I am KICKING myself!! Read my review of Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn to find out why!
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.
My heart hurts. I’ve been asked if I have a pulse, never mind if I heart, because I hardly ever cry at books. And I mean hardly ever! But this book… It hurt. It still does. I just couldn’t stop the tears. That last paragraph…that last line… Ugh, my heart. This is without a doubt a book which will stay with me for years to come, and is easily a favourite book of 2016.
I think it was the fact that the book is set in the 70’s that put me off reading it for so long, even though I have a huge love of biker books. I finally loaded it up on my Kindle and decided to give it a shot before the author attends Four Brits Book Fest in June, and oh my word… To say I devoured this book (and it’s sequel) was an understatement.
I became so obsessed with this story t hat I just couldn’t stop reading. I read and cried my way through this book in just one day, and then started on the sequel. within two days, I ‘d read both books, and by the following day, I started on an instant re-read. They were just that incredible. I loved this heart wrenching story so much, and even now, it’s been weeks and weeks since I first read them and I just can’t over Grizz and Ginny’s story.
The first two books in this series completely took me over, and I can’t wait for the third and final book, releasing this summer, to do the same. Absolute must reads!
A GIFT OF TIME – Out Summer 2016!
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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 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters 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 five-year breast cancer survivor.