AND I’m back with yet another blog tour… and my oh my, you’re in for an absolute treat with this book. Today’s book tour follows The Method by Shannon Kirk, a suspenseful thriller which follows the story behind the kidnapping of pregnant teenagers. The Method was published as Method 15/33 in the USA. An intriguing title, for sure!
My feelings towards this one are actually pretty bizarre, considering the subject matter and the darkness involved. This book is incredibly funny, twisted and thrilling- in all the right ways. Personally, if I was a teenager, pregnant and kidnapped and thrown into the back of a van, I’d say that my chances of survival would be pretty bleak. I’d probably give up about about ten minutes as I definitely don’t have the physical strength to fight for my survival.
The Method by Shannon Kirk
In The Method by Shannon Kirk, we are introduced to a female, 16 years old, with exactly the opposite chain of thoughts: she sees her kidnapping as a puzzle, and plans her escape in a manipulative, thought out and methodical way. She sees everything in the room where she is stowed as an “asset,” mercilessly using every possible minute to put these assets to full use. Our teenager has allowed herself to become completely detached from the situation she finds herself in and this helps her entirely: she is cold and calculated, using every possible opportunity to save herself and her unborn child. This story is incredibly suspenseful and to be frank, I didn’t ever consider the fact that the victim might actually be in danger: her decision making was so effortless and clear that the only danger seems to be aimed at the kidnappers. Was that the case? You’ll have to read to find out.
The reasons behind her kidnapping are clear from the offset- they only have one use for her and that use is to grow her baby for them. They tell her that once she has delivered, that’s the end for her: she’ll be dumped in a quarry and her baby will be sold on to an ever so appreciative family. Simple. Kirk is very clear throughout her tale about what is happening and why, which made it all the more surprising when, about three quarters of the way through the book, a massive plot twist unveiled itself. I did not see it coming in the slightest and by gosh, it was a good one. It made so much sense upon reveal and made the book all the more intriguing, satisfying and in a way, mischievous. I enjoyed the continuous shift between character perspectives, although I must admit that I preferred the chapters concerning Agent Liu, the inspector assigned to find the missing teenager, to those of our protagonist. I think the FBI agent’s perspective really added to the story and allowed for a small break from the madness. I loved how every character’s involvement in the story was crucial to its finale.
To sum up in a few words: buy this book. It is absolutely fantastic: I got through it over the course of a few days, among a busy schedule, but I could have easily finished it in a single sitting if I’d have had the time. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before, which is most definitely a good thing. I found myself traumatised by some of the scenes, laughing my way through others, and sickened throughout. It really made me consider my own situation and how I’d deal with this kind of scenario (answer: badly). I’d probably recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of crime fiction or psychological thrillers – in fact, I’ve already recommended it to a few people- and I’ll be sure to keep checking Shannon Kirk out. I’m CERTAIN that she’s going to be adding even more to the Crime fiction world and I cannot wait until she does!
Thanks to Little, Brown for providing me with a free review copy of the book!
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