Book Review – Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

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.

5 stars

I have so many feelings as I finish this book.  This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before – a totally unique storyline.  I’m glad I gave this book a chance, because, I will admit – I’m a cover whore, and I HATED the cover of this book.

I was hooked from the first page.  I instantly liked Ginny (Kit).  She was wise beyond her years, due to the fact that she was raised by a hippie mother she couldn’t call mom.  At 15, she is offered a ride home from a man on a motorcycle, but he doesn’t take her home.  He takes her to the motel that would become her home – a motel occupied by Satan’s Army.  She is presented as a “gift” to Grizz, the group’s leader.  Turns out it wasn’t a gift after all….

This book had so many twists, turns and unexpected surprises.  Yes, there are some things about the story that disturbed me (Grizz, a man likely in his thirties, obsessed with a 15 year old girl, the violence), but overall, this story was so well written and engaging.  I loved the characters in this book – and most of them were criminals.  Moe was my favorite character – I just loved her.  I loved Grunt too.

The end of this book shocked me – I read it three times.  I’m still in shock.  Left a lot of unanswered questions.  I hope they are answered in the next book.  This is a great book, and I would highly recommend it.

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