Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn Book Review

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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.

Melanie’s 2.5 Star Review:

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn has been getting remarkable traction, many reviews read “mind blowing”, “favorite read of the year” so I was very much intrigued and decided to finally give it a try. I am an MC fanatic. I love that leather clad men who don’t even blink an eye when taking a rival’s life could also be romantic and caring outside of it. The best and sexiest juxtaposition in my opinion. This to me is what was so different about Nine Minutes. For me the engine was always revved to the maximum, never allowing me to fully see the “other side” of the coin. Everything about this book was well calculated and so filled with cunningness. I ached for that touch of romance though I think that the author in her way did try and incorporate that. However, much to my dismay, it may just have been too well disguised.

Grizz character was just too gruff and too intense for me and I know that this was exactly what the author wanted and well, she pulled that off well… Again, he just wasn’t the man for me. I was troubled by how easy Ginny felt at home and how calm she was around her captors. It may truly have been her naivety, her young age, a deep seeded need of belonging… but I was disturbed by it so much that I couldn’t even really sympathize for her because she was so accepting of the situation. The chemistry between Grizz and Ginny for me was lacking, I wish that we could have seen more of that intensity that Grizz felt towards her actually take shape rather than just in his sporadic profession of how much she meant to him.

Beth did a great job with the plot—the twists and turns were unpredictable and not many authors could pull that guise throughout the entire book. Like so many, I was shocked by the revelation at the end. I hated myself in some way for not being able to connect with the characters more because I know if I had and with the way the book ended, I would have been begging for mercy; shamelessly salivating for the follow-up book.

About the Author:

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in South Florida, Beth and her husband have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.


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