Title – Nine Minutes
Author – Beth Flynn
Publication Date – July 23, 2014
Series – Nine Minutes Trilogy, #1
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.
I’ve been struggling for hours to find the words to adequately describe how I feel after finishing Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. Unfortunately, I’m still lacking proper verbiage. This is the first book in a really long time that has gripped me in the way that it did. I picked it up before bed expecting to get maybe a chapter or two in, was forced to put it down three hours later, and picked it back up the moment I woke up. I am always a tad hesitant to dive into a captor/abductee storyline, but Nine Minutes was superbly done and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
“I loved numbers. I still love numbers. I love how they never lie. They always fit. There is always a constant.”
When I read the blurb, I really expected it to have a dark, formulaic MC romance feel to it. However, I’m pleased to say that it definitely was in no way, shape, or form predictable. While it features a motorcycle club, and a gruff alpha male, that’s about the extent of where I could point out similarities to other books I’ve read in the genre. There were so many twists and turns that every time I thought I could see around the bend, I got whiplash (in the best sense) from the surprises. There also didn’t seem to be a lot of conventional romance or sex to the story, but it really ended up working for the characters. As a reader, I could still feel the progression of feelings and love; I easily understood the difference from infatuation or desperation. It was an interesting dynamic to watch play out. I found myself endeared to (almost) every single character we came across in the novel. Though it’s mainly about a handful of people, I was so invested in each person’s past, present, and future.
“And don’t forget Kit, you’re mine. Only mine.”
The style of writing in Nine Minutes is what kept me salivating, to be honest. It was almost part memoir, which made for an insightful read. The way that Flynn wrote it tells the story between present day and events of the past, but also allowed the heroine of the story to reflect about particular happenings. I don’t think I’ve come across a style like it, which resulted in such a compelling and gripping feel. I had to keep turning the pages to see how it would all come together. The author clearly has a stylistic preference and it really works for the way that she wanted to convey her story.
“That was how I coped with all of it. Always had. I stayed away physically and emotionally.”
I picked up this book because it had been on my Kindle for a year – woo hoo for Challenge reads – and I’ll be meeting the author in a couple months. Boy, am I kicking myself in the butt for waiting so long to dive in! Even though we knew one part of the ending because of the way Beth Flynn began, my jaw dropped and my head spun at the big picture. I’m so anxious to jump into the second book and see how she furthers this story. What a phenomenal novel; I honestly have a hard time grasping that it was a debut!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Out of Time (Nine Minutes Trilogy, #2)
A Gift of Time (Nine Minutes Trilogy, #3)
Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in South 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.