Method 15/33

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 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 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?  

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About the author

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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Oceanview Publishing
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Published on
May 5, 2015
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Pages
258
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ISBN
9781608091461
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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我不知道他們打算讓我活多久,

我只知道我會在那之前逃出這個房間,

並展開復仇——他們每一個我都不會放過!


【被綁架的第1天】

從綁架犯把她丟進牢房的那一刻起,她就決定她不僅要逃出去,還會狠狠報復。


【被綁架的第16天】

她陸續蒐集復仇計畫用的工具,也掌握了凶手的身高、體重、固定作息。他們還不知道這個女孩有一個異於常人的精密大腦,醞釀著一個幾乎完美的復仇計畫。


【被綁架的第30天】

她被凶手帶去「造訪」自己未來的葬身之處,並「參觀」上一位受害者的屍體。她差點崩潰,但她知道復仇計畫絕對不能半途而廢。


【被綁架的第33天】

她蒐集到最後一項工具,牢房也已經順利布置成惡徒的葬身地,接下來只等凶手打開門,親自啟動這具駭人機關……


不過她沒想到,屋子裡除了她以外,綁架犯還囚禁了另一個女孩。

她決定帶著這個女孩一起逃出去,但幾分鐘之後,她很快就發現這個完美計畫已經出現第一個致命的錯誤……


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一名懷孕的十六歲少女遭到綁架,卻冷靜為自己想出脫逃的計畫。她一心報復,因此仔細列出手邊可用的資源,並加以編列號碼。同一時間,聯邦調查局探員劉羅傑也正在偵辦綁架案件。少女的意志力與聰明才智,遠遠勝過那些冷酷無情又殘忍的綁架犯,將這個精采刺激的故事帶進驚人的高潮!

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遭到綁架、瀕臨死亡、即將臨盆——這部驚悚小說的女主角聰穎過人且帶點反社會人格,不僅要拯救自己與肚子裡的寶寶,還要向綁架犯狠狠報復。這名少女堅強、果斷、聰明,而且懂得內省。雖然讀者從故事開端就知悉女主角已從這場嚴峻的劫難全身而退,但絕不因此減少閱讀過程中令人緊張不安的氣氛。這個精采又讓人緊張不安的故事,就是描述這位少女毫不留情的復仇任務。

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《33天之後》裡的角色非常迷人,連配角也栩栩如生。但最出眾的莫過於遭綁架的懷孕少女。綁架犯打算奪取她腹中胎兒,卻不知這名少女極為聰明、滿腔憤怒、一心報復,而且近乎反社會主義。有人惹上大麻煩了,但肯定不是被綁架的那個女孩。

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《33天之後》是本年度最棒的驚悚小說之一!

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Premio National Indie Excellence para la mejor novela de suspense de 2015.

Imaginad a una chica de dieciséis años, embarazada y vulnerable, a quien acaban de arrancar de la tranquilidad de su hogar para arrojarla dentro de una furgoneta destartalada. Raptada... Sola... Aterrorizada. Ahora, olvidaos de ella.

Imaginad en cambio a una prodigiosa manipuladora de dieciséis años que, desde los primeros instantes de su secuestro, se centra, con tanta serenidad como determinación, en dos cosas: salvar al niño que lleva en su seno y vengarse.

Metódica y calculadora, pone a punto un plan organizado de manera casi científica en el que nada está librado al azar. Su férrea voluntad y su ingenio serán sus mejores armas contra la brutalidad de sus raptores, y lo único que le falta por hacer es esperar el momento ideal para lanzar su ataque.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Los lectores verán una semejanza entre la protagonista y Lisbeth Salander, la heroína de la saga Millenium. Ambas muchachas se niegan a ser victimizadas... Bienvenidos a una excitante nueva voz de la ficción policiaca.»
The Boston Globe

«La voluntad y el ingenio de la protagonista superan con creces la despiadada brutalidad de sus captores, al tiempo que la excitante historia alcanza un clímax sorprendente.»
Publishers Weekly

«Nietzsche nos advirtió que nos cuidáramos de las personas que albergan un gran deseo de venganza. Esa idea perdura tras leer este libro oscuro, turbador y condenadamente fascinante... Un excitante desafío que puede dar lugar a debates apasionantes, como ocurre con El profesor, de John Katzenbach.»
Booklist

«En manos de una autora menos talentosa, podría haber sido otra historia más de "chica en aprietos", pero no es así. El método 15/33 es intensa, reflexiva y emocionalmente gratificante.»
Forward Reviews

« El método 15/33 nos traslada a unos lugares muy oscuros... En el último capítulo una luz lo ilumina todo, tanto el pasado como el presente. Entonces releeréis el libro para descubrir en qué os habíais equivocado.»
Mystery Scene Magazine

«Una de las mejores novelas de suspense de este año.»
Crime Fiction

Elogios desde Francia:
«La escritura es precisa, eficaz y sólida. El ámbito de la novela de suspense es tomado por asalto por un prodigio del género. Un libro apasionante de una calidad literaria indudable.»
Polars Pourpres

«La prosa y el estilo de Shannon Kirk son incisivos y demuestran su maestría. El lector va de la sorpresa al asombro.... Una intriga rica y fascinante, personajes singulares... ¡Una autora de indudable talento!»
Azilis

«Una historia muy bien construida donde los códigos resultan invertidos, puesto que en estesecuestro la conducta más sociópata es la de la víctima. Una obra maestra.»
Bernieshoo

«El ingenio, la frialdad y el espíritu metódico de la heroína sumergen al lector en un thriller de gran virtuosismo.»
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