The Method by Shannon Kirk


“You’re sixteen, you’re pregnant and you’ve been kidnapped.

If you’re anyone else you give in, but if you’re a manipulative prodigy you fight back in the only way you can. You use what you’ve been given against your captors.

You’ve only got one chance to save your life and that of your unborn child. You’re calculating, methodical, and as your kidnappers are about to discover, they’ve made a big mistake in abducting you…”

This was an extremely interesting and exciting book unlike anything I’ve read before. It was about a pregnant teenage girl who is kidnapped, but works tirelessly to outsmart her captors. She’s not a sociopath, however she does have the uncanny ability to turn her emotions on or off by flipping a proverbial switch in her head, thereby allowing her to assess situations without her judgement being clouded by fear.

The way the character was built up was very effective as whilst she was methodical and scrutinizing, I couldn’t help but form a connection with her; she was so passionate about escaping so she could protect her unborn child. It was intriguing to see the way her mind worked and how she gradually manipulated the situation around her.

Half the book was narrated by the girl, but the other half by a detective who was searching for her. The chapters narrated by the detective were slightly less engaging as the characters were more typical of your mystery/thriller novels. However these chapters did add an element of suspense as it meant that I knew how close the girl was to escaping as well as how close or far away the detectives were from finding her.

It was a real page turner, getting more and more exciting and urgent as the story played out. At the climactic point of the novel I couldn’t put the book down! The author succeeded in creating a huge amount of tension but at the same time it was incredible how detached the girl seemed from everything. The stark contrast between the level of action and excitement and the the girl’s reactions made this book even more gripping.

It was a fantastic book which I strongly recommend, especially if you’re looking for a great page turner to consume in a 1/2 day binge!

5/5 rating.


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An aspiring cellist, I absolutely adore reading, and even if it means squeezing it into the cracks of my busy life I am still determined to read more! For me, a truly great novel isn't just flashy with a fast paced plot and glossy characters, it is good literature that traps you with every word and entices you to read on. I write quick-to-read book reviews on CreativeThoughtBubble, as well as occasionally publishing short stories of my own.

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