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 . . .
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
13 Minutes is another fantastic demonstration of Sarah Pinborough's gifts for telling an enthralling tale. 9/10
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 unsettling psychological thriller, the book plunges you into the frankly scary world of teenage girls
Fabulous, Sun on Sunday
13 Minutes is being pencilled in for my top five books of 2016 - why let the youngsters have all the best tales?
Crime Fiction Lover
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 most exciting premise of the year...surely belongs to Sarah Pinborough's 13 Minutes
For a wonderful, absorbing crime thriller set against the backdrop of teenage menace and melodrama, you need not look further
Words and Wormholes
13 Minutes is a treat to read from start to finish and, without doubt, is a Young Adult novel that should be read and enjoyed by anyone, of all ages. An early contender for a place on my list of 2016's top books.
For Winter's Nights
a highly dramatic and convincing thriller
The Book Bag
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
a fascinating exploration into what can happen when friendships turn toxic and a startlingly insightful look into the inscrutable world of teenagers with a dark supernatural twist. It is a grim reminder that anyone who says school days are the best of your life has probably forgotten what they were like. 13 Minutes is a darker, smarter Heathers, for the Twitter generation.
The ending was typically haunting and overall this was, well, just damn terrific. One of my favourites of the year
Liz Loves Books
sophisticated and twisty enough to please adults of all ages
The Irish Times
Good characters, good plot, good pace GOOD BOOK! Do check it out.
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.
This is an exceptional, contemporary, thoughtprovoking thriller from an award-winning novelist.
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.
Overall 13 Minutes is an unmissable read for lovers of gritty, thrilling YA fiction.
Jess Loves Books
an intricately plotted, fast-paced crime story...Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History for the Instagram age