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13 Minutes

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  4,833 Ratings  ·  972 Reviews
Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal.

Now Natasha’s two cl
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by Gollancz
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Jess It was ballsy and I was actually pleased to see YA behavior portrayed in a manner that comes across as realistic. As far as the sex scenes being too…moreIt was ballsy and I was actually pleased to see YA behavior portrayed in a manner that comes across as realistic. As far as the sex scenes being too detailed, the author toed the line but she did so very well. It's enough to compose a mental picture but over so quickly that it isn't the standout moment of the book. Personally. I am sick of YA novels that use sex as foreshadowing something REALLY bad happening... because only virgins have happy endings? Let's be real here: kids are already reading MUCH more graphic sex scenes... I started grabbing Harlequin's at age 12. They didn't encourage me to run out and start screwing around. (less)
Asteropê Gollancz, which this book is published under, is an UK Publisher. When I checked Amazon UK for the ASIN it came up with no issue: …moreGollancz, which this book is published under, is an UK Publisher. When I checked Amazon UK for the ASIN it came up with no issue:

As it is now, it seems this book is not published in the US as an ebook yet. If you are in the UK, though, you can get the book with no issue. The ASIN assigned to books, often is used for all Kindle editions, whether they are on US, UK, AUS and other country Amazon sites, so the Kindle edition on here, with the ASIN is not incorrect's just not linking to the right Amazon because if you are in the US and click it, it'll automatically send you to the US site, not the others. Basically, wires are being crossed. The book is only available in the UK (or non-US countries) in Kindle format, at the moment and so you'd need to check the correct Amazon (in this case UK) for the working retail site.

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Lola  Reviewer
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, well, well … I know a couple of new names that belong in the Burn Book.

The names of those who are still alive, anyway. *evil laugh*

Natasha died for 13 minutes. She drowned in the lake. Now, some people believe it was intentional, but why would Natasha, the most popular girl in school, commit suicide?

And why are Hayley and Jenny, her closest friends, acting so weird lately?

I needed a mystery book with teenage drama. Normally I’m not so specific about what I need, but I thought I’d read th
Liz Barnsley
13 minutes is a brilliantly constructed YA crime novel – and psychological thriller- that has some incredibly fascinating characters, that magical Sarah Pinborough touch when it comes to getting all up inside your head and is also as addictive as chocolate. More. More addictive than chocolate.

Tasha is pulled from the water and revived – she can’t remember why or how she ended up there but is starting to distrust her closest friendships. She turns to her ex best friend Becca to help her discover
l a i n e y
I’m going to have to stay away from ‘mean girl’ type books I think. At least for now anyway.

I can’t remember the last time I was this indifferent to absolutely every single character in a book like I was here.

There were a lot of words on pages yet characters still pretty much one dimensional for me. The second half got bit better but nothing can save the repetitiveness of the middle.

Quite a letdown I would say. Especially considering how beautiful that cover is.

rating: ★

Melisa - Traveling Sister
Sarah Pinborough REALLY caught my attention with Behind Her Eyes (because, you know, #wtfthatending), and I was wondering if it was a one time deal, but after reading this book I actually want to go catch up on her entire back catalog of books. Yes, it was that good.

This YA story relies heavily on today’s use of social media and technology in bullying. I am both at once thankful that I grew up during a time when this didn’t exist yet, yet also extremely frightened for my children. I have read a
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although "13 Minutes" by Sarah Pinborough is marketed as YA I hope it reaches a much much wider audience. The story concerns itself with mainly four or five sixteen year old girls and just how nasty and horribly they treat each other .. Think "Mean Girls" mixed with a healthy dose of mystery woven expertly through the well written plot.

The title "13 Minutes" refers to a young girl Natasha, whose friends call her 'Tasha', who is found floating in a freezing river by a man walking his dog early o
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
But whatever Becca said now might come back on her in bitchy subtweets and status updates and knowing looks. Words ran like barbed wire around the teenage community of this small town, ready to scratch and tear and snag you.

What struck me most about 13 Minutes was the dark, gritty, toxic reality of female friendships displayed here. Girls can be such bitches in high school (because that's the age we're talking here). They backstab without thinking (or better yet, not caring) of who they are h
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One morning a man is out walking his dog when the dog seems to see something to get him worked up so investigating further the man comes across a young girl in the icy water. When he sees the girl move a bit he jumps into action calling for help and jumping in to save her and perform CPR until the authorities arrive and take over.

After being revived Natasha has no memory of what landed her in the freezing water that morning that lead to her being dead for thirteen minutes. She really can't reme
Kate (GirlReading)
I have very mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, it was an intense, gripping thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish. On the other hand, I disliked every single character. They were nasty, cruel and I didn't care for them at all but I'm assuming that was mostly intentional, considering the book. There were also examples of homophobic and ableist language being used and the constant focus on weight, dieting etc was something I didn't enjoy in the slightest. Trivialising and d ...more
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Flatiron Books, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion: *Sigh*…do you feel it guys? October is coming. Oooooh the leaves are beginning to fall; the air is starting to smell like brisk air and dying trees! Girls are buying pumpkin spice lattes, and those lovely goths and wicken’s are patiently waiting for Halloween. So here I am, giving the gift of words to put you in the mood of October…if you haven’t yet transitioned. A story with drow
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“What’s the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?”

First things first for all of you who have been following along . . . . .

IT’S A MAJOR AWARD! I read the required five selections for the Winter Reading Challenge and since I have no ability to limit myself – especially when it comes to mysteries and thrillers, I have a whole bunch more checked out/on hold at the library.

13 Minutes came on my radar due to a comment my fri
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley.)

“I wish she’d died.”

This was a YA mystery story, featuring a girl who’d been dead for 13 minutes, and then revived.

We had several important characters in this book, not least of all Natasha who was dragged from a river and dead for 13 minutes. It was quiet easy to feel sorry for Natasha, especially when it seemed like her friends might have been trying to kill
Holly Bourne
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Utterly addictive - I raced through it in two days. Can't wait to see the Netflix series.
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YA has lost its edge for me lately. There are only so many wallpaper fantasy novels and "first love" romance novels that I can handle before I start to feel like I've eaten too much Halloween candy. I used to read YA exclusively but lately I've mostly limited myself to romance novels and, of course, nonfiction.

But 13 MINUTES, with its unique premise, called to me. What if a girl died for 13 minutes, only to be brought back, and couldn't rem
Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for providing an ARC for review.

Sarah Pinborough boasts two of my favorite things: she is a masterful writer and she's British. When I saw the opportunity to read 13 Minutes, her upcoming American release, I knew I had to have it. I enjoy reading YA contemporary romance from time to time, but never before had I read a YA crime novel. This book is top-notch with twists and turns I didn't see coming. It is Mean Girls on cr
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
When they pull Natasha out of the river, she's been dead for thirteen minutes. Thirteen dark, cold minutes. It's amazing the teenager even lives; in fact, it's just pure luck that a man and his dog stumble upon her and pull her from the river's icy clutches. Tasha, as she's known, has no memory of how she wound up in the river, but she knows it wasn't intentional on her part. In fact, she's pretty sure two of her closest friends, Hayley and Jenny, had something to do with it. The two seemed weir ...more
Chinouk Thijssen
Geniaal, briljant, gewoon echt geweldig!
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I'm really impressed at just how much I enjoyed 13 Minutes. I'm not usually a big YA reader (although I have enjoyed various books from this genre in the past, I do tend to read adult fiction in general), but I do love a good thriller regardless of what age it's aimed at, and this novel was so gripping and intriguing that I just couldn't stop reading!

The writing is very engaging and really drew me in. As the novel is aimed at the YA market it is, at times, a littl
Angie Dokos
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dang! Teenage girls can be so freaking mean. I received the ARC of 13 Minutes from Flatiron Books. I enjoyed it. It was intense. I didn't really like any of the characters. I felt sorry for all of them, but didn't really "connect" with them. It was a good book; worth reading, but not one of my favorites.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

No joke, I was left breathless and a little shaken after I finished this book, feeling like I had just stepped off the world’s scariest roller coaster. Being a fan of the author since her supernatural historical horror novel Mayhem, I knew full well her talent for writing thrills and dramatic suspense, but 13 Minutes was something else. This is Sarah Pinborough at her best.

The story told through the eyes of two teenagers,
I kind of expected the twist at the end, yet it still surprised me. I had no idea what was going on 20% of the time, but damn this book is so good. (Original rating: 4 stars)

Update (March 4th 2017): A week after I finished this book, it's still bothering me a bit. Not because it leaves an impression that lingers, but because I feel like it's not as good as I first judged it to be. When I actually think about it, it left me with some questions, and the writing style was all over the place. So I'm
Updated Review:

3.5 out of 5 Stars.

"We have secrets together now. We should at least be Facebook friends."

Pitched as "Mean Girls for the Instagram age," 13 Minutes centers on a group of truly heinous British teens that are simply too vindictive to function.

Long gone are the days of secret carbo loading and trying to make "fetch" happen.

Instead, we're introduced to the "Barbies" -- a trio of blonde BFFS -- that take maintaining the high school hierarchy to a drastic new level. 

Told through m
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

It's definitely one of the best books I've read this year. The main characters and their complex personalities are both terrifying and terrific because we all know people like that.

The plot is gripping, you won't be able to stop reading and when you think you know it all ,it's when you know nothing at all.

A must read for fans of YA lit and for those interested in an intensive course on deception.It won't disappoint you.
Jessica Avery
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I won an ARC of this book from a goodreads giveaway. It was amazing. There are twists and turns and I really didn't see the ending coming. Highly recommend
4.5/5 ster. Normaal rond ik sterren af naar beneden, maar dit is een uitzondering omdat ik helemaal in shock ben door het verhaal als geheel. Ondanks een klein minpuntje vond ik dit boek fantastisch en zo goed in elkaar gezet! Lees hier mijn recensie.
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
13 Minutes is a masterfully crafted YA Thriller. It’s like Mean Girls on crack and had me so addicted that I’d stay up late into the early hours of the morning to read it.

Tasha is your notorious mean girl so when she’s revived after being dead for thirteen minutes in icy water she knows that this wasn’t an accident and that many people have a reason to want her dead. Her two sidekicks “the barbies” are acting suspiciously so, with nobody to trust and no memory of what happened that night, Tasha
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Though I have never read Sarah Pinborough before, I have heard so much about her ability with language. In this book, I didn't notice it at all. And I mean that in the best possible way. I was so immersed in the story of this small group of girls; the words, tone, feelings were so perfectly them that the pages flashed before my eyes and all I saw was the characters.

13 Minutes may be a YA psychological thriller but there is so much truth in the relationships between people in the book that exten
Monica Haak
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. Bizar. Zo goed :O

Mijn recensie lees je hier:
Lia Bonnibel  (pidgey)
Aside from the fact that I completely loved to loathe every single one of these characters (except Biscuit the Dog) and that I'd pimp slap myself for not expecting that ending, this was one heck of a good book!
I'll definitely read more from this author.
Alexa ❤️
'it's brought back how much I wanted to keep them. How I would have let them be bitches to me forever if I could have stayed in the circle. I was such a loser' (Becca Crisp page 58).

4.5 Stars.

I would describe 13 Minutes as - Mean girls meets physiological crime / thriller.

13 Minutes is full of lies, deceit and manipulation. Not only are the characters manipulated but readers are as well into think whose good and bad but throughout the book our perceptions of each character changes as more
If you've read a few mysteries here and there and also possess some background info on mean girls, you'll be perfectly at home here in this story about a clique gone bad and the former-insider-now-outsider who gets sucked back in.

In this corner, we've got the popular Barbies

Haley, the cool and aloof sporty one, Natasha, the wealthy little ringleader, and Jenny, the bombshell who likes catting around.
In the other corner, weighing in at not-a-fat-kid-anymore, is Becca, former BFF with Natasha and
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and is in development for television with Left Bank productions. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Cross Her Heart' comes out from HarperFiction in t ...more
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