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Eight Minutes

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,696 ratings  ·  140 reviews
On the night that Shelly Buckner finally became a mother, she very nearly became a widow. Her husband, Eric, seriously injured in a car accident on the way to the hospital, was dead for a full eight minutes before being revived all while Shelly was in labor. Those eight minutes changed everything Shelly thought was possible.

Three years later, their son, Toby, brings home a
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Published February 17th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2015-netgalley
From the synopsis on NetGalley, I thought this sounded like an interesting book. But I never expected that I would devour this book in hours! I was grabbed into this fascinating story from the very beginning.

I loved this book with its paranormal theme which is a favorite genre that I like to read. But this was a very original story, none of which I remember having come across before. The author doesn't rush the story but gives a steady pace to the storyline.

The characters were all well develope
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Posted to Julie Reads a Book

I received a free “copy” through NetGalley.

On the night that Shelly Buckner finally became a mother, she very nearly became a widow. Her husband, Eric, seriously injured in a car accident on the way to the hospital, was dead for a full eight minutes before being revived—all while Shelly was in labor. Those eight minutes changed everything Shelly thought was possible.

Eight Minutes follows 3 main characters – Shelly, her husband, Eric, and her son, Toby. The book starts
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from NetGalley in exchange of a fair and honest review.

On the night that Shelly Buckner finally became a mother, she very nearly became a widow.

While Shelly was in the hospital, in labour, Eric, her husband has a near fatal accident, on his way to the hospital. For 8 minutes, he was dead, before he was revived and rescued by the rescue team.

Three years have passed since that near fatal accident and the joyous birth of their son, Toby. Eric and Shelly have gone through and survive
Michele Harrod
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I won't give you a full premise of the book, as that is right there in the book summary above. I was quite sure this was heading to a four star story, until the end just sort of wrapped up all to conveniently for my liking. I struggled to reconcile how the main character, who seemed quite ballsy, took the way her husband treated her (he became an almost entirely different man after an accident in which he was officia
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley

This was a really strange tale.

At the beginning it all started quite dramatic with Shelley going into labour and her husband fighting for his in hospital after a near fatal accident. He actually 'died' for a full Eight Minutes [hence the title]

Shelley gives birth to a little boy named Toby.

From there on we see how Shelley's life was quite 'normal' to all intense and purposes until that fatal day her husband stopped breathing for those Eight Minutes.

He has changed!

Did something happen in those Ei
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A decent enough easy read about souls and reincarnation and the effects one lost soul has on the family involved.
The pace was steady and unhurried and kept me interested throughout. However, the last few of chapters I felt it just fizzle out.

Readers of 'Her Fearful Symetry' by Audrey Niffenegger should enjoy this fun read.

I look forward to recommending Eight Minutes to customers visiting our bookstore.

I received a digital review copy for my, honest, opinion.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

EIGHT MINUTES by Lori Reisenbichler is a haunting debut, a tale of one two families drawn together by higher forces for an intriguing twist of paranormal.

A happy normal family, Shelly and Eric anxiously awaiting the birth of their child. However, the night of delivery, Eric does not show. He in fact winds up in the same hospital after being seriously injured in a car accident on the way to
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The publisher has given me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What happens when we die?
Where do our souls go?
Does afterlife exist?

These questions may have different answers for everyone. We all have different beliefs, some are skeptics, and some are believers. These are questions that have prodded my mind since I was little—which is why I've always been fascinated by real-life stories about near-death experiences and astral projections.

It’s hard to discuss the book withou
Vickie Gesford
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very ORIGINAL...Highly Recommended!

I loved this book for the original story line, the development of the characters and their relationships and just the right amount of suspense and introspection. An incredible first book, it makes me anxious to read something else from this author.

I liked reading the thought processes of the main character and her reluctance to admit her mistakes even to herself. It was enough detail to read as if it could have been a true story without being repetitive and ir
Robin McLean
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like complex books with love, humor, a little mystery, beyond-the-grave communications -- Eight Minutes is a book for you. You will follow a young mom as her nice understandable life in the burbs explodes after her husband almost dies the night her son is born. A few years later something is up with both the spouse and the boy. To protect her son and marriage, she ventures off into far off / wild investigations to understand mysterious changes in both men in her life. She never imagined h ...more
Camille Maio
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Shelly's husband was was in a car accident on his way to the hospital, where she was giving birth to their son. He flatlined for eight minutes before coming back, but he hasn't been the same since.

As their son becomes a toddler, it becomes apparent that he has an imaginary friend. Or, is he really imaginary?

A ghost, a reincarnation, or something else joined their family at the time of the accident, and Shelly is wiling to risk everything to get her son and husband back to normal.

I loved the prem
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has given me a migraine!!! I kind of figured it out but I'm still freaked about it. Still, I great read if you like reading about spirits/ souls.

*Full Review To Come*
Barbara White
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing page turner built around a unique premise, I struggled to put this book down. It's beautifully written, has great characters, and I think it's pitch perfect book club fiction.
Carol Boyer
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelley is about to deliver her baby and is frantic that her husband is not with her. At the same time Eric is brought to the same hospital the victim of a horrific accident and is pronounced dead for eight minutes. Imagine the fear, the after effects - things are never the same - something happens during those eight minutes that takes one life for another. Their little son Toby has an imaginary friend...This book is an eerie page turner like no other I have ever read, the suspense is palpable a ...more
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book for review.

This story starts with intrigue as well as drama and uncertainty which sets up the story for having a particular focus and leads you into thinking the story will head in a particular direction, which it does in a way, but it also quite different from what you expect. The narrative is well paced and Reisenbichler portrays the gradual development of the situation with John Robberson quite realistically. The situation develops slowly and ther
Leonor (Ner)

Rating: 3,5 cups/stars

Disclaimer: Thank you Kandy Alamenda and Lori Reisenbichler for providing me with a copy.

Eight Minutes is far more than what the synopsis gives you. I started reading this book with no idea what to expect from it and in the end I admit I was surprised.

When Shelly gives birth to her son Toby, her husband Erica has an accident and is dead for a total of eight minutes. She doesn’t know but those eight minutes will change her life in a way she isn’t expecting. Three after
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No wonder it was free

Who would pay for such crap? Received as the Samsung book of the month, and was very disappointed.

Weak, predictable story that pulled every punch. Full of cliches and offensive stereotypes. Poorly edited, lazy character development. Waste of time. Not even worth reviewing in full sentences.
Babus Ahmed
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelley Buckner is delivering her first baby whilst her husband Eric is fighting for his life after a road traffic accident. For eight minutes Eric has no pulse and is tenaciously resuscitated. In hindsight Shelley pinpoints those eights minutes after which her husband was not the same. When her 3 year old son starts talking about an assumed imaginary friend, Shelley is not convinced this new character in their lives is imaginary but the resulting effects of her speculation puts considerable pre ...more
Leslie Stahl
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thrill ride!

This was one of those books I couldn't put down. From start to finish I was rooting for the wife, Shelley. Her situation was completely engrossing and believable to me.

I thought her husband, Eric, was a patronising, arrogant blowhard. And their son was almost too cute to be true. I could actually see aspects of my own husband's personality in Eric. That's part of why the story was so believable for me.
I could relate to these people.

As I turned each page, the tension mounted.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't bad, not a bad storyline, but Shelly (I think that was the main character's name) was a pain in the butt. The whining and feeling sorry for herself because, lo and behold, the longer you live the more likely your life will change. She seemed unwilling to accept changes, and was such a crybaby about the fact. I don't know, I get that her hubby was different and that as it turned out there was a reason, but man, she just worked on my nerves with her "I want things to be the way they we ...more
Kara Hansen
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by this story based on the title, Eight Minutes. While I enjoyed the book and read it in a short amount of time, I found myself struggling with the believability factor of the book. By the end of the book, I'm not sure that my thoughts on reincarnation and soul hitchhikers had changed much. That being said, the idea of a second chance at redemption and possibly forgiveness is what kept me reading to ...more
Maryann Fox
A very interesting book., gives the reader lots of thought to the unexplainable

Shelly Buckner gives birth to her son at the same time her husband is clinically dead for eight minutes as a result of a car accident.

3 years later after a visit to a museum with his father and grandfather Toby begins to talk about a man who was a pilot and he has knowledge of the type of jet he flew and other things that he should know nothing about.

Shelly learns/assumes the pilot's soul is in Toby's body and there
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is something lacking in literature. It is completely original. It is not a story I have read before. I found it a breath of fresh air. The book itself is very well written. I did guess part of the outcome early on (actually it's seemed rather obvious) but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it immensely. I love thrillers that deal with families and how their strength may become tested. The closer I got to the
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads program and would like to thank everyone who made that happen!

This one sure doesn't pull any punches - it gets right to the heart of the story. I was immediately engrossed from the first page and loved the voice of the story from the beginning. Talk about a page turner - I devoured this all in one day and had to force myself to put it down when I needed to do other things like eat. I really cared about Shelly and commisera
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle, net-galley
Eight minutes concerns the eight minutes her husband died before he was revived by the rescue team on the night their first child was born. He’d been in a dreadful car accident.

Those eight minutes changed the rest of their lives. After he goes through rehabilitation he is a changed man.
Three years later, their little boy suddenly has an imaginary friend. The friend is a fighter pilot which leads to Toby playing increasingly violent games.

Shelley is worried about him- and thinks a grown man may
Stephanie Kegan
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific summer read!

Suspenseful and fast-paced, Eight Minutes makes a terrific summer (or anytime) read. The narrator is a funny, hip young wife and mother with a career, a strained marriage and an adorable three-year old son who suddenly comes up with a mysterious imaginary friend. The novel manages to provide both laughs and goosebumps, while presenting some troubling questions: Is the husband—who hasn’t been quite right since a near-death experience on the day of his son’s birth—crazy? Or is
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In this novel, on the night her son was born, the protagonist's husband was in a terrible accident and was dead for the titular eight minutes. 3 years later, things are mostly okay, until their son starts talking about someone who seems less like an imaginary friend and more like a real person. Is there a ghost, is he reincarnated, is his mom just going crazy? Works well as both a domestic drama and a psychological suspense, though I must admit I guessed the twist pretty early on. Still, I reall ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read a book with NDE as one of the central themes. The story dwelled not on the NDE itself, but on what happens to the person as well as to the people around him/her after such an experience. This is something well thought of and brilliantly written.

It was very well that the story was related from Shelly's point of view. Just the same, my empathy was not totally lost for the other characters. I very much like the way Shelly fought for her marriage while stealthily (th
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the premise of this book and was drawn into the story. As someone who works with dying people, thus on the line between two worlds, I'm not at all surprised that it took 2 intelligent Western adults a long time to "get it". The fact that the couple's viewpoints differed dramatically was both realistic and made the book more interesting. This is a skillful treatment of a challenging subject (the "paranormal") As the arc of the story descended to the ending, the deepening relationships of ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was riveted to this book! I was mesmerised and couldn't wait to find out what was happening and whether it was real or imagined. I really liked the main character & narrator, Shelly, a mum who worries that her toddler, Toby, has been inhabited by a spirit. Shelly was easy to identify with and very human, and Toby was a completely lovable kid. I also enjoyed the other characters, Shelly's unsupportive husband and her supportive friends. I think the ultimate reason I enjoyed this book was its la ...more
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