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Method 15/33 by [Kirk, Shannon]
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She is taken in a flash, thrown into the back of a van, tied up, and blindfolded. She is 16, pregnant, and in trouble. The room she is taken to is three floors up—a farmhouse, perhaps? The man who kidnapped her comes in at precisely the same time three times a day to give her food. A doctor comes to check on the health of her baby, and once, a couple comes to be assured that their new baby—her baby—will be blue-eyed and healthy. She waits. She collects "assets," such as the handle from the bathroom bucket, a towel, or a blanket. She practices her escape and plans her revenge. Kirk's brilliantly executed novel alternates between the kidnapped girl and Special Agent Roger Liu—the detective assigned to find her. He and his partner slowly and methodically collect clues as they make their way to the remote hideaway. Meanwhile, the kidnapped girl is stuck in the room awaiting her certain death at the hands of the brutal man and his partners. But her brilliance is exceeded only by her ability to plan, calculate, observe, and wait. The abductors never have a chance as she orchestrates a conclusion that will leave readers satisfied and possibly unsettled. Readers wait with her as she ponders the right moment to make a move even as they suspect that it might not work. VERDICT Give this to teens who read Stephen King and other psychological thrillers, especially those with a penchant for dark and violent suspense.—Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA


"Method 15/33 is crowded with fascinating characters -- even the spear carriers pop off the page -- but the standout is the kidnapped pregnant teenager.  Her captors want her baby.  Little do they know they've brought an insanely brilliant, angry, vengeful, borderline sociopath under their roof.  Somebody's in big trouble... and it isn't the teenager."     

(―F. Paul Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Santa Jack)

“Completely original and totally kick ass!  Shannon Kirk pulls no punches in this adrenaline rush of a thriller where the victim is the one to watch, while the kidnappers learn to fear.  Loved it! “ 

(―Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of Fear Nothing)

“What happens when infant traffickers kidnap the wrong pregnant teen?  You get Method 15/33 a cross between The Lovely Bones and Silence of the LambsShannon Kirk's debut thriller is a dark, literate page turner, utterly compelling.  I read it in one sitting.”

(― Leonard Rosen, Award-winning author of All Cry Chaos and The Tenth Witness)

“Wow. Ridiculously good. Crazy good. Brilliantly heart-stoppingly nail-bitingly original, this is a true thriller tour de force. Shannon Kirk is an instant star.”

(―Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of Truth be Told)

"In Kirk’s harrowing first novel, a kidnap victim―16 years old and pregnant―meticulously plots her escape. Although locked in a sparsely furnished third-floor room of what she believes to be a white farmhouse, the nameless narrator is confident that she can turn the tables on her male captor (“I had the wits to beat this horrible, disgusting thing”). Her visitors include a doctor and a couple she calls Mr. and Mrs. Obvious, who intend to take her baby. Fueled by a desire for revenge, she carefully catalogues every possible asset that she might use: a loose floorboard is #4, a pencil sharpener is #15, and so on. Meanwhile, FBI special agent Roger Liu investigates the abduction case of Dorothy M. Salucci, another in a series of missing pregnant teens, and he tracks a slim lead to rural Indiana. Back at the farmhouse, the narrator sets out to rescue herself, and with great cunning and patience she carries out the plan she calls 15/33. Her willpower and ingenuity prove more than a match for the callous brutality of those who wish her ill as this exciting tale builds to a surprising climax." Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron & Associates. (May)
Reviewed on 03/06/2015
(Publishers Weekly - Starred Review)

"Nietzsche warned us to beware of people with a strong desire to punish. That thought lingers after putting down this dark, disturbing, damnably readable novel...a worthy challenge, a joy to discuss, and a great pairing with John Katzenback's equally riveting What Comes Next (2012)."

(―Booklist - Starred Review)

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk has an extraordinary plot as well as an extraordinary character in Lisa Yyland, although we do not know her name until way into this crazy good book...Her thoughts, as she explains what she hopes to do, will bewilder you at the same time that you realize you're pulling for her. Make sure you have some extra time as you start this unusual and suspenseful novel. It is darn hard to put down. The only thing I wish is that I could meet this intelligent young woman but I am sure she wouldn't want to meet me. Good, good book. Don't miss it.”


"To summarize: this is just superb. One of the best thrillers I have read in years. It’s fresh. The writing totally encapsulates you from the very beginning to the very end. It will sicken you. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will read with one eye closed and you will find some of it harrowing. You will be amazed at the strength of the characters and how they think of things you would never think of. This proves to me the imagination Shannon Kirk has and believe me, we will be hearing a lot more from this lady in the future.

The highest possible recommendation and 5 stars."

(Nev Murray)

"Why don't we use the word "rip-roaring" anymore?  Because this was one rip-roaring thriller and I adored it....not that it's the Great American Novel, but because I couldn't put it down.

Thriller fan? Pick this one up when it's published.  You definitely won't regret it."

(Erin Brewster)

"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."  

(Hilary Carter)

Product details

  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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