Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1) 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
5 Mind Blowing Stars

All the five star reviews are justified. I couldn’t put this book down! I was a Costco with my new born baby and was sneaking pages! I swear it was just crazy.

Props to Beth Flynn on her debut novel!

Ginney was kidnapped when she was fifteen. Twenty-five years later she is witnessing the man who kidnap her getting ready for execution on death row. This is her story.

Did I lose you?

I went into Nine Minutes not knowing anything. Honestly if I read the summary I would have just skipped it and moved on, but I promise you, it’s worth reading.

Nine Minutes is a nitty, gritty, ugly and very nasty book to read. It’s also very layered, endearing and complex

You will want to buddy read this book or have someone hold your hand.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. It’s very narrative and has a story-telling format. Instead of writing out the scenes, I felt like the Heroine was just re-telling her story, which she is, but I didn’t really want that. Also, the prologue is present tense and foreshadows the book, this is something I can’t stand, but after finishing the story, I understand why this was needed.

What I did love is how fast pace the book was. Ginny got kidnapped right away and each chapter was like bam bam bam excitement and new developments.

The story is simply about Ginny’s kidnaping and her relationship with her kidnapper, Grizzy. Grizzy is head of a MC. He’s not your typical Hero. He’s ruthless, he’s a killer and he has no remorse. The only thing that can bring him to his knees is Ginny. Ginny is not your typical Heroine. She’s isn’t a damsel in distress and she doesn’t cry. She kind of takes things in and does what she needs to survive.

You would think the whole book is Ginny’s struggle being with Grizzy but in reality it’s her struggle in being connected to the gang. She forms friendships with other people in the gang and it kind of shows her internal struggles.

What makes this book worked so well for almost everyone is the fact you never know what’s going to happen. You feel like you have a grasp on something and then the author just blows your mind. I loved it.
I can’t wait for book two.

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 16 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 30 years and have two daughters (the youngest in high school) and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a four-year breast cancer survivor.

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