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
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense

Reviews The Chain

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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...
  • Paromjit
    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...
  • Kaceey
    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 ...
  • Susanne Strong
    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...
  • Peter
    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
    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 ...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    "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...
  • Dita
    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...
  • megs_bookrack
    As Rachel drives into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, she thinks her daughter, 13-year old Kiley, is safe, getting on the bus and heading off to school. Then she gets a chilling phone call that rocks her world to its core.The caller says Kiley has been kidnapped and in order to get her back, Rachel needs to pay a hefty ransom and kidnap another child to take her place.An entity known as 'The Chain' is on the other end of the lin...
  • Dem
    . 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...
  • j e w e l s
    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...
  • Larry H
    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...
  • Amanda
    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...
  • Sandy
    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 an...
  • Kemper
    Fleetwood Mac warned us about this.Rachel O’Neil has had a rough time after a divorce and surviving a battle with cancer, but things are looking up with being in remission and a new teaching job. The promise of this next phase of her life is instantly shattered when she receives a phone call telling her that her young daughter Kylie has been kidnapped, and that Rachel is now the newest link in The Chain.Not only does Rachel have to quickly come...
  • Marialyce
    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...
  • Erin Clemence
    “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 ...
  • Carolyn
    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...
  • Zoeytron
    What would it take to turn you into a monster?  Park any misgivings you may have at the starting gate and buckle in for a thrill ride that will have your heart pounding.  Although the implausibility factor looms large, it did not mar my enjoyment of the novel for an instant.  Could this chain business really happen?  Not a chance in the world.  But so what?  Aren't we reading this type of thriller for an escape of sorts?   (view spoiler)...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    *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...
  • Julie (JuJu)
    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 ...
  • Malia
    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...
  • Perry
    "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...
  • Selena
    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...
  • Alafair Burke
    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.
  • Melki
    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)
    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...
  • Carolyn
    *4.5* stars. This terrific, fast-paced psychological thriller is not what I originally expected. I had preordered the book, but after learning a description, decided it was not for me and cancelled my order. The premise, although unique and original seemed preposterous. When I started seeing many glowing reviews, I ordered it again, and it turns out this was the most gripping thriller I have read for months. I am happy to say that the author, Adr...
  • Lou
    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...
  • Josh
    Promoted heavily (at least by the twitter folk I follow anyway) as Jaws for parents, The Chain is every parent's nightmare and certainly fits the 'Jaws for parents' analogy. Using a clever take on kidnapping, The Chain turns everyday parents into ruthless criminals who'd do anything to protect their love-ones, in turn, providing the mastermind behind the Chain complete anonymity ultimately rendering law enforcement null and void. From the depths ...