The Chain by Adrian McKinty

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 ...


Details The Chain

TitleThe Chain
ISBN9780316531269
Author
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherMulholland Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime
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Reviews The Chain

  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    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 hit...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    1970-01-01
    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! WOWWWW...
  • Kaceey
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Peter
    1970-01-01
    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 ult...
  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Susanne Strong
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Dita
    1970-01-01
    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 ex...
  • j e w e l s
    1970-01-01
    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’v...
  • Dem
    1970-01-01
    . 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 en...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    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 kidnappe...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    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-tur...
  • Julie (JuJu)
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    1970-01-01
    *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...
  • Erin Clemence
    1970-01-01
    “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 ...
  • Malia
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Selena
    1970-01-01
    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 fa...
  • Perry
    1970-01-01
    "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 o...
  • Alafair Burke
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    1970-01-01
    "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 cal...
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    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 instr...
  • Melki
    1970-01-01
    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 y...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    1970-01-01
    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 tech...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    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 unforgett...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Marialyce
    1970-01-01
    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 s...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 master...
  • [[ Frankie ]]
    1970-01-01
    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