Blog Tour for 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (review and giveaway)




Welcome to my stop on the 13 Minutes Blog Tour!


Summary from Goodreads:

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?




“Mean Girls for the Instagram age.”

The Times (London)

The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back:

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.

Natasha 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. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?


My thoughts:

13 Minutes is hard to put down!

There really is no character to like in this book. Honestly, that was hard for me. There is usually one person. I thought I would like Becca, but she was so insecure and needy. I also didn’t like how she treated her friend, Hannah.

Natasha was found by a man, Jamie, who was walking his dog. She was in cold water in the woods. The doctors said she was dead for 13 minutes. Natasha wakes up and has no memory of what happens. She talks to a therapist and starts a diary. During this time, she reconnect with her old best friend, Becca. Tasha doesn’t trust her best friends, Jenny and Haley, anymore. She isn’t sure why, but she thinks they know what happened to her.

Becca is thrilled to have Tasha back. Tasha dumped Bex when they were younger. Becca was too fat and it ruined her image. Becca started calling Tasha, Haley, and Jennny The Barbies. It was meant to be negative, but Tasha liked it. They became The Barbies to everyone. They were the beautiful girls who everyone wanted to be friends with. Every girl wanted to be them and every boy in school wanted to be with them. But they were not nice. At all. These are the mean girls in high school who make everyone else feel horrible about themselves.

We start to see some text messages between Haley and Jenny throughout the book that makes you think they are a bit evil. Each person in the book tends to have secrets and they aren’t all what they seem. There is definitely some crazieness going on in at least one person’s head.

Most of the chapters alternate between Tasha and Becca. Throughout the book, you’ll start to think you have everything all figured out and then there is another twist. It makes it hard to put the book down and I ended up reading in larger amounts at a time than I planned. The amount of suspense was good and I ended up really liking how the book ended.

If you like twisty mysteries, you will probably like this one, too. There is talk of sex and drugs throughout the book in case anyone needs a warning for that. I can’t really say too much about the book without possibly giving something away.

I gave this book 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

I won an advanced copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. It in no way determined how I reviewd this book.




About the author:




Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough


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One ARC of 13 Minutes.

US Only

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Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble


Book Depository

Anderson’s Bookshops


Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.




Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

12 thoughts on “Blog Tour for 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (review and giveaway)”

  1. I was feeling bad because I felt the same way! I really did not like any of the characters. Each had their own flaws…some more major than others. Great review 🙂 I like the new cover but I also really like the old cover too.

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