Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC: 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes

by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Fiction


"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.

Hi Sarah!!  We’re so excited to have your book in our FFBC Tours, and can’t wait to ask you a couple of questions about your new book 13 MINUTES!!


Favorite Book?

How can there be only one? That would be so weird! I love lots of books. I loved the Narnia books, most of Stephen King's books, John wyndham, Du Maurier, and on and on and on up to Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours. Too many to choose from!

Favorite TV show?

As above, I don't tend to have one. I love what ever I'm watching at any given time but I rarely re-watch stuff. Recently I loved Hannibal, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Fargo – again too many to choose from.

Favorite movie?

Sunset Boulevard is up there, Gilda is another. I love old movies. But also, The Thing, the Alien films, The Godfather movies. I watch a lot of movies and love most of them.

Favorite Song?

I'm sounding like a broken record here – pun intended – but I don't have one. I guess The Beatles – I Feel Fine is probably up there.

Favorite Food?

All food;-). I love food. Mushrooms I love best. And ice-cream.

Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Derry, Narnia – or at least the house with the wardrobe, and Toontown from Jessica Rabbit.

What were your favorite books growing up?

I loved Peter Pan and I loved the Enid Blyton books when I was very small. I read a lot growing up though so I went through phases of lots of different things. Wilbur Smith, Jean Plaidy, Roald Dahl, James Herbert and on and on...

 Favorite Quote?

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” Or in fact most quotes by Dorothy Parker.

What are your fandoms?

I don't have any fandoms. I don't have a fan bone in my body. I've never had posters on the walls, wanted signatures, or anything like that. It's just not part of me.

Name a book you read recently that you would recommend to our YA-ers.

It's not so new anymore but I still think Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill is a fabulous and very worthwhile read.


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about 13 MINUTES?

13 Minutes is the story of a very popular girl called Natasha who is found in a frozen river where's she's been dead for 13 Minutes. When she's revived, she can't remember the two days leading up to the accident, and she starts to wonder if it wasn't an accident at all. It's about the good and bad stuff of teenage girls' friendships.

What 2 hashtags would you most associate with your book? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would instantly make you think of 13 MINUTES.) 

#Bestfriends4eva #Barbies 

How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

I'd actually read a news article and watched a documentary about an American schoolgirl who was murdered by her two best friends. That was my basis for the book, although this is obviously very different, but that news story reminded me of how powerful the dynamics of girls' friendships could be.

Tell us your favorite quote from 13 MINUTES.

“He should have thought about that before sticking his dick into the serving girl...” Natasha in her diary about the character John Proctor in the Crucible which is their school play who inadvertently starts the Salem Witch trials by sleeping with him and his wife's maid.

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through?

I enjoyed writing most of it – it's a fun thriller and so I liked the characters. They were great to play with. Newspaper reports and psychiatrist conversations were tricky because you have to get those right in tone.

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for 13 MINUTES– Which one would you pick? 

I'm too old to pick the right tune for that! But I'd love to hear what teenage readers would choose! It would have to be something modern and dark that teenage girls like to dance to.

13 MINUTES sounds twisty in all the best ways.  What’s a memorable book or movie that had an ending that you never saw coming?

I'm quite good at guessing twists, but I try not to because I enjoy them. Gone Girl I got the twist but I really enjoyed the reveals about their characters, which were mini-twists in themselves.

Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read 13 MINUTES (specific music, snacks…)?

I would never play music while reading, but I always heartily recommend snack. We have a chocolate bar in the UK called a Crunchie which features in the book so those would be good!

What’s next for you?

Well, I write for adults as well so I've had Behind Her Eyes out in both UK and US and several other countries, I've just handed in the new adult book and I'm just starting a new YA thriller. 

Thanks Sarah!!

I LOVED Louise O'Neill's ASKING FOR IT, so I'll definitely have to try ONLY EVER YOURS!!  AND YES to mushrooms.  They've been my favorite food for the past year for some reason :)

I'd love to see if any teen readers have suggestions as a theme song.  I'm not very good at matching books with songs (and I'm also not a teenager, LOL).

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London. 

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough

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  1. I have this thriller on my TBR. I enjoy the premise and can't wait to read it. The promised twist puts this actually on my must-read list.

  2. Great interview! This book was a bit outside my usual genre but I really enjoyed it :)

  3. Interesting review. I love books about teenagers and there is also a mystery, so I am intrigued. Will keep this book in mind to read it as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing.