The Method by Shannon Kirk

I love it when an author has a new take on a genre, so I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for this book.

From the blurb:

They thought she was the victim, but they’re the ones in danger…

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 have only 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…

What happens when the victim is just as dangerous as the captors?

This story is told from two perspectives – a sixteen year old pregnant girl, who has been abducted and an FBI agent who specialises in hunting down kidnappers. 

The girl catalogues everything that is happening to her and around her. She notes the things her kidnapper says and does, his schedule, where he stands when he enters the room. She makes a mental log of everything and anything that will help her to survive, escape and get revenge on her captor. 

Agent Liu is doing everything he can to find Dorothy M Salucci, with the help of his outspoken partner Lola. Will they be able to find her, and if they do, will the kidnappers have already been brought to justice? 

This is quite an exciting debut novel.  The main protagonist is cold and calculating, but also logical and somehow endearing. I couldn’t help but warm to her; I also don’t suffer fools… 

I found the second protagonist Agent Liu to be a bit… boring. I liked him more towards the end of the novel when I understood his motivation and back story more, but I was skim reading large sections of his chapters. I just didn’t find him that interesting. 

The other thing I didn’t like about the book was that it was told in a retrospective way, with the protagonist looking back from 17 years after the kidnapping. It robbed the book of a sense of urgency, as you knew that the character would survive. 

Other than those issues, this was a strong and interesting debut. If you like crime thrillers this is definitely worth a read. 

The Method is out now in paperback RRP £8.99. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and see below for more information on the blog tour. 


Stephani Xxx

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