5 AMAZING STARS!!! This book makes me want to reevaluate my rating system… because how can this be just a “5”. It is so much more. This book has been at the top of my TBR list for awhile, but the story just sounded like something I could never get behind…. so it kept getting bypassed for books I thought I would like better. I was wrong. THIS IS BETTER. BETTER THAN BETTER….. It captured me from the very beginning. This smart, relatable girl made a bad decision and it changed her life. HER WHOLE LIFE.
“I knew as well as he did that he deserved what he was getting. It was strange. I thought knowing it and believing it would make it easier, but it didn’t. I thought I would get through his execution unscathed emotionally. But I was only fooling myself.”
I reluctantly started this book, because I found out the sequel (Out of Time) was released this week. I thought I would finally just get it off my list, and out of the way and it wouldn’t be staring at me everytime I tried to decide what to read next. I started it while I put my kids down for their nap, and got absolutely nothing done for the rest of the day. I COULD NOT STOP READING. I just couldn’t. I kept saying “I’ll just finish this last chapter… and another… and another” until it was just “let me finish this book”. The twists and turns just kept on and most of them I never saw coming.
RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND OLDER DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS, AND VIOLENCE. This is Book One in a series. 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.