Nine Minutes (Beth Flynn)


On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Nope. There may have been some things in the story that I couldn’t help but feel odd about but all in all I was absorbed.

The prologue was really good. It got me hooked. Your writing for a first novel was good Beth! It wasn’t astonishing to me but it was good. I didn’t feel like there was a certain style and since it was such a quick read maybe that’s what is for the best with this book. Kudos for Beth though. The prologue was killer and sucked me in (how every prologue should be like that in my opinion). However, most of the time I rolled my eyes at Ginny.

I GET that she was emotionally neglected as a child. I get it, I do. But WHY was she so quick to accept her fate? WHY didn’t she try to escape from that motel? I understand that she might have felt “numb” to her position but she seemed to be way too comfortable with the gang and joining them. Where was her fear? 15 years old, come on. Be scared. Struggle. Cry. Give me something.

 photo does-not-get-it_zpsc2150047.gifAlso, important events felt (to me) like they were randomly just thrown all over the storyline. Characters motives seemed to me altered at times. Like, “this is happening now but THIS will happen in the future). DONT tell me an answer or the future in the middle of a book! I think this was intended to create a big shocking (GASP!) feel and although it caused me to do a double take 99% of the time, in the end I found myself questioning if Beth just sat down and wrote this book straight through. this book from start to finish as thoughts. No stopping. No gathering.

A lot happens in this story, some of it is very dark and there are some stellar twists and turns. The ending was alright. While I predicted part of it, there were still surprises. There are still questions. I liked that. I hate that I can’t give you spoilers because my favorite parts and twists would ruin the story for you. I thought the twists were nicely planned. A huge touché moment.

Very nice job, debut novel. NICE!


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