Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

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. 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 the captors.

The agents trying to find 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?

 

I honestly enjoyed this book far less than I could possibly expect I would. In fact, I did not enjoy this at all. The book summary promises a Lisbeth Salander-like protagonist, a genius, a cold-hearted prodigy, whose intelligence allows her to survive through some extremely difficult circumstances; but that’s just not the case.

We are told from the very first page that our protagonist – whose name I have already forgotten – is a genius. But we never really see it. Her “master plan”, a cunning plan that was supposed to convince us of her intelligence and deliver the book’s entire plot is full of plot-holes, miscalculations and so, so many things that could have gone wrong. To be honest, I’m surprised her plan even sort of worked. In my opinion, this is a work of a person of average intelligence ( I, in no way, mean to insult the author), a person who only has a very vague idea about how the mind of genius works and perhaps this is precisely why the book falls flat. Maybe my own expectations were too high; or maybe the author just watched Taken one too many times and tried – and failed – to come up with a Liam Neeson doppelgänger.

Another thing that really irked me was how almost supernatural were the characters. Our main character was a genius; her mother was the best lawyer to ever exist; one of the detectives had the world’s best eyesight; the other one had an almost vampire-like sense of scent. I mean, come on. This ridiculous decision made the entire book and the entire plot so unrealistic I wouldn’t be surprised if fairies started appearing towards the ending. The actual ending, however, is in a way even worse. Completely unrealistic once again, disappointing in almost every way, where every bad guy gets punished and the good ones live happily ever after. Groundbreaking…

As for the hidden agendas and frustrations the synopsis promises you? Forget about them. The book isn’t nearly as complicated as it promises to be; as a matter of fact I found Method 15/33 to be a pretty sloppy and/or lazy job.

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