Caro’s Review: Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Posted August 11, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Nine Minutes by Beth FlynnNine Minutes by Beth Flynn
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Published by Self Published on July 23rd 2014
Genres: Romance
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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.


Book Review: 3 stars

So, this was the book every romance-novel lover is talking about right now. Sad to say this, but for me it fell flat. Could have been my too high expectations but I think it had a great deal to do with the author’s writing. Instead of letting me build up my own emotions – which I could only conjure up when one of the side-characters died – I felt she told me how I should feel. Everything was very explicit, aside from the sex-scenes and the really interesting facts. And yeah, I don’t want to be the kill-joy, but in a story set with this background, I would have loved there to be more graphic sex. Plus, the author obviously wanted to pronounce her tough-around-the-edges characters in bringing out the shock-factor full force. Goddammit, I can overlook a lot but to write about non-plot-related stuff that is therewith unnecessary, just to shock the readers, I highly advise the author to think about where her story might be lacking, so that he/she doesn’t need to bring out the big guns, literally.

Aside from my obvious biggest problem with the book, I only liked the female MC, although she was a real doormat in my opinion. But aside from her and one other character, who obviously (if I guessed the prologue right) ended up being the proverbial consolation prize in this whole scenario, which is a total no-go for me, I couldn’t have cared less about the other characters in this story. The male MC? I didn’t know what to think about him until the very end. I was kind of fascinated by him and scared senseless on the other hand, all at the same time. Suffice it to say, I don’t like it when my books make me bi-polar.

On the positive side, I liked the tender and sweet facets of the book, although here goes the same as above, the lack of emotions made that only a fraction of what I think it could have been, would I have been able to be invested in the story.

All in all, I rate “Nine Minutes” with 2,5 – 3 stars and can recommend to pick it up and try for yourself, because obviously it’s more the case of “it’s me, not the book” here, seen as so many readers loved it. I will stop with this series here and now, simply because I’m not interested in more information about the characters and despite this being a bit of a cliffhanger-ending. In this case though, I take it as what it is and call it quits. Due to violence, mild sexual contents and references to drug-abuse, I’d advise readers to be 18 years or older.


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