Friday 10 March 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Method - 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 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 made a big mistake in abducting you.
What happens when the victim is just as dangerous as the captors?

What did I think?

It is clear from the opening lines that the 16 year old girl being held captive is different to other teenagers.  She has a very scientific brain and doesn't feel emotions like other people, rather she chooses to turn emotions on or off like flicking a switch.  It is this characteristic that will be her saviour as she calculates and plots her escape plan.

Several pregnant teens have gone missing, some may have run away due to their condition but for others it would appear that something more sinister has happened.  Special Agent Roger Liu and his partner, who he refers to as 'Lola' to protect her identity, are tasked with investigating the disappearance and possible abduction of Dorothy M. Salucci.  It was reported that Dorothy was bundled into a van leaving one of her sneakers behind.  It reminded me a bit of Cinderella, as Liu and Lola hunt for the foot that fits the sneaker.

Meanwhile, our captive is accumulating assets.  Seemingly innocent objects that she collects and labels throughout her time in captivity. Putting them all together might just save her life and that of her unborn son.  She just has to time it right and flick the switch to act the way that she is expected to act: frightened and submissive.  Her captor has no idea what's going on in her mind, and he thinks he has her right where he wants her...but he couldn't be more wrong.

The Method is so very unusual; it is tense, gripping and at times gruesome.  I couldn't read fast enough to find out whether the captive would escape or whether she would suffer the same grisly fate as the others before her.  The way that it is written made me feel as if I could see inside the cool, calm and collected mind of the captive.  I loved it when local country-bumpkin Boyd, aka Chicken Man, started tagging along with Liu and Lola.  Boyd is somewhat of a vigilante farmer and, in quite a comical manner, he has taken it really personally that he sold his van to the guy who is kidnapping these young girls.

It's nail-biting, intense and has a shock or two in store for readers.  I recommend The Method for readers who like to get inside the head of the person in the book.  I have never felt so deeply ensconced in the psyche of a character, and the voice is so very strong that I felt as if the character was speaking to me throughout the book.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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