Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes #1
Also in this series: Out of Time, A Gift of Time, Tethered Souls
Published by Self-published on July 23, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Available on KU at posting: Yes
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.
When Nine Minutes first came out, some of the Dirty Girls did a Buddy Read on it. I don’t remember why but I missed it, could be I was busy, could be I read the blurb and thought “No way in hell do I want to read that”. I can tell you they were completely split as to whether they rated it one or two stars, or five stars.
It recently came to my attention that we never wrote a review for the blog. This needed to be remedied so I pulled up my big girl panties and read the book all by my lonesome without my DG’s holding my hand. I was quite brave. When I was done, I created a whole new category of reviews called “Why the #$%*@ Did I Like This Book?”. I read it in one sitting, then had to reread Reaper’s Property to get my head back on straight. This book was a mindfuck of the first degree.
If I’m honest, I both loved and hated this book. If you have any hard triggers at all, for the love of God, do not read this book. I mean, this makes Madeline Sheehan’s books look like light reading. There is child neglect, child kidnapping, child rape, adult rape, violence just for the hell of it, murder, drugs…. you name it, it’s probably in there. It is a hard book to read.
It’s not a love story. I take that back, it is, but it’s a really effed up, not acceptable in society one. Kit is kidnapped at the age of 15 and given to Grizz, the President of a notorious MC as an initiation present. Grizz, the main male character (I just can’t bring myself to call him Hero, because he is in no way, shape or form, a hero), not only accepts Kit as his due, he falls for Kit and she becomes his obsession. The only redeeming quality Grizz has is his love for Kit, but when she was still a child I didn’t consider this a redeeming quality, I considered it one of his most damning qualities. She comes of age amongst this group of seriously messed up in the head bikers. Truly, I think she ended up just as nuts as the rest of them. She definitely had a case of Stockholm Syndrome. In some of the other characters you would see glimmers of humanity, then they would do something and you would remember the monster that hides underneath the skin.
I don’t really know what to tell you besides this was a compelling, gritty, violent read. If I tried to explain why I liked it, I would give too much away and that would be a tragedy. The big twist plus the cliffhangerish ending made me want to scream, yet I still liked it (and I absolutely loathe cliffhangers). Not only is this book a train wreck of epic proportions, I can’t wait until the next one, but I’m kind of dreading it too. Maybe I should just go get my head examined.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Stars (but could be 1 Star just as easy)
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