Thursday, November 20, 2014

REVIEW... NINE MINUTES by 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.
 


Nine Minutes GOODREADS


THIS BOOK NERD SAYS: 

"A story about a man who has loved me from the very beginning, from the first glance." 
I picked up this book because I was seeing so many rave reviews and posts about the book. I thought if a book could initiate so much conversation, then I definitely wanted to check it out. I can now see why. 
This was one of those books that completely pulled me in from the first few paragraphs and didn't let me go until the end. It was written in a memoir-like style as we learn about Ginny Lemon's abduction and her subsequent life as she spends the next years among a South Florida notorious motorcycle gang. I am hesitant to talk about any more of the story for fear that an unintentional spoiler would happen so I'm going to let the book blurb speak for itself. 

However I will say this (just in case you are like me and have the same hesitations)...
I was a very wary of this story because of the ages of the MCs. I think most people would be unnerved by the same thing, so I want to clarify, even though there's a lot of gory details about Ginny's life that made me cringe and wonder why I felt drawn in, I still kept reading. I already stated the age difference brings a lot of things into serious question, there's also A LOT of crime and overall violence. 
It is a story of a child being abducted, that's why I found it difficult to understand the classification of it being a love story. 
But at the end, I can say there is a definite love story. Even if you are tempted not to continue reading, please know that for me the book shot to 4 stars within the last sixty pages or so. By the time I read the last two chapters my mind was completely blown. Truly it was the end of the book that made me understand the hype around it. 
It was one of those YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA endings. I even went back to reread it to make sure I read everything the right way. I did... so the shock continued. 
I also felt a pull of suspense given what we read in the prologue. While my gut guess was correct to a tiny portion of the ending, I still was blown away by the ending (^^ See above shock reaction). 
When I found out a book two was coming it immediately got clicked onto my TBR list because now I just need to know. 





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