The Method

The Method : Kidnapped? Helpless? Looks can be deceiving...

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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 of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical - calculating - scientific in her plotting. Leaving nothing to chance, she waits . . . for the perfect moment to strike. The Method is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 30mm | 439g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751564311
  • 9780751564310
  • 546,675

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'It's hard to find true originality these days, but this debut delivers , dicing the genre before blending it just to be sure. The characters are beautifully detailed . . . ' Alastair Gunn, author of The Advent Killer and My Bloody Valentine
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'Shannon Kirk's debut novel doesn't really remind me of anything else I've read . . . Thrilling, shocking and original, The Method is a guaranteed all-night read' * Morning Star * 'The Method by Shannon Kirk has an extraordinary plot as well as an extraordinary character . . . Make sure you have some extra time as you start this unusual and suspenseful novel. It is darn hard to put down' * Book Loons * 'The Method is crowded with fascinating characters - 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 Bestselling Author * 'A 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' * Booklist, Starred Review * 'Flat-out brilliant' * Mystery Scene * '[The narrator's] 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' * Publishers Weekly, Starred Review * 'Riveting . . . a thrilling new voice in crime fiction' * Boston Globe * 'A very unique take on a kidnap tale that I'm sure will make waves' * Claire McGowan * '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 * 'It's hard to find true originality these days, but this debut delivers, dicing the genre before blending it just to be sure. The characters are beautifully detailed . . . ' * Alastair Gunn, author of The Advent Killer and My Bloody Valentine *
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About Shannon Kirk

Shannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and law professor. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan and St John's Universities, is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and was a trial lawyer in Chicago prior to moving to Massachusetts. She has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a physicist, and their son.

The Method received a distinction from the School Library Journal as one of the best adult books for teens and won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for best suspense. It has also been optioned for a major motion film by Next Wednesday Films and will be translated into several languages worldwide.
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4,936 ratings
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4 34% (1,698)
3 28% (1,388)
2 9% (462)
1 3% (152)
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