Jaw Dropping Thrillers. If possible give it a try. I love your posts. Please check my blog too.

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  6. Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ says:

    I read this review again and really can’t wait to read this book when I get a chance! Such a great review! I first heard about this book through Kim~By Hook or By Book. She helped me spread my wings on WordPress. To be honest I’ve only been a blogger less than three months! See there I go rambling off about random nonsense again! Lol. I just love the format of your reviews Trang!!! You are so talented sweet thang trang!😗😂


    • Trang (Bookidote) says:

      YOU ARE SO SWEET OMGAD ❤ My new ultimate blogger crush of 2017 that’s for sure ! I can’t believe its been only less than 3 months :O Youre a natural blogger 😉 If you want, I can send the book to you! We had such a good time with Bonfire and this book has the same kind of vibe !! 😀

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      • Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ says:

        You would do that for me?!!? You are the sweetest lady ever!!!💜💜💜💜 I’m not use to receiving gifts! I wish I had more physical ARCs. Being newish I don’t get many print books yet and it’s always nice when I get print ARCs because it’s so much strain on my eyes all the time!!!!!💜💜💜💜 Thank you for all the kind words love! 💗 You really made my day with your sweet words and awesomeness!😉 I always write people these kind of comments I didn’t know it was anything special. Lol. You are my blogger crush as well!💜💚💗 When I get a chance later I’m going to go through some of your earlier reviews!😎 YAY🙌 I’m so touched you think I’m a natural blogger when you are such a rock star at it!!!😊😘☺ XOXO


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