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Preview — The Method by Shannon Kirk
They thought she was the victim, but they're the ones in danger . . .
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...more
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 s ...more
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 protagoni ...more
I had started to perform amazing monologues of wailing fits, adding a chorus of incoherent pleas for my weak-ego’d captor to free me—and my baby.
He needed to feel powerful.
I gave him what he needed so he’d stick safely to our practic ...more
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. Pl ...more
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 o ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 i ...more
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 ...more
Expected publication date: 5th May 2015.
Ok it’s two for the price of one review day.
Just buy this (when it comes out). No questions. No hesitations. You will thank me for it later.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 the ...more
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 spo ...more
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 ...more
This author has so much potential. Her writing skills are way up there. She obviously has a very high IQ. I was impressed. Unfortunately, she kills many a suspenseful moment dead (much like her character, Lisa, is able to simply switch off her emotions) by interrupting a nail-biting or pivotal moment in the story with a long, convoluted flashback or scientific discussion.
At times I suspected that the author ...more
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 kidnap ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 introspect ...more
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