Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth Flynn

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes #1) by Beth FlynnSeries: Nine Minutes #1
on July 19th 2014
Pages: 326 pages
AmazonNarrator: Monique Makena

Book 1 in the Nine Minutes Trilogy.

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 don’t know how to rate this book nor what to say. I am not sure I even liked it but I’m so engrossed that I finished the audiobook in 2 days. Then I quickly got book 2. It’s not the writing, it’s not the characters..maybe it is both. I didn’t dislike Ginny because she was just trying to exist. I just don’t find that Stockholm syndrome to really be “love” as there isn’t consent and there is an amount of brainwashing. This book was the journey of a kidnap victim turned wife of the leader of a motorcycle gang. All these things happening before age 16. The book begins with the trial of her husband kidnapper, the unapologetic and ruthless Grizz.

There was a lot of deceit in this truly complex story. There was statutory rape and generally stalking. But there was a make shift family and loyalty…as much as you can have in a criminal enterprise. So I was intrigued, curious and engrossed with the train wreck effect. I want to find out who Grunt really is because the ending made the nice guy appear to be much more sinister and cunning than I gave him credit to. This triangle with Grizz, Ginny and Grunt wasn’t as clean as I thought.

The fact that I wanted to read book two immediately means that I must like it a little bit, right?

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.