Reviews

The Chain – Adrian McKinty

‘Starting THE CHAIN is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You’ll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus – guaranteed.’
VAL McDERMID

‘Incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.’
STEPHEN KING

‘Scary, plausible, gripping … If you like compelling storytelling, this taut thriller is going to be your summer holiday read.’
IAN RANKIN

I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime. It just doesn’t get any better than THE CHAIN.’
STEVE CAVANAGH

About the book:

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

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

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

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:

YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

About the author:

Adrian McKinty is a crime novelist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

His books have won the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award. Adrian is also a two time Dagger nominee and shortlistee for the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year.

My Review:

Unless you have been living under a rock, don’t have a twitter account or forgot to pay your Broadband bill over the past 6 months you may have missed all the chatter about THE CHAIN the new standalone, thriller by Adrian McKinty.  With incredible reviews from all the best crime writers including Stephen King, Val McDermid and Dennis Lehane it was hard to ignore the hype and excitement about this book.

I was fortunate enough to read an early copy in April this year, but wanted to post my review around publication day so YOU can actually buy the book now as today (9th July) is publication day.

This is my first book by Adrian McKinty and I absolutely loved the premise of the book and the fact that everyone was raving about it so as soon as I received my copy I popped it to the top of my pile and started it immediately.

THE CHAIN is a fascinating and thought provoking story about how far we (as parents) are prepared to go to protect our children.  Rachel O’Neill is a newly divorced single mum, coping with breast cancer, a useless ex-husband and a 13 year old daughter when she gets a phone call which literally turns her world upside down and inside out.  Her daughter has been kidnapped and she needs to pay a ransom PLUS kidnap another child to ensure her daughter’s safety and release and now she’s part of THE CHAIN.

Now, as a parent myself I couldn’t even begin to imagine how Rachel felt but I could totally understand her “mama lioness” taking over – nothing will stop Rachel from getting her daughter back home even if it means going against everything she believes in and crossing  lines she would normally avoid .  With the help of her ex-brother in law Pete she intends to not only rescue her daughter but break THE CHAIN wide open at any cost.

This is a real roller coaster of a ride, gripping, terrifying and utterly addictive and I highly recommend it to fans of fast-paced thrillers.

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