More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with genuine, if non-supernatural, thrills. This is a tight, claustrophobic and gripping tale centred around a group of teenaged female friends. Pinborough, a one-time teacher, has a deft and exact touch when it comes to depicting the voices, enthusiasms and fears of teenage friendship. And hatred. She’s also adept at using the pervasive nature of social media to power and inform her plotting and draw the tension tight around her story.
Natasha is found in a freezing river on the edge of a small town. It quickly becomes clear that she died for 13 minutes. What is less clear is how or why she died. Natasha has no clear memory of how she got in the river but as her friends gather around her in hospital it’s obvious that someone does know. What follows is brilliantly judged, twisting journey into the lies, loves and hatreds that can exist in the pressure cooker of female teenage friendship groups. This is an empathetic novel that touches on bullying and power-plays, on the heightened emotions of youth. Pinborough maintains the tension impeccably to leave you always on the verge of knowing what’s happened but never being quite certain. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys the novels of Gillian Flynn or who loved the film Heathers.
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? 13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manuiplation and the power of the truth. A stunning read, it questions our relationships - and what we really know about the people closest to us ...
|Publication date:||28th July 2016|
|Publisher:||Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
'the most exciting premise of the year...surely belongs to Sarah Pinborough's 13 Minutes' The Express
'A must-read for fans of Megan Abbott, and fans of TV shows like Broadchurch. Very highly recommended, this is an addictive, must-read. Excellent. I can't wait for Pinborough's next novel.' Civilian Reader
'a highly dramatic and convincing thriller' The Book Bag
'13 Minutes is another fantastic demonstration of Sarah Pinborough's gifts for telling an enthralling tale.' 9/10 Sci-Fi Bulletin
'The ending was typically haunting and overall this was, well, just damn terrific. One of my favourites of the year' Liz Loves Books
'For a wonderful, absorbing crime thriller set against the backdrop of teenage menace and melodrama, you need not look further' Words and Wormholes
'This is an exceptional, contemporary, thoughtprovoking thriller from an award-winning novelist.' Rising Shadow
'13 Minutes is an outstanding novel, one you absolutely shouldn't miss! I can already say for sure that this will be in my top reads of this year, if not the very top. I cannot recommend it highly enough' Rather Too Fond of Books
'13 Minutes is a carefully crafted thriller which is utterly absorbing and makes you think twice about the teenagers in your life...' Books by Proxy
Sarah Pinborough is a successful, critically acclaimed novelist and screenw riter. She has written a YA trilogy, The Now here Chronicles, under the pen name Sarah Silverwood; she has written for the BBC series NEW TRICKS; her The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy has been optioned for a television series and she has a horror film, CRACKED, currently in development. She has also turned her pen to short stories and novellas, winning the BRITISH FANTASY AW ARD for Best Short Story in 2009 and the BRITISH FANTASY AWARD for Best Novella in 2010 (for The Language of the Dying). She lives in London, and ...More About Sarah Pinborough