Monday, December 01, 2014

the DNF journal: Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Series: Nine Minutes #1
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance
Source: Purchased

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 picked up this book due to the many five star reviews being posted by fellow readers. I tend to like dark romances, so thought I would give it a shot.  It is definitely one of those times where I feel like the book I was reading was not the same one everyone else read.

The prologue starts off promising. That's where the promise ended, for me.

I only made it 21%.

Why? A couple of things.

One, the writing was not the type I tend to connect with.  There were multiple situations where a conversation starts, but then ends with the narrator just giving an info dump synopsis of the rest of it.  This makes it really hard for me to connect with characters because I'm not getting their words, or feelings.  A quick two sentence breakdown of something as pivotal as someone explaining a two year obsession with a young girl, needs to have emotions along with it.

Two, the girl...major issues with her. If you are 15 and kidnapped by a biker gang, I assume some sort of breakdown to accompany said kidnap.  Nope. When the biker's show you violence, I expect a breakdown. Nope. Nothing. None of Ginny's reactions felt real to me.  She sleeps along side of her jailer like it the most natural thing in the world.  Umm, pretty sure I would not be getting any sleep.

I just don't get it. At all.  Maybe the five star feels come later in the book. Maybe the writing gets better as it goes along, allowing for more connection to the story and characters.  I just don't have time for that. If I don't feel something for someone by 20%, I wash my hands of it.

But hey, don't take my word for it.  There are plenty of great reviews out there for this one. 

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