BOOK REVIEW: Twenty-Seven Minutes by Ashley Tate


Title: Twenty-Seven Minutes
Author: Ashley Tate
Publication: January 30, 2024
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Thrillers
Pages: 384

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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Phoebe Dean was the most popular girl alive and dead.

For the last ten years, the small, claustrophobic town of West Wilmer has been struggling to understand one thing: Why did it take young Grant Dean twenty-seven minutes to call for help on the fateful night of the car accident that took the life of his beloved sister, Phoebe?

Someone knows what really happened the night Phoebe died. Someone who is ready to tell the truth.

With Phoebe’s memorial in just three days, grief, delusion, ambition, and regret tornado together with biting gossip in a town full of people obsessed with a long-gone tragedy with four people at its heart—the caretaker, the secret girlfriend, the missing bad boy, and a former football star. Just kids back then, are forever tied together the fateful rainy night Phoebe died.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book was right up my alley and sounded like a book that I would just sink into and get lost. I had not read a book by Ashley Tate before so this would be very exciting.

The story follows the death of a girl who was left unattended for 27 minutes and people are skeptical about what they are told happened. While the plot line of this story was really good, it did not hook me. There was a lot of vague information or just a general sense of skirting around the main story where I felt I did not know what was happening and I did not feel engaged.

I did like some of the characters. I felt there were a few that were relatable, but other than that I felt the story just did not flow well and I struggled to want to keep reading. I had to force myself to continue. I wished there had been more cohesiveness to the story and more detail leading up to the big reveal at the very end of the story. I did find the climax to be intriguing and quite surprising, but at that moment it was just a little too late for me. I wanted more sooner in the story.

While this was not a story I enjoyed too much, I believe in everyone trying it themselves. Definitely pick it up and give it a read and let me know what you think.

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