The Chain

The Chain

Book - 2019
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VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

"This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."
STEPHEN KING
"McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing - sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor - should be savored."
TANA FRENCH
"A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like THE CHAIN and you will never be able to forget it."
DON WINSLOW
* * * * *

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM'S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN * * * * *

"Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word "relentless". Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He's the real deal."
DENNIS LEHANE
"Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, THE CHAIN promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page."
ALAFAIR BURKE
"A grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it."
ATTICA LOCKE

"Diabolically gripping. Nail-biting, smart, and convincing. Hang on tight, because once you start this book, you can't stop - you'll be caught in THE CHAIN."
MEG GARDINER

"THE CHAIN is the rare thriller that's not only fiendishly clever but also powerfully empathetic, with both hair-raising twists and complex, fully-realized characters." LOU BERNEY

"YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST.
AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST."
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316531269
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,25 cm.

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DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Your child has been kidnapped and to get her back you must pay a ransom as well as kidnap another child. This Irish author stopped writing because he couldn’t support his family. Well, this blockbuster of a thriller is taking care of that. Movie rights sold.

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Ljparker5807
Aug 09, 2019

This book has the suspense to keep you turning the pages. I wouldn't be surprised if a movie gets made from it and I would probably go see it! Is the plot plausible from beginning to end? Probably not. I find it hard to believe that you can manage people to react a certain way every single time to keep the chain going, but what if? If you like suspense, it's worth a read.

JCLZachC Aug 05, 2019

Rachel's daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped. In order to get Kylie back she has to do two things. First, pay the ransom. Second, kidnap someone else's child. Rachel is now part of the The Chain. This one's a thrilling page turner, that rarely takes a break from the action. The atmosphere of paranoia and conspiracy is always present as normal people just going about their lives are instantly thrust into the most difficult situation imaginable, forced to turn from prey to predator, victim to accomplice.

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emerge
Jul 25, 2019

Darn it. I really wanted to read this, swoon & write a glowing review. Alas, it’s not to be. I assumed it would be a sure thing as I’m a HUGE fan of the author’s other books. His Sean Duffy books remain one of my favourite all time series. And maybe that’s the problem.

If I’d received this book with an anonymous cover & been asked to guess the author, McKinty’s name would never have crossed my mind. This is a complete departure from anything else he’s written. The style of writing is so different & his signature wit is completely absent. The plot is original & horrifyingly creepy but it’s one of those books you really need to suspend your disbelief to enjoy & I think I lack the imagination to just shut down my logical side & go along for the ride. In this particular genre, I have to believe the characters are capable of their roles.

But it’s a layered work & if you’re a philosophy buff, it can be enjoyed on another level. The author clearly draws from his own scholarly background. There are references to some of the great thinkers & their theories are reflected in the main character of Rachel who is slowly redefined by her actions.

I recently read an interview McKinty gave to The Guardian. I was shocked to learn he & his family had been evicted from their home & he was driving for Uber to make ends meet. Just goes to show how tough the industry is when best selling authors are unable to make a living. So he’s headed off in a new direction & who can blame the guy?

You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned any details about the story. There’s no need. The characters are all fresh & the blurb tells you everything you need to know. So while it didn’t work for me, it’s probably just a combination of my preconceptions & simple reader/book mismatch. It’s hugely popular & there are many 5 star reviews out there so give those a look & take this one with a grain of salt. McKinty is a gifted story teller & I sincerely hope this is a screaming success so he can get back to writing full time.

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pennydog14
Jul 17, 2019

I picked up this book after seeing it on a friend's twitter. And it didn't hurt that one of my favourite author's also highly rated it when he read it. I wasn't disappointed. Awesome read. Give it a try and think about it, what would you do for your child.

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Audrey_1974
Jul 16, 2019

A recent interview in The Guardian (July 2019) reveals how the author was living in poverty, had been evicted from his home, was bartending and driving for Uber, when his agent urged him to put the ideas down on paper that would become The Chain.

debwalker Jul 13, 2019

How far will parents go to protect their children?

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