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Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped. Alone. Terrified.

Now forget her ...

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to
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Hardcover, 226 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Oceanview Publishing
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karen
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Tricking someone into thinking he has power is the ultimate power play.

this book is a lot of fun, inasmuch as a book about the abduction of a pregnant 16-year-old girl can be classified as "fun."

however, considering it is about a 16-year-old girl who is anything but helpless and manages to turn the tables on her kidnapper in a very ooh-rah girl power way, i think "fun" is a suitable word.

when i first came across this book, after reading a ton of positive reviews for it here on goodreads, i was
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j e w e l s
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
FOUR STARS Audio

Shannon Kirk is one of my favorite psychological suspense authors. Fairly new to the arena, she has published three novels so far. I was overly obsessed with her last two books: Gretchen: A Thriller and In the Vines. I absolutely had to go back and catch Method 15/33- her debut novel.

Shannon Kirk can tell a story like no one else. This novel is written in first person (the best way for creating tension!!) and is told from two perspectives. We hear, of course, from our
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this! Fast and furious read with a truly engaging main protagonist and a healthy dose of ironic brilliance.

She has been kidnapped - pregnant and held against her will, 16 years old, two FBI agents on the case, you'd expect your normal type of "hang on in there possibly show some guts wait to be rescued" type psychological thriller. Nope. this is not your normal teenager, she has a sharp, focused scientific mind and an ability to turn her various emotions on and off at will.
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Sarah1983
I really struggled to get through this book, I kept putting it down and then going back to it, reading a few pages and putting it down again. I can’t say it was a bad book, it had its faults but it had its redeeming features too. Just wasn’t for me I guess.

I found the main character very hard to connect with which I don’t think helped. She’s detached and emotionless, not through bad writing but because that’s how the character is, and in spite of her predicament I never really felt bad for her
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Jon Recluse
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
As a pregnant teenage girl struggles to survive the clutches of an abductor with a deadly agenda......a teenage girl who has some secrets of her own.....an unbreakable will to survive, a mother's fierce instinct to protect her unborn child, and the brilliant, analytical mind....of a born sociopath.

Kirk deftly transforms the formula into a fast paced ticking time bomb of a tale, as two deadly predators are locked in a battle of wills, while a pair of FBI agents race against the clock.

As sleek and
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Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Pregnant 16 year old Lisa is kidnapped and taken to a house where she’s kept hostage, with the intention of selling her baby to a paying couple, and then killing Lisa. Lisa knows she’s not the first girl to be taken to this house, and she won’t be the last if she can’t escape and stop her captor. Little does her captor know, Lisa is incredibly calculated an unemotional. She spends her time in captivity coming up with a plan to kill him, and playing the part of scared teenager in the meantime.

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Whispering Stories
Opening straight into the plot, on day four of her kidnap ordeal, Lisa, a heavily pregnant sixteen year old is locked up in a small room. She isn’t your typical sixteen year old though, She’s very methodical in the manner in which she thinks, plus she can turn her emotions on and off like a light switch.

Using her know how, Lisa starts making an itinerary, thus mentally, of all the assets that she has in the room to help her escape her captor. From a loose floorboard, to a red blanket, each asset
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Terri Wino
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2015
3-1/2 stars.
Different and unique take on the kidnapping scenario. Thought it was a very good book for the most part, but I have to admit that the "victim" was a little too cold and disconnected for me at times. I know that was part of the crux of the story, but this caused me to not care about the protagonist at times as much as I probably should have. There were also several times I found my attention wandering because the author rambled a little too much off track for me; not a good thing in a
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Nev Murray
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is published by Oceanview Publishing.

Expected publication date: 5th May 2015.

Ok it’s two for the price of one review day.

Review 1:

Just buy this (when it comes out). No questions. No hesitations. You will thank me for it later.

Review 2:

Dorothy M. Salucci has been kidnapped. She is sixteen and heavily pregnant. She won’t prove to be the normal hostage victim. She won’t lie down begging for release.
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Matt
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Shannon Kirk, and Oceanview Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Kirk weaves an interesting story with strong psychological undertones, worthy of the praise and awards she has received to date. While walking to school one day, Lisa Yyland is grabbed and tossed into a van, kidnapped for no apparent reason. As she struggles in captivity, things become all the more apparent that it
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Bill
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3 STARS

Hummmm ... this is a very interesting and entertaining adventure pitting a pair of psychotic 40-something twin brothers against a sixteen year old sociopathic pregnant prodigy of science.

Psychopaths vs. Sociopath.

During this entire read all I could think about was Godzilla ... oh you know, the prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation that originally destroys Tokyo but in subsequent releases is sometimes portrayed as something of a hero, a defender of the human
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Linda Strong
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
A 16 year-old girl, pregnant, is taken against her will to a remote location where she is to be kept until her baby is born. Blond, blue-eyed babies come at a premium price.

The premise is good, it's different. This girl is also different. She can turn her emotions off and on at will with a mental switch ... so far, so good.

But then this is where I get lost. This supposedly scared pregnant teenager turns out to be a sort of McGiver. She starts collecting 'assets' that can be turned into something
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Jean
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definite 5 Stars for me!!

I was absolutely fascinated by the mind of this young girl and how it worked. I was mesmerized from page one!

Her mind was like a computer and she was able to turn off all emotions with a switch on her brain. She was a genius.

I loved this book! Huge thank you to Kooloo for reminding me of this one which had been on my TBR for so long! Girls, this is one of them...... that hidden gem which has been buried for so long in your lists of books that you forget.

Also, loved
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Allyce Cameron
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's not often that I actively dislike a book. If I'm not raving about how good it is I'm usually ambivalent. I'm more of a meh person for books I don't enjoy. Not so in this case. From the first chapter I was annoyed. This book was annoying, unrealistic and just generally poorly written and/or edited. The only reason I finished it is because I've never not finished a book before and I'd be damned if this was to be the first. That is all the brain power I'm going to waste reviewing it. Would not ...more
Lisa
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paper-book
3.5 stars

A sixteen year old, heavily pregnant girl is kidnapped on her way to school. The kidnappers want her baby and are then planning to dispose of her...
...but this teen is unlike others and has a cold and calculating mind...she plans her escape and her revenge!

I liked this feisty young girl and enjoyed her plannings and executions.

We also get the POV of the FBI agent assigned to kidnap investigations. He has his own quirks and I enjoyed his story too.

This is a quick and satisfying read. My
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and wow talk about being thrown in the deep end.

My view of this book kept changing. While reading I kept asking myself would I recommend this read to my friends & how many stars will I be giving it. This is one of them stories where it's best to wait until you've read it all.

Lisa is the main character in this story. We also get to read of the detectives point of view as well. Let's get back to Lisa. I didn't read the blurb until I'd finished
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Janel
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There comes a time in a reader’s life, when they unexpectedly come across a book and it feels like the author wrote that book just for them, like the author knew their interests, likes and dislikes and crafted the perfect story with them in mind… Method 15/33 is that book to me.

Wow, just wow… that was my initial thought, my next thought was, is it an acceptable reviewing style to just write ‘amazing’ over and over again!?

At 245 pages, it’s difficult to talk about the storyline itself without
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Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk came highly recommended by my good friend Janel at Keeper of Pages. She kept insisting that this fast-paced, intense thriller would be the book to kick me out of the book slump I had been experiencing. She was right!

I read Method 15/33 easily within a couple of hours; at 226 pages, it was the perfect book to curl up with for an afternoon and become completely sucked in.

The novel follows
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Laura Rash
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is like the ultimate story of good vs evil, intelligence vs stupidity & strength vs survival. But wrapped up in a truly warped fashion.
Aimee
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Rose
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read a few abduction stories before but I liked this one the best out of all of them. I'm really surprised I ended up liking this as much as I did. For the first several chapters I didn't like the protagonist...at all. She didn't seem real. Then you come to learn she's brilliant, a prodigy, with social issues and emotions that don't work like other people. I've never personally met anyone like her but you always hear about brilliant people with sometimes very awkward (or no) social skills. ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
3.5*

This is a book that is very hard to put down once you start reading. It is very original in both content and style and deeply compelling.

It is creepy, and disturbing - all the more so for knowing that there really are people out there like the ones in this book. We read about them and their exploits from time to time in the newspapers.

There were times when I did not know whom I liked least - the kidnappers or the kidnapped. Although I had to admire Lisa's faultless planning, it was in parts
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Jim Crocker
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so it's in first person. In fact it's in first person from the POV of two different characters. Shannon Kirk has done a masterful job with this one. The characters are very compelling and I easily fell in love with the MC. So all through the book, I'm, like, "What is she gonna do next?" And all through the book it just gets better and better. And the Bad Guys! Oh, my! I couldn't wait to find out what happens to them. And then you'll feel like jumping up and pumping your fist in the air and ...more
Ed
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Starkly original debut thriller about a pregnant 16 year old kidnapped on her way to school. The kidnappers plan to imprison her until she gives birth, sell her baby then murder her. Unfortunately for the kidnappers, their teenage captive is not your average High School Junior. To save herself and her unborn child, she uses her impressive mental acuity to immediately start planning her escape and revenge on her captors. How this incredibly brave and resourceful young woman accomplishes these ...more
Joanne Robertson
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was rather intrigued when I saw the blurb for this one as I do love a strong, kick-ass heroine but a heavily pregnant 16 year old? This I had to see. But I do warn you that once you start this you will not want to put it down.

When we first meet our captive expectant mother she has already been snatched 4 days previously and we come to realise quite quickly that this is not your average teenage girl! She has already started to accumulate her “assets” mentally, and possibly physically if she is
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Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
“I do have a bit of evil in me, a notion I can’t quite shut off all the way, a feeling of pleasure when someone else squirms in my presence.”

This was a fun book to read and it was one of the first books I downloaded on Kindle so I am happy I finally got to it (2020 year of the backlist!).

Method 15/33 tells the story of Lisa, a kidnapped teen girl who is 8 months pregnant. The captors want her baby and it is not the first time they’ve played this game; however, they are unaware that they
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Kooloo
That was perfection on so many levels....

I must admit I found myself dismayed and disillusioned by the mere 4 stars this dark masterpiece has garnered by our beloved leader M.

Upon numerous previous occasions I have proclaimed this piece of horrific iniquitous drama to have its' place in the loftiest of realms of that of the 5 of stars. This novel presents a deconstructuralistic view of the existential dilemmas of life and the cyclic nature of consolation and desolation that occur in
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Dawn Reno Langley
Shannon Kirk’s METHOD 15/33 is a thrilling page-turner that leaves you questioning whether the victim is more insane than the criminals. If you liked GONE GIRL or any of the Hannibal Lecter stories, Kirk’s skin-crawler of a story will keep you up until the wee hours.

Kirk’s characters are unique creatures, none of whom is normal. The protagonist, Lisa Yyland is a pregnant teenager with the ferocity of a mother lion and the chilling creepiness of a sociopath, whose kidnappers fail to realize her
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Lisa
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Method 15/33 is a fast-paced, gripping thriller that will keep you reading. A 16-year-old pregnant teenager is snatched of the street. Her kidnappers plan to keep her until she gives birth, then sell her baby. FBI special agents are investigating, but the leads are few. But this teenager is calculating and methodical, and she has a plan. Her kidnappers may have bitten off more than they can chew. If you like thrillers, this is the perfect summer read!

The author, Shannon Kirk, is a former
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Hilary
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What a great read!

An incredible first novel with a heroine reminding me very much of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, not just in her manipulative and dispassionate outlook and scientific precision but also in her surprisingly mature thought processes and her ability - in this case, genetic - to restrict her emotional reactions.

Although she may switch her emotions on and off, that doesn't prevent her feeling them, or feeling guilt or regret, so we never feel alienated by this strange narrator;
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