Review: Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn

Tuesday, September 13
My rating:


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.

****
What I loved:

- The prologue! It was painful, heart wrenching, and had me wishing for a different ending for the rest of the book. I was hooked from the first page - I love that in a book.

What I didn’t love:

- The whole story was sick and twisted. I despised some parts of the book passionately. There were many times I just had to put the book down and walk away, I was so mad at it. And mad at myself for caring what happened to these awful people! But care I did.

Overall…

I've veered wildly between rating this book as a seriously disturbing 1 star read or giving it a big, fat, glorious 5. But what the hell - I'm going all in. As much as the story made me nauseous, and I had far too many 'what the shit am I reading?' moments - it affected me. Every time I put it down I was drawn back into it's twisted, pull-you-down-like-quicksand darkness.

It's not warm fuzzy, and from the prologue you'll know it's not a fairy tale romance, and the twists to the story are fantastic. Nine Minutes was well written, enthralling, and I have no doubt it'll stay with me for a long time. That's gotta be worth 5+ stars ❤️
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