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The Final Minute

(Tina Boyd #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,507 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, TINA BOYD, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive.

‘It’s night, and I’m in a strange house.

The lights are on, and and I’m standing outside a half-open door.

Feeling a terrible sense of foreboding, I walk slowly inside.

And then I see her.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 9th 2015 by Arrow (first published January 15th 2015)
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Sean Peters
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, TINA BOYD, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive.

Matt Barron is recovering from a serious car crash in which he lost his memory. His Sister Jane has nursed him for months with the help of conscientious male Nurse Ben and Hypnotherapist Dr Bronson. Of course this being a Simon Kernick book nothing and no-one is what they seem and the first fatalities are not lon
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great action story featuring established characters by Simon Kernick. Persons such as Tina Boyd, Mo Khan and DCI Mike Bolt. Excellent plot, sub plots and characters. First class thriller.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Simon Kernick is a very talented author. He has written fifteen novels and is the number one best seller. The Final Minute is Simon's sixteen novel and my first novel that I have read of his. I found The Final Minute gripping from the very first line right to the very last page. Not only is this a great plot with great characters it speeds through with very fast brilliant action. I loved this story and will definitely be reading more of Simon Kernick's novels in the future. I have put Simon Kern ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
What a load of old tosh
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did something very typical of me; I picked up a book, decided the plot was intriguing and then discovered it was the latest in a series (seventh in this case). Normally I'll either go back to the start of the series or just not bother at all. This time I decided to read on regardless. I'm glad I did.
Though I'm told this is a Tina Boyd novel she wasn't the main focus of the story and didn't appear for a few chapters. By the time she did I was already invested in the main character and curious
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do love a Simon Kernick - they rattle along at juggernaut pace. The characterisation is excellent, the plotting tight and the short chapters with alternating first and third person narrative put you right into the centre of the action.

All in all if you like a good thriller then these are some of the best. I can't believe no-one's ever filmed them - Tina Boyd would make an fantastic TV series. Or maybe they have and I was too busy with my nose in a book to notice!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've read a few thrillers from Simon Kernick now. He's a fun author for a light, fast-paced read and this one fit the mold of his other novels. He's also an author who recycles characters so that fans can read them in order and enjoy witnessing their favorite characters develop over time. Sadly, this one was quite a disappointment. The main character, Matt Barron, wakes up to find himself in unfamiliar surroundings, with suspicious characters who are unaware of his special agent abilities, comba ...more
Neha Azhar
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm left feeling bittersweet after the end.

My bookish senses were telling me something wrong will happen towards the finish but at least the damage wasn't half as bad as I had anticipated. I'm just feeling sad, that's all. I had good hopes for our main guy Matthew Barron/Sean Egan and the ex-cop Tina Boyd but you don't get everything you want in life.
Book Addict Shaun
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a blogger I feel incredibly lucky to read books weeks before they are released but never more so than when the book is written by one of my favourite authors. I remember the first time I borrowed a Simon Kernick book from the library, I was blown away and had to get my hands on his other books as soon as I'd finished it, bear in mind this was before I had a Kindle and was able to get books instantly, so I was travelling around Liverpool's libraries hunting his books down. He fast became one o ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Final Minute by Simon Kernick is a fast paced novel with a wide range of different, interesting characters that combines action with suspense.

The novel is really easy to read and although a lot happens it wasn’t too hard to follow, and so I raced through it!

The story seems to focus more on Matt Barron, the guy who has lost his memory and is being chased down by ‘questionable’ characters, than Tina Boyd who is the main detective t
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Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a seasoned Kernick reader he has a pretty tried and tested formula which keeps us readers happy. Thankfully his latest release is no different and you end up feeling like you’ve just done an hour long workout just reading the first few chapters! Matt Baron takes centre stage in this latest Kernick novel as a man that is suffering with a form of amnesia. He has been told he was involved in a car crash, and is being cared for by his sister. As Matt starts to slowly recover his memory starts to ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Simon Kernick's books are reliable page turners. They hook you in quickly and have you flicking the pages until late in the night. This one is no exception, and the fact that I gave it only three stars doesn't mean that it's not relentlessly readable - it is! However it's not one of the strongest plots that Kernick has delivered, relying too much on coincidences and the reader's willingness to overlook logic as the body count mounts. And while the protagonists are very likeable, their behaviour ...more
Joanne Robertson
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5* review
I love it when it is time for a new Simon Kernick novel! I know the poor man writes as quickly as he can but they don't come quickly enough for me which is why I really enjoyed the 3 parter he did not that long ago. When you read his race against time thrillers you really feel as though you have been parachuted into your worst nightmare and you have to hit the ground running! Your pulse rate rises, the adrenaline levels increase and I honestly don't know another author who can do this
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A man wakes up with a scary nightmare, two bodies and the feeling that he killed them... He had no memories of the bodies or his life before the accident, just what his sister and doctor had told him, but is it the truth or they are hiding something from him?
Tina Boyd is a PI investigating the disappearance of a young girl, she has been missing for a few months now...
Could it be that these two successes are related somehow? We'll see...
This is my first Simon Kernick book, I haven't participated
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a forward copy of "The Final Minute" by Simon Kernick off Netgallery in exchange for a honest review.
Well this was easy, started the book this morning and was immediately hooked and continued to read it throughout the day where possible only to finish it this afternoon.
A great story with familiar characters to readers of Simon Kernick's books, the plot is well paced with the usual mix of twists and turns and for me a book I couldn't put down. This author deserves more plaudits as I co
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ooooooo, I just love Simon Kernick's books. Can't get enough of them! As ever he has produced yet another gripping, page-turning thriller, where things aren't always as they seem and there are so many twists you end up in knots. Highly recommend this to others ...more
Anne Smith
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good and gripping... Couldn't put the book down .... When a chapter ended, couldn't switch light off! Highly recommend ... Easy read, less than a day... ...more
Leigh Gaston
Disappointing. Had a lot of potential but one must be willing to suspend their disbelief for most of this implausible novel.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

‘It’s night, and I’m in a strange house.
The lights are on, and I’m standing outside a half-open door.
Feeling a terrible sense of foreboding, I walk slowly inside.
And then I see her.
A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed.
She’s dead. There’s blood everywhere.
And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me …’
A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares.
Sarah-Jayne Windridge-France
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is superb. It sets off at a fast pace and that doesn't wane throughout the book.

The only thing that I find slightly disappointing is the last 50 pages. The conclusion leaves me wanting.

I needed more from the protagonist - it all seemed to wind up rather suddenly for him. I wanted to learn more about his wrongful conviction (sorry spoiler alert - but it's pretty obvious). I needed to know what was next for him. Moreover - I needed for the bad guy to suffer!

The deuteragonist (Tina Boyd
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A superb return to form from Mr Kernick as we are reunited with the Black Widow Tina Boyd.
The plot is full of twist and Tina as a character is a pleasure to be around she is so well written and staring in her eighth book its no wonder why she is so popular.
We follow Shaun Egan returning from The Last 10 Seconds trying to recover his memory from a near fatal accident some 3 months earlier and we are treated to a real thrill ride as the mystery of his memory slowly unravels with the help of Tina.

Vel's Book Nook
Jul 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful and thrilling read! This book got me from start to finish. The story is about Matthew Barron who woke up from a coma and can't remember a single thing about his past. He is haunted by nightmares. After not making much progress in psychotherapy he is contacting ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd. He needs her to find out who he really is and where those nightmares are coming from.
Tina is a great character and I love to see her back! If you read other books by Kernic
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
It took a few chapters to get into this, but then I couldn't help but get caught up in the story. It's definitely fast paced and a darned good read. I really liked the fact that when Matt finally got his memory and his life back, he turned out to be not a very nice guy.

The short story 'Dead Man's Gift' was also good - although a little but of belief suspension is needed to see it all go down like it did.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, a really interesting read and an unusual plot. At first I thought it was stretching the bounds of believability, but the author pulls it off and it worked for me. I enjoyed it very much and didn't want to put it down. It stands alone very well, although it is part of a series which I shall be tracking down now! ...more
Sarah Stocks
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any books from this author before picking this up in a Charity basket as it looked intriguing! I was not wrong....just wish I had read the previous books but to be fair it did not matter...this kept the pace throughout and kept you guessing all the way....I do like Tina Boyd and Sean will this be the last we see of him?
Giles Guest
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-thriller
Pretty much one long chase scene. 48 hours of "man on the run"
Not bad and Kernick keeps up pace but the story is not as engaging as other books of his and it's jsut not as good as other Kernick books.
Simon Jones
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall another excellent book from Mr Kernick. I think I did notice one hole in the plot towards the end - (a call to a phone that should not have existed?) And were the main characters allowed to live just so they can feature in another book?
Su Vida
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
It had a decent amount of suspense but that's about it. I was grossed out by the perverted protagonist and the general perversion which seems to hang in the air involving everyone but Tina Boyd, who is just about the only decent character in the story. ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a nicely amibiguous main character - is he worthy of our sympathy? why should we care?
Kernick paints enough grip that we are pulled through the story, with the help of some of his regular characters.
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Simon Kernick (born 1966 in Slough, Berkshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters. He attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities. Kernick had a passion ...more

Other books in the series

Tina Boyd (7 books)
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  • Relentless (Tina Boyd #2)
  • Deadline (Tina Boyd #3)
  • Target  (Tina Boyd, #4)
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