The Method

‘A name to watch’ Stylist






Published on 2nd March 2017

Paperback Original | £8.99






‘Completely original’ 

Lisa Gardner



 ‘Will make waves’ 

Claire McGowan


‘A true thriller tour de force’

Hank Phillippi Ryan


‘[A] cross between The Lovely Bones and Silence of the Lambs’ 

Leonard Rosen


‘It’s hard to find true originality these days, but this debut delivers’

Alastair Gunn



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 . . .

The Method is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors. For fans of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner, The Method turns the girl-in-jeopardy genre on its head.

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 honoured 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 won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for best suspense, has been optioned for a major motion film by Next Wednesday productions and will be translated into several languages.

For further information please contact Clara Diaz | 020 3122 6565 | @ClaraHDiaz



My Review


When I first started reading this book, I found it hard to believe that a sixteen year old girl could be so cold and calculating. However, she is a prodigy so her analytical mind and attention to detail shouldn't really come as a surprise. She is so driven to escape her captors that even though as a reader you are rooting for her to win, there was a point when I felt just a slight tinge of sympathy for her kidnapper who had obviously underestimated his quarry by a huge margin. This is an amazing debut and it felt good to read about a victim who wasn't really a victim instead of the usual trope. Thoroughly enjoyable and kept me up late at night!



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13.12 | 09:51

Bletchley park was where they broke the codes

13.12 | 09:37

Code braking in ww2. X

13.12 | 09:28

The book sounds great!

12.12 | 21:49

It's currently only available in libraries but the author may publish a digital version in the future. Thanks for your comment.

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