Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
13 Minutes

13 Minutes

A Novel

Sarah Pinborough

Flatiron Books

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“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?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.

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It’s so cold, it’s so cold I can’t breathe and I panic hard in the water that is like shards of glass, and for the first time I think I might be in serious trouble. That I might end here. My white joggers and sweatshirt are...

Reviews

Praise for 13 Minutes

13 Minutes is an undeniable page-turner, but don't turn too quickly or you'll risk missing Pinborough's crackling language and nuanced depiction of the thrill—and terror—of adolescent friendships.”
—Tara Altebrando, author of The Leaving and The Possible

"Darkly fascinating…Red herrings lead to a satisfying conclusion.”
—Kirkus

“An intricately plotted, fast-paced crime story...Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History for the Instagram age.”
The Times (London)

“Sophisticated and twisty enough to please adults of all ages.”
The Irish Times

“Masterfully crafted…The book’s evocation of the dark world of school, with all its petty betrayals, casual cruelties and toxic friendships, is painfully spot on.”
The Telegraph

“Perspective is everything in this clever tale.”
Financial Times

“An unsettling psychological thriller, the book plunges you into the frankly scary world of teenage girls.”
Fabulous, Sun on Sunday

”Many, many thrillers have been compared to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller Gone Girl, but Sarah Pinborough’s masterfully crafted YA novel 13 Minutes might be one of the few to actually merit the comparison. The book’s evocation of the dark world of school, with all its petty betrayals, casual cruelties and toxic friendships, is painfully spot on.”
The Telegraph

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About the author

Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough is the award-winning, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes. Behind Her Eyes was praised by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Harlan Coben, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. 13 Minutes has been optioned by Netflix. Sarah lives in London.

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