Method 15/33, by Shannon Kirk

5 Stars!

Book Details:
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Number of Pages: 258
ISBN: 1608091457 (ISBN13: 9781608091454)
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Kidnapped, pregnant teen turns the tables. Who is the victim and who is the aggressor?

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...


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 child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.

The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

Shannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and a 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. Method 15/33 is her first novel.

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Holy cow, I loved this book!  It was so different and original. I definitely have never read one like this before. I keep claiming that I am not a huge mystery fan and it takes a really good one to make me love it... and this one did! This book caught my attention right from the start.

Excellent character development. I loved Lisa, the main character. She was void of feelings, able to turn off her emotions like a switch. But I felt them! I connected with her. And she so loved her unborn baby! Even if she never loved anything else, she loved that baby and would do anything to keep it safe. With all of her quirkiness and strange methodical, analytical way of thinking - I loved it! I think maybe she reminded me a little of me when I was a teenager (hmm what does that say about me?).

This is a different kind of abduction story. The abductee plotting escape and revenge on her abductor, and we are privy to all that is going on in her strange little mind as she plans. As she kept listing all her "assets" (bleach asset #36, extension cord asset #22, red knit blanket asset #5, etc.) I couldn't wait to find out what she had planned! I was on the edge of my seat for sure. I was rooting for her all the way. Towards the end - she was a super hero! I was saying out loud - "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! That's Awesome!", she was one smart little cookie!

I was going to look up this author's other books and realized - this is her first Novel! Incredible. I certainly hope she continues to write, I will be one of her biggest fans.


Thank you Partners in Crime for sending me this book for my honest review!


  1. I am a huge mystery fan and think I've seen it all, but the premise for this story sounds completely original! Thanks so much for introducing us to this debut thriller and sharing your thoughts on it with us.

  2. I am downloading this RIGHT FREAKING NOW!!

    1. Haha! Yay! You'll love it.

      It has gotten real great reviews!

  3. Wow!!! This sounds sooooooo good!!!! The cover gave me chills but man, that trailer...I need to read this!