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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. ~ Simon Spanton

If you like Sarah Pinborough you might also like to read books by Gregory Maguire, Angela Carter and Joanne M. Harris.

Synopsis

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

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 ...

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'the most exciting premise of the year...surely belongs to Sarah Pinborough's 13 Minutes' The Express

'An unsettling psychological thriller, the book plunges you into the frankly scary world of teenage girls Fabulous' Sun on Sunday

'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

'Overall 13 Minutes is an unmissable read for lovers of gritty, thrilling YA fiction. Jess Loves Books Good characters, good plot, good pace' GOOD BOOK!

'Do check it out. Dark Readers This dark psychological thriller delves into a world where popularity and appearances are as important as life or death. The characters are realistically flawed, from beautiful, selfish Tasha to creative, insecure Becca. The tale twists through police reports, diary entries, psychologist evaluations and accounts from both protagonists, allowing readers brief glimpses of the truth before the exciting finale. Highly recommended.' Book Trust

'The book's evocation of the dark world of secondary school, with all its petty betrayals, casual cruelties and toxic friendships, is painfully spot on' The Telegraph

'there is no holding back from the full gamut of sex, drugs and rock and roll. It is a dark and nasty tale of jealously and manipulation...the characters are intriguingly flawed, the narrative tension bow-twangingly tight and there's an absolute belter of a twist' Independent on Sunday

'an intricately plotted, fast-paced crime story...Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History for the Instagram age' The Times

About the Author

Sarah Pinborough

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 is a full time writer.

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Publication date

28th July 2016

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Horror
NewGen - YA Fiction
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ISBN

9780575097377

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