Out of Time by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes #2
Also in this series: Nine Minutes, A Gift of Time, Tethered Souls
Published by Self-published on July 22nd 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Suspense
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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, the terrifying leader of Satan’s Army motorcycle gang, 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?
Flashbacks and a cast of thousands (maybe a slight exaggeration) fill in the blanks to Ginny, Grunt and Grizz’s story and how they ran out of time. This series should be read in order IMO, so if you haven’t read Nine Minutes, stop reading this now. Click here to read our review of Nine Minutes
Ok, so if you’re still with me, I’m going to assume that you have read Nine Minutes and are wondering what’s next for Ginny. Whereas the first book kicked off with a dramatic scene, this book was written a lot less darker and at a much slower pace. It wasn’t until around the 60% mark that the storyline picked up and I was back on the edge of my seat wondering what was going on. Then at 80%…it was in full swing. Unfortunately at that point I happened upon a one line review that gave a major spoiler, why on earth do people not think! So on I read, knowing what I shouldn’t have known, but it still didn’t prepare me for the last chapter. It’s a cliffy and I don’t think Ginny’s predicament is as clear cut as it appears.
The story starts off with Ginny trying to adjust to her new life Grizz sanctioned. Her family life’s past and present appeared dysfunctional until we begin to learn about Grizz and Grunt’s early years, then it started to look not so bad! This book covers lots of background stories to the three main characters’ childhoods. These stories were grim and sad woven amongst some funny and sweet moments. The situations are far from normal and it’s the great story telling that had me accepting the decisions being made as reasonable options.
There appeared to be lots of red herrings scattered within the story. Knowing who knew what and who they were answering to added to the suspense and drama that has played out in the first two books of this series. Knowing who is out of time is a question I am still pondering. I can see I am going to have to set aside some time to take on a refresher reading of Nine Minutes and Out of Time before I begin the next book. It’s been a marathon reading effort to remain focussed but worth it!
What I loved:
• Young Grunt’s enthusiasm to learn and understand, especially questioning the reason for bras 🙂
• The revelations
• Mavis’s being there and making such a difference to the ones she looked out for
What I struggled with:
• That the main characters were known by different names or variations of their name
• The number of characters, I stopped counting at 38!
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
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