The Chain
You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim's parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don't kidnap a child, or if the next parents don't kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

The Chain Details

TitleThe Chain
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherMulholland Books
ISBN-139780316531269
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime

The Chain Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Adrian McKinty has never written a book I have not loved, and this intense, dark psychological thriller is just brilliant with its killer and diabolical premise of the chain. 35 year old Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with 13 year old daughter, Kylie, living on Plum Island, Massachusetts. She has survived the devastating trauma and treatment of breast cancer, and horror of horrors, it now appears to have returned. You think this is hitting rock bottom and surely Rachel has experienced Adrian McKinty has never written a book I have not loved, and this intense, dark psychological thriller is just brilliant with its killer and diabolical premise of the chain. 35 year old Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with 13 year old daughter, Kylie, living on Plum Island, Massachusetts. She has survived the devastating trauma and treatment of breast cancer, and horror of horrors, it now appears to have returned. You think this is hitting rock bottom and surely Rachel has experienced all the bad luck possible? But something far worse is to hit her and Kylie. Kylie has been abducted from the bus stop, and Rachel gets a call from a stranger telling her she is now part of the chain, a chain that she will never be free of, where the consequences of breaking the chain are too dreadful to contemplate. Not only does it have Rachel desperately scrabbling around to find the ransom money, she finds herself in a predicament that has her becoming acquainted with a side of herself that is nothing less than monstrous, can she survive what she has to do and what it will turn her into? This is what the chain does to a family, and Kylie too is tainted by it, with the two of them forced to dwell in a hell that brings with it the consequent never ending mental health issues, for they can never speak of what is happening to them, under a surveillance they can never escape. Rachel is helped by her brother in law, 40 year old Pete, an ex-marine engineering officer, currently unemployed and an opiate addict. Faced with the wreckage that comprises her family, Rachel dreams of breaking and destroying the chain.McKinty writes a riveting story with some great characterisation that captures the pressures faced by Rachel and Kylie, the unravelling of their lives and the difficulties of surviving what happens to them. Rachel once again has to undergo the debilitating cancer treatment, but none of this puts her off her inner need to ensure no-one else ever has to be tortured by being part of the chain again. This is a totally engrossing read, it had me fearfully turning the pages, wondering where it would all end. A novel that I think most crime fiction and thriller fans will love. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I will start to bidding with five stars, I think I heard five hundred stars! Five hundred, five thousand, do I heard five billion, oh that redhead woman raised her hand, SOLD to five billion stars to this precious, mind hunting, terrifying, nerve bending, good night sleep killer book! You can guess that I’m the red haired woman who emptied all her star funds for this reading . And here are my thoughts about this book:WOWWWWWWWWWWW! WOWWWWWWWW! WOWWWW!30 minutes left- I’m speechless!1 hours Okay, I will start to bidding with five stars, I think I heard five hundred stars! Five hundred, five thousand, do I heard five billion, oh that redhead woman raised her hand, SOLD to five billion stars to this precious, mind hunting, terrifying, nerve bending, good night sleep killer book! You can guess that I’m the red haired woman who emptied all her star funds for this reading . And here are my thoughts about this book:WOWWWWWWWWWWW! WOWWWWWWWW! WOWWWW!30 minutes left- I’m speechless!1 hours left- I’m still speechless ( With my shocked expression on my face I look like completely idiot!)2 hours left- still no word can come out of my mind! I think people started to think I’m a sculpture, they started taking selfies in front me!!!!5 hours, 3 cups of black coffee later, here we go: This book terrified me, gave my legs cramps( sitting at the edge of your couch without moving an inch for at least three hours is not appropriate way of exercising!), shook me so hard, scarier than watching 24 hours horror movies and the Kardashian show!My awards for the book are:Best horrifying story: They took your child and best way to save her/him is kidnapping another family’s child, that’s the way The Chain works! All the regular family members released their inner monsters to hurt an innocent child by losing their moral compass forever!Best heroine: I loved Rachel! I scared for her and sometimes I scared from her. A smart, intelligent, intellectual, strong, cancer survivor woman, doing regular daytime jobs to make ends meet for raising her child. And BAMMM shit hits the fan! She turns into Mad Max’s Furiosa meets Kill Bill’s Bride! And you know what this broken, struggling, but also rough enough to destroy anyone to save her daughter, achieves to fight back with the evil minds of Chain Organization!Breakthrough character: Jake is real broken, tormented, burned hero, suffering from PTSD and addiction. But he was still great partner of crime and supported Rachel and her family no matter what it took. This book’s women characters are real badass so it’s normal to see Jake is overshadowed by Rachel’s determination and heroic attempts!Best supporting character: We are introducing Kylie, smart, emotional, mature daughter, fighting with her night terrors after her kidnapping who was an amazing character.Best villain and villanelle : They’re one of the most terrifying sociopaths of the book history! I wanted to hide under the blanket when I was reading their childhood adventures( they’re not playing games, they’re playing with people’s lives)SUMMARY: This year, I read more than chosen wisely 50 thrillers. My favorites: “The night before”, “Dear Wife”, “Before She was found”. I can happily tell that, I found my fourth best book of this year! I completely, honestly, highly recommend this one to the all the thriller book lovers.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa! This book will have you laser-focused from the first paragraph...right to the last!Victim or abuser. Which is actually worse? And what if you had to play the role of both? Whatever you do...don’t break the chain!What would you do if your child was taken? What lengths would you go to get your child back? Could you live with your decisions?Brilliant, addictive, unputdownable! From start to finish I was also at the mercy of those behind the chain. (Ok...the author!) Couldn’t wait to see how t Whoa! This book will have you laser-focused from the first paragraph...right to the last!Victim or abuser. Which is actually worse? And what if you had to play the role of both? Whatever you do...don’t break the chain!What would you do if your child was taken? What lengths would you go to get your child back? Could you live with your decisions?Brilliant, addictive, unputdownable! From start to finish I was also at the mercy of those behind the chain. (Ok...the author!) Couldn’t wait to see how this would play out! Definitely one of my favorite thrillers for 2019! I cannot stop thinking about this one!Highly recommend for all thriller lovers! Toes tapping! Can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next! A buddy read with Susanne!Thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Adrian McKinty for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    CoercionThis book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of The Chain is completely unique and deeply unsettling. Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with a 13-year-old daughter, Kylie. She has just been appointed to a new job and hopes that her life can take a step forward, especially with her battle against breast cancer being in remission for a year. Then the ultimate horror is just about to unfold. “Two thing CoercionThis book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of The Chain is completely unique and deeply unsettling. Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with a 13-year-old daughter, Kylie. She has just been appointed to a new job and hopes that her life can take a step forward, especially with her battle against breast cancer being in remission for a year. Then the ultimate horror is just about to unfold. “Two things you must remember,” a voice says through some kind of speech-distortion machine. “Number one: you are not the first and you will certainly not be the last. Number two: remember, it’s not about the money—it’s about The Chain.” The stranger explains that Kylie has been kidnapped and that there will be a call shortly that she must be ready for. The second call comes from an anxious woman who explains there are a number of parts and instructions that must be followed exactly or Kylie dies. First Rachel must pay twenty-five thousand dollars in ransom through a bitcoin exchange on the dark web or Kylie dies. For the second part, the woman explains that she has kidnapped Kylie so her son could be released. Her instruction is to kidnap someone to replace her daughter on The Chain, or Kylie dies. If Rachel breaks the rules her daughter will die and the kidnappers will move to another target or their own son will die. What a terrifying concept – I was stunned and impressed, shocked and fascinated, and afraid.The heart-racing terror looms constantly and the abject fear of failing drives family members forward. They must also face the distressing undertaking of carrying this out on another child and family. The ever-watching Chain will approve the targets because they must believe the families will be totally committed to the task and not break one of the fundamental rules by contacting the police. It’s all about the chain! The diversity of personalities is impressive and the emotional conflict Rachel has between trying to rescue her own child and not wishing to harm another is superbly managed. We watch the wonderfully crafted transition from being a victim to a criminal. There is no escape from the decision, no easy way out, you will need to accept the consequences.This is such a wicked plot, which is masterfully developed by incorporating the distress, the twists, and the frantic and terrifying steps Rachel must face. Not everything goes according to plan and the mistakes and challenges feel real and heighten the anguish. Rachel eventually considers not only saving her daughter but how she can make another transition to the punisher, and destroy The Chain. We can argue it's about preventing untold suffering for other families, but it's really about revenge, closure and the removal of a threat. Adrian McKinty is an author from my home town but this is the first book of his I’ve read – not going to be the last, I’m proud to say. What is remarkable about this novel is the pace and content that comes from every nail-biting page. I would highly recommend this book and I’d like to thank Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining and definitely a page turner but probably not a book you want to analyze to death as it does have some problems along the way. The pacing was excellent but I did prefer the first half over the second. A perfect example of a summer beach read.I'll admit when I first read the synopsis for this one I thought the whole chain idea was intriguing but I was afraid the story could potentially turn into a hot mess. Basically the concept is a parent receives word their child is kidnapped. In Entertaining and definitely a page turner but probably not a book you want to analyze to death as it does have some problems along the way. The pacing was excellent but I did prefer the first half over the second. A perfect example of a summer beach read.I'll admit when I first read the synopsis for this one I thought the whole chain idea was intriguing but I was afraid the story could potentially turn into a hot mess. Basically the concept is a parent receives word their child is kidnapped. In order for that parent to get their child back alive, the parent must go out and successfully kidnap another child. This chain has been going on for years and there are certain rules to be followed such as not contacting police. Sounds like a crazy idea for a story, but for the most part it's one of those "can't wait to see what happens next" type reads.I'll give the author credit for keeping things moving as it never felt like the story was being dragged out. I did have some issues with the writing in the second half and there were a few times I had to remind myself not to take the book too seriously when I started questioning whether or not something was realistic. Overall though this is a book that is meant to entertain even though the plot is pretty disturbing and it definitely held my interest. It's also the type of book you want to discuss with other readers so I'll be glad when it is finally published this summer. I'm dying to hear everyone's thoughts on the book.I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars.* (rounded down)A Highly Entertaining Premise that fell a Tad Short on Execution. After Rachel drops her teenage daughter Kylie off at the bus stop, she gets a call. Kylie has been kidnapped. The caller states that their child has been kidnapped as well. The only way to get Kylie back is to pay a ransom and kidnap someone else, then the caller’s kid will be released and the chain moves forward. Once the family of the child that Rachel kidnaps take someone, Kylie will be released and so 3.5 Stars.* (rounded down)A Highly Entertaining Premise that fell a Tad Short on Execution. After Rachel drops her teenage daughter Kylie off at the bus stop, she gets a call. Kylie has been kidnapped. The caller states that their child has been kidnapped as well. The only way to get Kylie back is to pay a ransom and kidnap someone else, then the caller’s kid will be released and the chain moves forward. Once the family of the child that Rachel kidnaps take someone, Kylie will be released and so on. It’s a vicious circle called “The Chain.” The premise was F-A-S-C-I-N-A-T-I-N-G (at least to me).. I mean I liked receiving those chain letters as a kid. Not that I ever sent them out. That was way too much work (let’s be serious here)! Still, I was intrigued by the idea of this and it started off Hella strong. Like Wowza. The characters of Rachel and her daughter Kylie totally pulled me in - the mother who would do anything to get her daughter back and Kylie, who was desperate to get out of the situation she was in? Heck, yes! I am in! But then the story took a bit of a turn in the second half and the story dragged on and sadly, became a bit too technical for me. The ending became obvious fairly quickly, which was also a disappointment. That said, I give the author full credit for the premise and the first half of the story which grabbed my attention immediately. A huge thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland and Adrian McKinty for an ARC of this novel in exchange or an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 5.19.19.Will be published on Amazon on 7.9.19
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't my favorite.I have mixed feelings because I tried to love it but hated the way Rachel went from being a meek mom to a pistol-whipping badass in a few chapters. I guess kidnap will do that. That said, the concept is brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT, and the ending was very satisfying.The breast cancer piece was terribly difficult for me as I have a good friend struggling for her life right now. I acknowledge that this may have affected my experience of this book. I went in knowing cancer wa It wasn't my favorite.I have mixed feelings because I tried to love it but hated the way Rachel went from being a meek mom to a pistol-whipping badass in a few chapters. I guess kidnap will do that. That said, the concept is brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT, and the ending was very satisfying.The breast cancer piece was terribly difficult for me as I have a good friend struggling for her life right now. I acknowledge that this may have affected my experience of this book. I went in knowing cancer was part of the story and I should have known better. (I usually read a book in a day and this took me 4 days...just too hard.)
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  • j e w e l s
    January 1, 1970
    FOUR STARSWhat if you got a call that your child had been kidnapped? And, in addition to a cash ransom, you are tasked with an unimaginable demand: Kidnap someone else’s child now. Of course, you argue and plead NO NO NO!!! You’re not a child abductor! You can’t do to another parent what has just been done to you. It’s impossible. Okay, then we will immediately kill your child. WAIT. I will do it. Anything. I will.Congratulations, you’ve just unwittingly joined The Chain. They own you now. It is FOUR STARSWhat if you got a call that your child had been kidnapped? And, in addition to a cash ransom, you are tasked with an unimaginable demand: Kidnap someone else’s child now. Of course, you argue and plead NO NO NO!!! You’re not a child abductor! You can’t do to another parent what has just been done to you. It’s impossible. Okay, then we will immediately kill your child. WAIT. I will do it. Anything. I will.Congratulations, you’ve just unwittingly joined The Chain. They own you now. It is never over. You might get your child back, but they know what you did to get her back and they have the ultimate extortion scheme in place. You will never tell.Only, this time, The Chain has messed with the wrong mama bear. Rachel, our heroine, is one tough cookie. She is determined to put an end to this chain business. CRAZY fun to read and Adrian McKinty sells it like hotcakes. The first half of the book is absolute spell-binding stuff! The second half does not read quite as fast, but the story keeps moving at a clip and the most satisfying ending in recent memory is waiting for you.Not as far-fetched as it sounds, The Chain is actually based on the Mexican concept of exchange kidnappings whereby a family member offers him or herself as a replacement hostage for a more vulnerable kidnap victim. McKinty has a fascinating history himself, I loved reading about his life. https://deadline.com/2019/06/the-chai...Super-fun and fast-paced, The Chain already had its film rights picked up by Paramount Pictures. I cannot wait to see this story on the big screen!For all you peeps (like me) that adored Taylor Adams No Exit, I can promise this: you will freakin' love The Chain!Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the advanced galley! Publication day is July 9, 2019. All opinions are strictly mine.
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  • Dem
    January 1, 1970
    . You never know how strong you are until someone upsets or threatens your kids but just how far would you go to ......... This is a really unique and suspenseful thriller that really had me intrigued from page one, although I have to be honest and say there were parts of this one that did make me roll my eyes on several occasions but I was able to put that aside as the book overall was a rocking good suspenseful read that I think many will enjoy this summer. A terrifying scenario, Your chi . You never know how strong you are until someone upsets or threatens your kids but just how far would you go to ......... This is a really unique and suspenseful thriller that really had me intrigued from page one, although I have to be honest and say there were parts of this one that did make me roll my eyes on several occasions but I was able to put that aside as the book overall was a rocking good suspenseful read that I think many will enjoy this summer. A terrifying scenario, Your child has been kidnapped, and in order for your child to be returned safely you must follow a number of steps to fulfill the chains’s demands and one of those is for you to kidnapp another child, and keep chain going. I loved the cover and title of this novel, it caught my attention straight away and the premise is really intriguing and terrifying . I was a little wary about reading this one but the story was well handled and nothing in it that made me feel uncomfortable. Characters were interesting vivid and the story extremely well paced. I loved the build up as it had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how this one was going to pan out. I listened to the audio version of this book and it was extremely well done and added to my enjoyment of the book. A great book to pack for the holidays.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read an Adrian McKinty book before. Seriously after reading this book I feel like I’ve missed out and will need to catch up on his other boos ASAP!! Wow this was one addictive read that kept me on the edge of my seat ,desperate to finish it but wanting to saviour every word at the same time.I have heard about chain letters where you then have to send a copy of the chain letter to numerous people. What if you’re child was kidnapped and the only way to get them back is to kidnap anoth I have never read an Adrian McKinty book before. Seriously after reading this book I feel like I’ve missed out and will need to catch up on his other boos ASAP!! Wow this was one addictive read that kept me on the edge of my seat ,desperate to finish it but wanting to saviour every word at the same time.I have heard about chain letters where you then have to send a copy of the chain letter to numerous people. What if you’re child was kidnapped and the only way to get them back is to kidnap another child!! This chain is relentless and you will never be free from the chain even when you everything they ask you to do. How far would you go to save you’re child? To save you’re child would you put another family through the hell you are going through? Loved the original plot and it really made me think what would I do in those circumstances. I love a book that stays in you’re mind after reading it!!A must read roller coaster of a thriller.Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this book is chilling. Your child is kidnapped and to get them back you must kidnap someone else's child and tell his/her parents that they need to kidnap a child to get their own back ... and so the Chain keeps going. Behind the scheme is a sociopathic monster collecting a ransom for each child in the Chain. You might think you couldn't do it but would you let your child die?The first part of the book makes for compulsive page-turning reading as we watch Rachel, a single mother s The premise of this book is chilling. Your child is kidnapped and to get them back you must kidnap someone else's child and tell his/her parents that they need to kidnap a child to get their own back ... and so the Chain keeps going. Behind the scheme is a sociopathic monster collecting a ransom for each child in the Chain. You might think you couldn't do it but would you let your child die?The first part of the book makes for compulsive page-turning reading as we watch Rachel, a single mother struggle with her conscience and morals to play her part in the Chain and save her thirteen year old daughter Kylie. McKinty's writing is tight and tense as Rachel embarks on this dangerous game. In part two of the book, the pace slows as the backstory to the Chain is introduced and I did think this section could have been sharper, but it soon ramps up again to a dramatic ending.McKinty has developed some great characters, both good and evil. Rachel is smart, loving mother who would do anything for her daughter and Kylie is a feisty, brave teenager. They've been through a lot together and struggle to return to normal life knowing that the Chain is still there and they are still watched. The monster pulling the strings that keeps the Chain going is an intelligent sociopath, although some of her actions seem a bit questionable (view spoiler)[would she really start dating someone that close to the Chain? (hide spoiler)]. Although there is not as much opportunity for McKinty's signature humour and pop culture references that we've come to love in his Sean Duffy series (and I hope he will keep writing these), this is nail-biting drama at its best (and there is that little joke about good books finishing at chapter 77). 4.5★
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    The Chain. What an elaborate concept...and nightmare! This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagine...and be a part of!!This cover caught my attention when I first saw it on NG. Then it was popping up everywhere. It was receiving so much hype and praise, I had to request it.It’s easy...Follow The Chain and you get your kid back. Pay the ransom. Find another target and kidnap someone. The Chain continues. Each link in The Chain is precious. The Chain has to go on. No police The Chain. What an elaborate concept...and nightmare! This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagine...and be a part of!!This cover caught my attention when I first saw it on NG. Then it was popping up everywhere. It was receiving so much hype and praise, I had to request it.It’s easy...Follow The Chain and you get your kid back. Pay the ransom. Find another target and kidnap someone. The Chain continues. Each link in The Chain is precious. The Chain has to go on. No police! Whatever you do, Don’t Break The Chain! The Chain has never been successfully broken.McKinty didn’t waste time. From page one, this is a fast-past thriller, filled with action, tension and fear. I wasn’t sure McKinty could sustain that same emotion throughout the story, but he pulled it off!It’s Thursday morning and Kylie is sitting at the bus stop. Like a typical 13-year-old, her social media/phone are more interesting than her surroundings. Before she has time to respond, there is a man standing in front of her. He’s wearing a ski mask and pointing a gun at her.”She knows she shouldn’t have gotten into the vehicle. That’s how girls vanish. That’s how girls vanish every day. If you get in the car it’s over. If you get in the car, you’re lost forever. You don’t get in the vehicle, you turn around and you run, run, run.”Kylie is thinking about her mom. She doesn’t deserve this. First the cancer, then the divorce, now her daughter is kidnapped. Rachel is on her way to the oncologist. Probably bad news. Her phone rings. It’s an unknown caller.“Two things you must remember,” a voice says through some kind of speech-distortion machine. “Number one: you are not the first and you will certainly not be the last. Number two: remember, it’s not about the money—it’s about The Chain.”McKinty is now on my radar and “The Chain”, which is my first read of July, is also a fav read of 2019! My Rating: 4.5⭐️’s (rounding up 😊) Published: July 9th 2019 by Mulholland BooksPages: 368Recommend: YesExcerpts: “A true predator sometimes kills even when it isn’t hungry.”Thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Adrian McKinty for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!#NetGalley #DontBreakTheChain
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  • Veronica ⭐️
    January 1, 1970
    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...Make sure you have plenty of free time before you start reading The Chain as this is one book you won’t be able to put down!The premise of the story was intriguing. Ordinary people pulled into a web of kidnapping and murder. How far would you go to save your child?McKinty has put a deadly twist on the chain letters of the 70’s combining them with the spate of Mexican child abductions, throw in society’s unstoppable need to share their lives via social med *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...Make sure you have plenty of free time before you start reading The Chain as this is one book you won’t be able to put down!The premise of the story was intriguing. Ordinary people pulled into a web of kidnapping and murder. How far would you go to save your child?McKinty has put a deadly twist on the chain letters of the 70’s combining them with the spate of Mexican child abductions, throw in society’s unstoppable need to share their lives via social media and we have a plot that is spine-chillingly real.Rachel gets a phone call that her daughter has been kidnapped. She must follow a set of rules; pay a ransom, kidnap another child, pass the rules on to their parents, and so the chain continues.The character development is superb. To really want Rachel to succeed we need to have empathy for her and McKinty builds the attachment well. Rachel’s husband has left her for a younger woman, her breast cancer has returned, she’s had to hold down dead end jobs to survive and now her daughter has been kidnapped.Rachel fights for her daughter’s life as the demands get higher and the schedule gets tighter she enlists the help of her brother-in-law, a flawed character but with a heart of gold.The plot is quite intricate with victims, potential victims and victims of victims. There is a large cast of characters.The first part of the book is all about The Chain; phone calls, threats, kidnappings. The second part is how Rachel and her daughter try to cope after the ordeal. The knowledge that they are always part of The Chain is tearing them apart. Rachel is determined not to stop until the instigator of The Chain is uncovered.The Chain is an adrenaline filled roller coaster ride of breath-holding, heart-stopping action and suspense.*I received a copy from the publisher
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty is worthy of the hype it’s getting. A powerhouse of a novel for the Irish-turned-American author, McKinty’s pulse-pounding thrill ride is definitely all it’s cracked up to be. Rachel is a recently divorced mother, and cancer survivor, raising her young daughter Kylie. One day, while waiting at the bus stop, Kylie is abducted. Panicked and frightened, Rachel receives a call from someone identified only as “The Chain” and giving Rachel detailed instructions; to see K “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty is worthy of the hype it’s getting. A powerhouse of a novel for the Irish-turned-American author, McKinty’s pulse-pounding thrill ride is definitely all it’s cracked up to be. Rachel is a recently divorced mother, and cancer survivor, raising her young daughter Kylie. One day, while waiting at the bus stop, Kylie is abducted. Panicked and frightened, Rachel receives a call from someone identified only as “The Chain” and giving Rachel detailed instructions; to see Kylie again she must transfer money to an unidentifiable bank account, she must not inform police and she must abduct someone else’s child or the Chain will be broken and Kylie will be lost forever. Rachel is forced to go to great lengths to get her daughter back and soon learns how far a mother will go for her child. This novel apparently was inspired by similar Mexican kidnappings years ago, headed by the cartel and other criminal organizations that forced relatives to exchange their own lives for those of their loved ones. Just as creepy, “The Chain” brings every parents’ worst nightmare to life. A creative tale, McKinty’s novel is unlike anything I had ever read before. Sure, kidnapping novels are a dime-a-dozen, some with positive endings and others with not-so-positive ones. This novel however, took the kidnapping genre and kicked it up a notch. Rachel is immediately likable, a strong woman who identifies as a mother first and an academic cancer survivor second, going to great lengths to save her young and vibrant daughter, Kylie. Each character in this novel is authentic and functionally dysfunctional, making them easy to root for. We even get a bit of background into the creators’ of The Chain (and we know how much I enjoy the inner workings of a psychopath) , which made this novel even more enjoyable. Narrated almost exclusively by Rachel, this novel is non-stop from start to finish. Short chapters, ending with a cliff hanger, make it impossible to put down. In fact, this is one of those novels I was thinking about and dreaming about (when I wasn’t reading it ) . “The Chain” is a novel that will stick with you. It surely gives you a hell of a lot to think about. If you have children, this novel will petrify you. If you have social media, you will become super paranoid and will start to double check and examine all of the information you post. There is no one that this novel will not affect in some way. Fascinating, page-turning, gripping and thought-provoking, “The Chain” is sure to be the must-read book of the summer.
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  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    This is quite a departure for Adrian McKinty, and though it took me a minute to get used to, The Chain is a clever, gripping thriller that delivers a big dose of creepy! I don't want to give much away, but the story revolves around a network that orchestrates kidnappings by parents in exchange for their own children. It's a network single mother Rachel gets trapped in. In The Chain, McKinty has shown he doesn't have to be defined by writing about Ireland during The Troubles nor his memorable det This is quite a departure for Adrian McKinty, and though it took me a minute to get used to, The Chain is a clever, gripping thriller that delivers a big dose of creepy! I don't want to give much away, but the story revolves around a network that orchestrates kidnappings by parents in exchange for their own children. It's a network single mother Rachel gets trapped in. In The Chain, McKinty has shown he doesn't have to be defined by writing about Ireland during The Troubles nor his memorable detective Sean Duffy. That being said, I am a big fan of that particular series, so I hope he stays at it. My only criticism is that the story moved very fast to about the halfway point, when something happened that really slowed it down and made it drag a bit. All in all though, a solid thriller with a fascinating premise, even if the execution was a little wobbly at times. I'm always excited to see what McKinty comes up with next.Thanks to Mulholland Books for supplying me with this copy of The Chain in exchange for an host review.Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Chain by Adrian McKinty from Goodreads for my honest review.Remember when we were children and we used to get chain letters from our friends saying we had to do something and pass it on or something bad would happen. Well this is similar to that but more extreme. Imagine your child being kidnapped by "The Chain". The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another person's child and the chain continues from family to family and child to child. What wouldn't y I received a free e-copy of The Chain by Adrian McKinty from Goodreads for my honest review.Remember when we were children and we used to get chain letters from our friends saying we had to do something and pass it on or something bad would happen. Well this is similar to that but more extreme. Imagine your child being kidnapped by "The Chain". The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another person's child and the chain continues from family to family and child to child. What wouldn't you do to save your child? Would you be willing to take someone else's child to save your own child? Are you willing to put another child's parents through what you are going through? Or, will you take the risk, break the chain and risk having someone murder your child?A very fast moving, intense read that will shake you to the core!
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  • Perry
    January 1, 1970
    "This book is Jaws for parents." Don WinslowSet in and around Boston, Mass., this terrifying novel centers on an "ancient" chain of parents gaslit into doing whatever is necessary to protect their children. The novel follows the latest link in the chain, a 30-something divorced mom with remissive breast cancer, as she fights to save her 13-year-old daughter who has been kidnapped by the prior link, a couple whose son is being held captive until our protagonist comes through with her own kidnappi "This book is Jaws for parents." Don WinslowSet in and around Boston, Mass., this terrifying novel centers on an "ancient" chain of parents gaslit into doing whatever is necessary to protect their children. The novel follows the latest link in the chain, a 30-something divorced mom with remissive breast cancer, as she fights to save her 13-year-old daughter who has been kidnapped by the prior link, a couple whose son is being held captive until our protagonist comes through with her own kidnapping.Many times it is discomforting to read because it hits so close to home. I am quite sure that if my kids were still adolescents, I would have looked at this as more of a real life horror story. I agree with Don Winslow's comment on the cover that this book is "Jaws for parents.Imaginative novel well with the realm of reality. Not a moment of slack in the story. Taut midnight burner. A solid 4.5.
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  • Alafair Burke
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Knight’s daughter has been abducted, and the only way Rachel can save her is to add another kidnapped child to the terrifying chain. Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, THE CHAIN promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page.
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    "The Chain is a metaphor for the ties that bind all of us to friends and family. It is the umbilical link between mother and child, the way or path that the hero must travel in a quest, and it is the thin clew of crimson thread that is the solution Ariadne comes up with to the problem of the labyrinth." It all starts with a phone call from an Unknown Caller. The caller informs Rachel O'Neill's that her daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped. The caller's child has also been kidnapped by another st "The Chain is a metaphor for the ties that bind all of us to friends and family. It is the umbilical link between mother and child, the way or path that the hero must travel in a quest, and it is the thin clew of crimson thread that is the solution Ariadne comes up with to the problem of the labyrinth." It all starts with a phone call from an Unknown Caller. The caller informs Rachel O'Neill's that her daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped. The caller's child has also been kidnapped by another stranger. The only way to get Kylie back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Would you have what it takes to get your child back? Are you ruthless enough to be both victim and kidnapper?The premise of this book was fascinating! In the face of your worst nightmare becoming reality, what are you willing to do for your loved one? Rachel became the ultimate Mama Bear - nothing was going to stop her from getting Kylie back. That resonated with me deeply - there is nothing I wouldn't do for my girls. This was a compulsive, page-turning roller coaster of a read. McKinley's deadly spin on those darn chain letters we've all received at some point in our lives coupled with our current all digital, social media addicted world was absolutely genius! It's a tale unlike any other and I can't wait to watch the movie.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    It seemed like any other morning. Rachel's 13-year-old daughter Kylie was waiting at the bus stop while she headed to a doctor's appointment. On the way she received a call from an unknown number. The call told her that Kylie had been kidnapped, and she was now part of The Chain. Rachel was given explicit instructions. She has to pay a ransom electronically and then kidnap another child as her daughter had been kidnapped. If she follows the instructions to the letter, and the family of the child It seemed like any other morning. Rachel's 13-year-old daughter Kylie was waiting at the bus stop while she headed to a doctor's appointment. On the way she received a call from an unknown number. The call told her that Kylie had been kidnapped, and she was now part of The Chain. Rachel was given explicit instructions. She has to pay a ransom electronically and then kidnap another child as her daughter had been kidnapped. If she follows the instructions to the letter, and the family of the child she kidnaps do the same, then Kylie will be released. Any deviations from this script, any calls to the police or FBI for help, any trying to outsmart those in charge will result in Kylie being killed, if not Rachel as well."You've never experienced fear until something or someone puts your child in danger. Dying is not the worst thing that can happen to you. The worst thing that can happen to you is for something to happen to your kid. Having a child instantly turns you into a grown-up."Rachel is utterly overwhelmed by the tasks that lay ahead, but she has no choice. She never imagined she'd be the type of person to kidnap a child, be willing to sacrifice their life for her daughter's, but protecting your child makes you do unbelievable things. When your life is falling apart completely, how do you convince the world that it's just another day, that you're perfectly fine?I'm giving a fairly vague plot summary because it's best to let things unfold without much knowledge or expectation. Adrian McKinty's The Chain has an amazing concept at its core—talk about the worst kind of pay-it-forward you've ever seen! Rachel and some of the others involved are tremendously believable even as the things that they are doing are utterly unbelievable, but it makes you wonder how you might react if faced with the same situation.The book starts with a bang, but the pace starts to lag after a bit. At times the narrative gets a little too technical, and I'm never a big fan of when a book needs to spend a lot of time explaining the evil plot. And while the pace picks up toward the end, I found the conclusion tremendously predictable and a little ridiculous, which is saying a lot considering how crazy the whole concept is.I've seen a few friends rave over this book, so maybe my cynicism with thrillers is showing again. McKinty is a talented writer and I love the concept he has come up with. If this interests you, I'd definitely encourage you to read it—July seems to be the month for me to challenge a lot of highly rated favorites!!See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    It's the call no parent wants to receive."You have to remain calm and you have to listen carefully to everything I say. You must write down all the rules and you cannot deviate from them. If you break the rules or call the police, you will be blamed and I will be blamed. Your daughter will be killed and my son will be killed."But, this is not your typical kidnapping with a simple ransom demand. It's much more devious than that . . ."I kidnapped your daughter so that my boy will be released. He's It's the call no parent wants to receive."You have to remain calm and you have to listen carefully to everything I say. You must write down all the rules and you cannot deviate from them. If you break the rules or call the police, you will be blamed and I will be blamed. Your daughter will be killed and my son will be killed."But, this is not your typical kidnapping with a simple ransom demand. It's much more devious than that . . ."I kidnapped your daughter so that my boy will be released. He's been kidnapped and is being held by a man and woman I don't know. You must select a target and kidnap that person's loved ones so The Chain will go on."In other words - if you ever want to see your child again, you must force another parent to experience the agony that you're going through right now. As edge-of-your-seat thrillers go, this is a damned fine one. It's interesting how this plot meshes so well with our current passion for sharing the most trivial details of our lives on social media. Perhaps you may want to rethink posting that bit about running late for picking your son up from soccer practice . . .McKinty's been plugging away at the writing game for years, and his dark crime novels have earned him many fans, but not a place with the BIG WRITERS. I suspect this book will be the one that puts him on the map, and establishes him as a major player. "The Chain is a cage always in search of the most vulnerable birds . . . "
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much, Muholland Books, and Happy Pub Day!This one sounds right up my alley...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 2.5-3 but probably closer to 3 due to the premise and first third. I'll have my full review closer to pub date but for now I'll say, I was so excited about this book, the premise is chilling and it's blurbed by ALL of my favorite crime writers. The first third of the book pulled me in but then...not so much. The story lost momentum, I didn't care about the characters (except maybe Kylie) and the author completely lost me with the technology jargon and plot developments later in the b I'm between 2.5-3 but probably closer to 3 due to the premise and first third. I'll have my full review closer to pub date but for now I'll say, I was so excited about this book, the premise is chilling and it's blurbed by ALL of my favorite crime writers. The first third of the book pulled me in but then...not so much. The story lost momentum, I didn't care about the characters (except maybe Kylie) and the author completely lost me with the technology jargon and plot developments later in the book...I skimmed which is never a good sign. I really need to stop letting author blurbs sway me
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Some books are hyped to high heaven without justification, but the excitement surrounding The Chain, written by a multiple award-winning crime writer, is perfectly justifiable as this thriller has a considerable amount of substance to it. I read over 1000 books per year, with the bulk being from the crime thriller genre, but it's a rarity to come across one that I know I will remember for many, many years to come; this is the epitome of unforgettable. I highly doubt that there will be a better b Some books are hyped to high heaven without justification, but the excitement surrounding The Chain, written by a multiple award-winning crime writer, is perfectly justifiable as this thriller has a considerable amount of substance to it. I read over 1000 books per year, with the bulk being from the crime thriller genre, but it's a rarity to come across one that I know I will remember for many, many years to come; this is the epitome of unforgettable. I highly doubt that there will be a better book forthcoming to knock The Chain off the top spot as my favourite book of 2019.It begins by dropping you right into the middle of exciting, fast-paced action that starts the story off in such a captivating fashion; I was gripped and tried so hard to slow my reading speed because this is such a high-quality thriller and there is so much that should be savoured within it. The writing is some of the most compelling I've encountered in a while and I genuinely felt bereft when I reached the end.It is a thoroughly unnerving and deliciously disturbing read and is so compulsively readable that I effectively cancelled my plans to ensure I had the time to enjoy it. This is as close to my perfect thriller as it gets. The chilling story centres around a family whose child is kidnapped and in order to get them back the parents must kidnap another child and so on and so forth. McKinty has crafted such a claustrophobic and almost stifling atmosphere and it runs the entirety of the novel.So believe the hype people; it's real and I can guarantee any crime connoisseur will swiftly fall under the author's spell. I don't think it's really possible for me to adequately express just how fantastic The Chain actually is, so I would say — READ IT! The potent mix of incredible plotting, twisty surprises, rapid-fire action and fantastic characterisation. Be warned, though, this is not for the faint-hearted as it is one of the sickest and most twisted books I've picked up in years, and I loved every single second of it.I am already terribly excited about what's to come in the future; Mr McKinty please don't make us wait too long! Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Remember those chain letters you used to get as a kid? If you broke them then oh the CONSEQUENCES! I always hated them and if the consequences were to actually come to fruition, then lord help my soul... but then my dark mind thinks hey, I'm not dead yet (right?) so maybe they'll come later on... after all, there's no time limit... isn't there?Now take those a step further -- your child has been kidnapped and in order for you to get her back, you have to now kidnap another child and then put tha Remember those chain letters you used to get as a kid? If you broke them then oh the CONSEQUENCES! I always hated them and if the consequences were to actually come to fruition, then lord help my soul... but then my dark mind thinks hey, I'm not dead yet (right?) so maybe they'll come later on... after all, there's no time limit... isn't there?Now take those a step further -- your child has been kidnapped and in order for you to get her back, you have to now kidnap another child and then put that kid's parents through the same thing you're going through. Could you stomach it? Would there be any other choice?!This book takes off right at the start and you're in for a high anxiety roller coaster. While I thoroughly enjoyed this read and got through it quickly, it did lack a little substance in character building. I never connected with any of them and needed a little bit more. I also wonder about the realistic portion of Pete's addiction and the epi pen parts of the story line, but hey, this is FICTION, so many things get a pass for me - especially in thrillers. However, on the side of high entertainment and a page turner, well this one is most definitely that through and through.The thing about The Chain is that once you've completed your mission, you're still a part of it.... and always will be until the day you die. Depending on how you act afterwards will directly determine how long until that day comes. Remember, it's never about the money.. it's about THE CHAIN.Thank you Mulholland Books for this copy.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    This book had a lot going for it. It had a great premise, that of a mother's love or her child, a devious group of people perpetuating kidnapping a child to free your own child, and a somewhat likeable protagonist. However, for me, it fell short on a few levels.First of all, I had trouble with the writing which seemed, even though interspersed with philosophical sayings, a bit simplistic. In fact, at one point I had to check the book's cover to see if it was tagged as a young adult story. Along This book had a lot going for it. It had a great premise, that of a mother's love or her child, a devious group of people perpetuating kidnapping a child to free your own child, and a somewhat likeable protagonist. However, for me, it fell short on a few levels.First of all, I had trouble with the writing which seemed, even though interspersed with philosophical sayings, a bit simplistic. In fact, at one point I had to check the book's cover to see if it was tagged as a young adult story. Along with my first qualm is the usual, "how could that possibly be" question. There were a few situations that just seemed a bit unrealistic and stretched one's imagination. However, that is what thrillers often do right?It was a quick read story and one that did have a very interesting aspect as its main idea so that's why the three stars are awarded from me. I was hoping for a story that would bring me out of the valley of slump, but unfortunately, this was not the book to do that. On the plus side, I did finish it which these days is a definite plus as my dnf file has greatly grown recently. Others have really liked this story so please check out their reviews when considering this story.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Pitch perfect execution of a brilliant concept, probably going to be one of the most addictive books of 2019. Superb.A fuller review will surely follow but I'm fairly sure I'm in The Chain now so will await instructions...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    Julie reading thrillers, watch out guys! As a non-thriller person it's hard for me to be like "If you love thriller books read this!" I just don't know the genre well enough, you know? But I do know that my weak scaredy cat ass could handle this book so take for what it is. This is a novel about The Chain, where it's not about the money (but you're still gonna pay!), it's about continuing the chain of kidnappings to perpetuate the criminal mastermind baby of some sick and twisted peeps. Your chi Julie reading thrillers, watch out guys! As a non-thriller person it's hard for me to be like "If you love thriller books read this!" I just don't know the genre well enough, you know? But I do know that my weak scaredy cat ass could handle this book so take for what it is. This is a novel about The Chain, where it's not about the money (but you're still gonna pay!), it's about continuing the chain of kidnappings to perpetuate the criminal mastermind baby of some sick and twisted peeps. Your child is kidnapped and the only way to get them back is to first pay the ransom and then research and kidnap another child and make sure their parents fall in line with The Chain, also. Only when the next person in the chain completes their payment and kidnapping will your child be set free and so on and so on. Rachel will do anything to get her daughter, Kylie, back. I'm not a parent so this didn't hit as hard as it could have but I imagine that reading this as a parent would be really difficult. Special trigger warnings for parents of children with life threatening allergies! This is not an easy book to read and there's a lot unpacked in it but I also kinda loved it. I'm aware that I lead a sheltered ass Ameican life and that this novel was based off actual crime rings in Mexico, largely linked to the drug cartels there. I can't even imagine! Overall, if you think you can handle the content, it was a quick and heart-pounding read. Trigger Warnings: PTSD, drug abuse and on-page use (heroin, needles, cooking, and vivid descriptions of both the cravings and the fix), violence against children, kidnapping, murder (lots of them), gun violence, psychological torture, detailed description of an episode of anaphylactic shock after peanut allergy exposure, talk of suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, cancer, and murder of children. I hope I got them all...but there were a lot, guys. Please go into this carefully if any of these things bother you.
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  • [[ Frankie ]]
    January 1, 1970
    This book was INCREDIBLE! May possibly be the best book I’ve read so far this year! Full review coming in the next couple days. ;p
  • Alisa
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited about this and had pre-ordered then I saw the author being a cry baby over a 1 star review and talking badly about reviewers on Twitter so..........pre-order cancelled and author bumped to the "nope" list. Stephen King is promoting your book and you're still filled with Whah over a Vine review?? *hands over Costco size box of kleenex*
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