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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

2.5 out of 5 stars -- The ultimate in asset management and "divine coincidence"...

Suspend your disbelief if you can while reading this novel about a kidnapped pregnant girl who, because of almost superhuman skills and brilliance, turns the tables on her captors. The plot centers on escape and revenge scenarios, and this 16-year-old has abilities and, later on, the money to plan and play out the drama to her satisfaction. I was drawn into the story quickly because of the girl's predicament, but further revelations about her personality and said skills just completely turned off my empathy button -- I just could not buy in. I felt the supporting characters in this novel were all very stereotypical and one-dimensional. Toward the last part of the book, I was just shaking my head at the ridiculousness of the tied-up conclusions -- unable to imagine this ending except in a totally alternate reality.

Although it's meant to be a thriller, it is only somewhat suspenseful until the reader sees where this is going and a realistic drama veers off into a revenge fantasy where our heroine creates tools and deadly weapons out of nothing more than a piece of thread or a tack. The author attempts to use science to explain the unusual skills and abilities of her characters -- how convenient that so many of those involved in this story have amazing talents such as these.

If a "payback" and "get even" type of novel interests you, such as SUFFER by E.E. Borton, this might be one you'd enjoy. It wasn't for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for the e-book ARC to review.

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