The Chain

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

  • Title: The Chain
  • Author: Adrian McKinty
  • ISBN: The Chain
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  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ye 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 357 pages Published July 9th 2019 by Mulholland Books More Details Original Title The Chain ISBN 031653126X ISBN13 9780316531269 Edition Language English Other Editions 28 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Chain, please sign up Popular Answered Questions does anyone else wish Stephen King would stop plugging other authors 5 likeslike 2 months ago See all 10 answers Toni Reviews Randomness No and that goes for any author I like to hear about what my friends and favourite authors like Authors will be critical of other authors work No and that goes for any author I like to hear about what my friends and favourite authors like Authors will be critical of other authors work as they ll spot things the average 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exceptional to keep me engrossed His books are well over 400 pages, and I read them in a week I ve taken over a month to read some books that are half the size He has a new book out that I have already put on hold at my library I ve been waiting for it less flag See all 5 questions about The Chain Lists with This Book The Tonight Show Summer Reads 2019 unofficial 5 books 9 voters Mystery Thriller 2019 215 books 349 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.93 Rating details 7,703 ratings 1,593 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 1513 Espa ol 2 Italiano 5 Nederlands 14 P 1 Rom n 6 Svenska 1 Ti ng Vi t 1 esky, e tina 1 5 1 1 More filters Sort order Jul 18, 2019 Nilufer Ozmekik rated it it was amazing Shelves i m intrigued 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 Pete 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 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 flag 251 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Nilufer Ozmekik Enjoy your reading Aug 27, 2019 10 18PM Jeff Resnick The plot has holes than a trycophobic s worst nightmare Aug 28, 2019 07 55PM Jun 08, 2019 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery, netgalley, crime fiction, thriller 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 flag 202 likesLike see review View all 34 comments May 31, 2019 Kaceey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves buddy read, top reads for 2019, netgalley Whoa This book will have you laser focused from the first paragraphright to the last Victim or abuser Which is actually worse And what if you had to play the role of both Whatever you dodon 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 Okthe author Couldn t wait to see how t Whoa This book will have you laser focused from the first paragraphright to the last Victim or abuser Which is actually worse And what if you had to play the role of both Whatever you dodon 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 Okthe 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 flag 147 likesLike see review View all 63 comments May 19, 2019 Susanne Strong rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 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 on 5.19.19.Will be published on on 7.9.19 flag 122 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin Terrific review hun Aug 14, 2019 03 08PM Heather Hazleton Totally agree Aug 29, 2019 07 26PM Jun 24, 2019 Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves crime, netgalley, thriller, favorites, mystery 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 flag 124 likesLike see review View all 55 comments Apr 21, 2019 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, giveaways, thriller, massachusetts, read in 2019, fiction 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 flag 116 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Jul 29, 2019 BernLuvsBooks Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, adult reads 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 flag 111 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Jul 15, 2019 Dita rated it liked it Shelves group discussion 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 daysjust too hard flag 108 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Jul 09, 2019 megs_bookrack rated it really liked it Shelves arcs read Driving into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, Rachel thinks her 13 year old daughter, Kiley, is safe, getting on the bus and heading off to school Then she gets the 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 line and they make their money by fusing traditional kidn Driving into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, Rachel thinks her 13 year old daughter, Kiley, is safe, getting on the bus and heading off to school Then she gets the 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 line and they make their money by fusing traditional kidnappings together with the horrifying chain letter concept of the 1980s They are very detailed in their directions to Rachel and they make it clear, she is not the first and she won t be last Whatever you do, do not break the chain.Rachel already knows she will do anything they say Kiley is her whole world and she will stop at nothing to get her back We follow along with Rachel and her brother in law, Pete, as they work around the clock to ensure Kiley s release.This dark, crime thriller is highly entertaining It starts off with a bang and you instantly feel a part of the action The premise is super creative and I love how intense the majority of the story was Rachel has to almost immediately transform herself in order to play The Chain s game She goes from meek, defeated suburban housewife to a criminal mastermind.I can get behind that.For me, the pacing was a little off I did enjoy the first half of the book a lot than the second half but overall, it s a solid story You have to be able to just roll with a few implausible details and have fun with it That s what it is meant to be, a fun, wild ride.McKinty s writing is engaging and I liked the different perspectives he offered us throughout It provided a nice wide scope for taking in The Chain s reach.I particularly liked learning about the villain s background and early life Seeing where they were coming from added to the darkness of the story and that s basically what I am here for.Thank you so much to the publisher, Mulholland Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review I appreciate the opportunity and I know a lot of Thriller Readers will enjoy this one flag 101 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Aug 27, 2019 Meredith rated it liked it Shelves overdrive My feelings are all over the place with this one Loved it in the beginning, but I wasn t a fan by the end The Chain has a fascinating premise and is told in two parts Part one begins with a bang When Rachel, a single mom who has fought her fair share of battles, learns her daughter has been kidnapped by The Chain, she learns she must not only pay a ransom but kidnap another child to free her daughter Will she kidnap someone else s child or will she risk losing her daughter forever.Part My feelings are all over the place with this one Loved it in the beginning, but I wasn t a fan by the end The Chain has a fascinating premise and is told in two parts Part one begins with a bang When Rachel, a single mom who has fought her fair share of battles, learns her daughter has been kidnapped by The Chain, she learns she must not only pay a ransom but kidnap another child to free her daughter Will she kidnap someone else s child or will she risk losing her daughter forever.Part two Rachel finds herself getting pulled back into The Chain to take down those running the kidnapping ring Background is given on those who run The Chain This is where I grew bored, as the writing turned gimmicky Those who run The Chain came off as cartoonish psychopaths vs the brilliant masterminds I was expecting Making matters even worse, the ending just kind of happens and didn t match the build up The final chapters were hard to read, as the narrator began to sound like a bad movie voiceover and events occurred that I just couldn t wrap my mind around Needless to say, I could no longer suspend my disbelief The Chain is an action packed read with a unique premise Sadly, it is lacking in execution What started out with so much promise, left me with a lot of unanswered questions and eye rolls flag 127 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Meredith Jess wrote Oh no I only bought this yesterday in hardback please don t say I wasted my money great honest review Meredith Thank you, Jess Many Jess wrote Oh no I only bought this yesterday in hardback please don t say I wasted my money great honest review Meredith Thank you, Jess Many people have loved it it just wasn t for me I hope you enjoy 11 hours, 20 min ago Cheri This sounds incredibly disappointing, Meredith Eye rolls give me headaches, so I m guessing that s what I d get out of reading this one I hope that This sounds incredibly disappointing, Meredith Eye rolls give me headaches, so I m guessing that s what I d get out of reading this one I hope that your next ones are much, much better 10 hours, 58 min ago Jul 19, 2019 Dem rated it really liked it Shelves thriller crime 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 flag 78 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jun 27, 2019 j e w e l s rated it really liked it Shelves books bejeweled 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 vulnerable kidnap victim McKinty has a fascinating history himself, I loved reading about his life 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. flag 77 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jul 30, 2019 Larry H rated it liked it 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.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 71 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 04, 2019 Amanda rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 73 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jul 26, 2019 Sandy rated it liked it Shelves thriller, crime, tackling mt tbr, creepy, family drama, child abduction 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 d 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 flag 62 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Harriet Dickerson Exactly how I feel after finishing it Great review Thanks Aug 27, 2019 06 04PM Sandy Harriet wrote Exactly how I feel after finishing it Great review Thanks Thank you, Harriet Maybe just a case of expectations that were too high Harriet wrote Exactly how I feel after finishing it Great review Thanks Thank you, Harriet Maybe just a case of expectations that were too high Hope you re reading something great Aug 27, 2019 06 50PM Aug 03, 2019 Kemper rated it liked it Shelves crime mystery, 2019, bad guys rule, thriller 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 up with a cash ransom to save Kylie, but she also h 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 up with a cash ransom to save Kylie, but she also has to identify and kidnap another kid, just like the people who have Kylie did When Rachel pays up and snatches the next victim, the kidnappers of Kylie will have their child released Then once Rachel has gotten the parents of the kid she s taken to kidnap another child, Kylie will be released And so on and so on.Rachel quickly learns that the people running The Chain have come up with a fiendishly clever and self sustaining process If you try to go to the police, even after the return of your own child, you d be confessing to kidnapping Plus, they warn that once a member of The Chain you re never really free of it, and they may call upon you to do some other horrible task for them or risk you and your family being killed Essentially normal law abiding people are turned into instant criminals Rachel quickly realizes that appealing to the decency or humanity of the people holding Kylie is pointless once she realizes just how far she s willing to go herself I d been hearing a lot about this one even before it released thanks to authors like Don Winslow singing its praises, but I was a little leery The whole parent with a child in peril thing has been tired for me even before Liam Neeson murdered most of Europe to protect his precious baby girl However, I do recognize that it keeps coming up as a theme because it s universal and effective when done well.And it is done very well here At least for the first two thirds of the book I was less happy with the origin story of those behind The Chain, and the ultimate resolution seems just a little too convenient There s also one plot turn that I found very hard to buy into, and irritated me even because it seems like there was a better way to do it sitting right there That s what takes this from a 4 star thriller to a very satisfied 3 stars I d go 3 and a half, but.you know Thanks, Despite my disappointment with the last act I still gotta say that it has incredible momentum for the first half It starts with a great first line, and just absolutely cooks right along from there for a good long while before petering out just a bit at the end I particularly enjoyed how quickly Rachel grasps the situation and how she jumps into the mode of acquiring cash and working on her own child kidnapping scheme That idea of a parent being absolutely willing to inflict the same kind of fear and pain they re going through on someone else to save their own child is what gives the book some heft than just being an entertaining page turner flag 57 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jul 30, 2019 Marialyce rated it liked it Shelves books of 2019, library 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 flag 55 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jul 14, 2019 Erin Clemence rated it it was amazing 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 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 flag 54 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Meredith Fabulous review, Erin Glad you had a better time with this than I did, lol Aug 31, 2019 05 33PM Erin Clemence Meredith wrote Fabulous review, Erin Glad you had a better time with this than I did, lol Thanks, Meredith It was completely implausible in a lot Meredith wrote Fabulous review, Erin Glad you had a better time with this than I did, lol Thanks, Meredith It was completely implausible in a lot of spots but I liked the creative creepiness Sep 01, 2019 06 03AM Jul 24, 2019 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thriller, 2019 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 flag 60 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Aug 17, 2019 Zoeytron rated it really liked it Shelves public library 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 Loved the tie in with the unraveling thread from Rachel s 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 Loved the tie in with the unraveling thread from Rachel s red sweater to the legend of Ariadne and Theseus and the escape from the labyrinth hide spoiler flag 56 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jul 10, 2019 Veronica rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, crime 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 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 flag 49 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 03, 2019 Julie JuJu rated it it was amazing Shelves favs all time, ng 2019, books i have, br 2019, wom to nom, 2019 top reads The Chain What an elaborate conceptand nightmare This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagineand 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 easyFollow 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 conceptand nightmare This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagineand 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 easyFollow 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 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 flag 74 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jun 03, 2019 Malia rated it really liked it Shelves mystery suspense 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 reviews and bookish fun at flag 42 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 13, 2019 Perry rated it it was amazing 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 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 flag 41 likesLike see review Apr 20, 2019 Selena rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways, books i own I received a free e copy of The Chain by Adrian McKinty from 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 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 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 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 flag 42 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Feb 01, 2019 Alafair Burke rated it it was amazing 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 flag 38 likesLike see review Jul 14, 2019 Melki rated it really liked it Shelves thriller 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 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 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 flag 36 likesLike see review May 06, 2019 Renee itsbooktalk rated it liked it 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 thennot 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 thennot 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 bookI skimmed which is never a good sign I really need to stop letting author blurbs sway me flag 34 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Aug 18, 2019 NZLisaM rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, suspense, crime, mystery, romance, action If you thought chain letters were bad be grateful not to be involved in this chain.4.5 Rounded Up On her way to an oncology appointment, Rachel Klein s phone flashes with Unknown Caller .Upon answering, a woman informs her that she has kidnapped her teenage daughter, Kylie.She then tells Rachel she is now part of The ChainAnd to get her daughter back, she needs to kidnap someone else s child.But The Chain shouldn t have taken Kylie.Because Rachel s about to take bolt cutters to the links.This If you thought chain letters were bad be grateful not to be involved in this chain.4.5 Rounded Up On her way to an oncology appointment, Rachel Klein s phone flashes with Unknown Caller .Upon answering, a woman informs her that she has kidnapped her teenage daughter, Kylie.She then tells Rachel she is now part of The ChainAnd to get her daughter back, she needs to kidnap someone else s child.But The Chain shouldn t have taken Kylie.Because Rachel s about to take bolt cutters to the links.This novel was a blast Compulsive and bizarre, the plot twists were crazy, particularly as the book progressed This would normally be a pet peeve of mine, but in this instance it worked I think because the story centered on frightened kidnapped children, it was someone of a relief to realise that this scenario was unlikely to play out in real life The swift paced, high stakes action meant there was never a dull moment And just when you thought a boring scene was on the horizon, it would either be rushed through at breakneck speed or omitted altogether My kind of book The author even managed to squeeze in a romantic subplot Rachel and Kylie were courageous, tough, and determined, as they fought to get back to one another, bring down The Chain, and punish those responsible Few POV s, short chapters and an easy to keep track of chain of events Hah had me racing through the pages Factor in an engrossing premise, and an explosive conclusion and Adrian McKinty has, in my eyes, written an absolute winner flag 30 likesLike see review View all 10 comments NZLisaM Deanna wrote Glad to see those five stars I hope to read this one soon It was totally bonkers, but I couldn t stop reading 14 hours, 23 min ago NZLisaM Nicola wrote Sorry I missed your review Lisa I really enjoyed this too It was far fetched but I really needed some escapism last week so it defini Nicola wrote Sorry I missed your review Lisa I really enjoyed this too It was far fetched but I really needed some escapism last week so it definitely gave me that Well, it is just a teaser, because I ve been so lazy writing reviews lately Escapism Yes The perfect word to describe it 14 hours, 21 min ago Jul 24, 2019 Carolyn rated it really liked it 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, Adrian McKinty, made a believer out of me in the plau 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, Adrian McKinty, made a believer out of me in the plausibility of the Chain , and in his skill in combining a compulsive, nerve wracking plot with believable characters in a highly emotional tale In fact, I was so enthralled with the plot, I found myself worrying that such a Chain could actually be happening in the real world and no one would ever know The story moved with propulsive speed and without unnecessary filler It managed to combine fear and an edge of the seat reading experience with some unexpected twists, and at the same time staying focused on the deep emotional trauma placed on its victims We learn of the ways, means and the threats which caused moral, upstanding adults to become kidnappers of children and even killers They were put in a situation where they were compelled to kidnap an innocent child in order to save their own This is the Chain and to break it would mean not only the death of their own kidnapped child but all the families around them in the chain would be marked for destruction Through such diabolical threats, we see how adult morals and principles could be shattered in order to save their own children Can anyone come up with a plan to destroy the Chain forever and still survive flag 30 likesLike see review View all 8 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Tor search engine 1 2 Aug 26, 2019 03 37PM Play Book Tag The Chain by Adrian McKinty 3 stars 1 9 Aug 17, 2019 08 14AM YA Buddy Readers The Chain by Adrian McKinty Starting July 21st 2019 5 18 Jul 22, 2019 05 02PM Librari Please correct page count 2 20 Jul 14, 2019 04 29PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Thriller 210 users Fiction 126 users Mystery 117 users Thriller Mystery Thriller 57 users Mystery Crime 45 users Suspense 41 users Adult 26 users Audiobook 25 users Horror 20 users Thriller Psychological Thriller 12 users See top shelves About Adrian McKinty Adrian McKinty 1,307 followers Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school Eng Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school English and began writing fiction He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children Books by Adrian McKinty More Trivia About The Chain No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Chain The darkness keeps its own counsel 1 likes A man once told me that 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