REVIEW: 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper


Jill Cooper. June 15th 2013

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.


Firstly, love the cover. It’s very intriguing and totally fits the story. Couldn’t have been better.

This is a story exploring the ‘What if’s that usually exist out there. In this case, Lara went back in time to save her mother who was killed ten years back. And of course, it changed history and her whole life. Suddenly, she’s living a life of another person.

Some of the decisions that Lara made were immature and rushed but as it is YA, it’s totally believable. I liked her as the main character. She could have thought things more through but she still tried to do what’s right and it showed.

The plot here was very interesting. I like experiencing the merging of the two timelines, how we are experiencing it together with Lara. As a thriller, it was intriguing and well paced. Suddenly, everybody seemed shady even though they were okay in the previous timeline and I really like the feelings of doubt and exhilaration that I had while reading this.



Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundaries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances. Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.



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