Title – Out Of Time
Author – Beth Flynn
Publication Date – July 22, 2015
Series – Nine Minutes Trilogy, #2
They thought with his execution it would all be over.
They were wrong.
The leader of one of South Florida’s most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs has been put to death by lethal injection. Days later, his family and friends should have been picking up the pieces, moving on. Instead, they’ve been catapulted into a world so twisted and dangerous even the most ruthless among them would be stunned to discover the tangled web of deception, not only on the dangerous streets of South Florida but all the way to the top.
In this gripping follow-up novel to Nine Minutes, Out of Time takes readers from the sun-drenched flatlands of 1950s Central Florida to the vivid tropical heat of Fort Lauderdale to the halls of Florida’s Death Row as we finally learn the gritty backstory of Jason “Grizz” Talbot and the secret he spent his life trying to conceal.
Not even Grizz’s inner circle knows his full story—the tragedy that enveloped his early life, the surprise discovery that made him the government’s most wanted and most feared, and the depths of his love for Ginny, the tenderhearted innocent he’d once abducted and later made his wife.
Once Grizz’s obsession and now the mother of his child, Ginny has spent years grieving the man she’d first resisted and then came to love. Now remarried to Tommy, a former member of the gang, the pair have spent more than a decade trying desperately to live a normal existence far from the violent, crime-ridden world they’d once carved out on the edge of the Florida Everglades. For Tommy, especially, the stakes are high. Desperately in love with Ginny for years, he’s finally living his dream: married to the woman he never thought he could have. But even with the façade of normalcy—thriving careers, two beautiful children, and a genuinely happy and loving marriage—they can’t seem to put the past behind them. Every time they turn around, another secret is revealed, unraveling the very bonds that hold them together.
And with Grizz finally put to death, now Ginny has learned secrets so dark, so evil she’s not even sure she can go on.
Will these secrets tear their love to pieces? And how far will Grizz go to protect what he still considers his, even from beyond the grave?
Holy mother of mercy…what the heck did I just read?! Beth Flynn’s Out of Time left me absolutely breathless, quite literally panting for more of the story. We are, yet again, thrown into this world of Kit’s, navigating through the twists and turns of her insane life. I knew dealing with the aftermath of Grizz’s death would be difficult so I honestly didn’t expect the story to grip me in the same way that the first book of the series did, but boy was I wrong.
“Ginny, I didn’t know who I was in this world.”
Kit and Grunt are now forced to face their past, even the things that seemingly didn’t matter. I felt so sad and so angry during some of these chapters that I really sympathized for Kit. I could completely understand her complicated emotions and where they were stemming from. However, I also felt so much emotion toward Grizz! His backstory and history was just gut-wrenching at times. Together, Kit and Grunt literally had to sit there and untangle a web of lies and deceit, only to feel like it uncovered more half truths. The storyline, and the style in which it was delivered, was so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading. I had to taste every single morsel that Flynn was dropping, outside world be damned!
“Someone’s brother, someone’s son, a criminal, a student, someone evil, or someone kind.”
There are honestly not enough amazing things I can say about this author’s writing. She must have a timeline map drawn out somewhere of all the ways she wants to surprise her readers because of how convoluted the plots are. Flynn would drop these little hints all throughout the novel and then present a giant explosion where my head literally was like ‘whoa – mind blown’! Furthermore, I absolutely, truly love the way that she skips to different time periods, past and present. While I admit that it can sometimes be a confusing tactic to use, it really works in this instance. The method kept me motivated to read, broke up some of the harder pieces to handle, and certainly added to the mysterious element of the series.
“But when you came into my life, I knew who I wanted to be.”
Out of Time is written in a bit of a different style from Nine Minutes, but it honestly made the book that much more fresh for me. I’ll admit that I was a tad apprehensive as I approached the end in regards to how Flynn would continue this series because everything seemed to be wrapping up nicely. Then, true to the author’s style, I was hit with a hardball out of left field. My eyes bulged, my jaw dropped, and I wanted more! I’m so anxious to see how she will continue the story in the third book and just where she’ll take these characters. They’ve seemed to grow, but are still so much who they’ve always been at the core. Now I sit here, biting my nails, just waiting to hear a release date!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes Trilogy, #1)
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.