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 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...

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Title:The Chain
Author:Adrian McKinty
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The Chain Reviews

  • Kaceey

    Victim or abuser. Which is actually worse? And what if you had to play the role of both?

    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?

    From start to finish I was also at the mercy of those behind the chain. (Ok...the author!) Couldn’t wait to see how

    Victim or abuser. Which is actually worse? And what if you had to play the role of both?

    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?

    From start to finish I was also at the mercy of those behind the chain. (Ok...the author!) Couldn’t wait to see how this would play out! Definitely one of my favorite thrillers for 2019! I cannot stop thinking about this one!

    Highly recommend for all thriller lovers! Toes tapping! Can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!

    A buddy read with Susanne!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Adrian McKinty for an ARC to read and review.

  • 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! 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 more than chosen wisely 50 thrillers. My favorites: “The night before”, “Dear Wife”, “Before She was found”. I can happily tell that, I found my fourth best book of this year! I completely, honestly, highly recommend this one to the all the thriller book lovers.

  • Peter

    This book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of

    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.

    This book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of

    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.

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Nicola

    4.5 stars

    “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”

    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 ..........

    Adrian McKinty wrote the first draft of

    ‘The Chain’ in Mexico

    4.5 stars

    “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”

    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 ..........

    Adrian McKinty wrote the first draft of

    ‘The Chain’ in Mexico City in 2012 after learning about the Mexican concept of exchange kidnappings,whereby a family member offers himself or herself as a replacement hostage for a more vulnerable kidnap victim.

    He tied that idea to an event from the late 1970’s the era of poisonous chain letters.

    ‘The Chain’ completely gripped me from the off.

    Rachel a single parent dealing with cancer finds herself in this exact predicament when her 13 year old daughter Kylie is kidnapped on her way to school.

    Now she must commit a heinous crime if she ever wants to see the daughter who is ‘her world’ alive again.

    The premise of this story totally terrified me.

    I couldn’t help thinking what would I do in this situation!

    Without a shadow of a doubt I’d do what was asked of me. What loving mother wouldn’t!!

    This story is completely plot driven with pacing that moves along at a steady rate.

    I did prefer the first half as I was compulsively turning the pages totally gripped!

    The second half delves further into the logistics of the plot,but I still found myself engaged continuously wanting to know how events would be played out.

    Some might say the story is a tad far fetched and the ending a little on the predictable side.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it though.It’s a great piece of escapism and a book I can see many reading on the plane or the beach!

    I can easily see ‘The Chain’ transferring to the big screen of which ‘Paramount Pictures’ have already secured the rights to.

    Congratulations to the author for persevering when his life became tough and writing may not have always been the easiest route for a career.

    Here’s hoping to many more successes in the future.

    “It only takes two facing mirrors

    to construct a labyrinth “

  • 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 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.

  • megs_bookrack

    On her way into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, Rachel thinks that her 13-year old daughter, Kiley, is getting on the bus and heading off to school just like any other day.

    Unfortunately, that is far from the truth and suddenly she gets a chilling phone call that will change everything.

    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

    On her way into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, Rachel thinks that her 13-year old daughter, Kiley, is getting on the bus and heading off to school just like any other day.

    Unfortunately, that is far from the truth and suddenly she gets a chilling phone call that will change everything.

    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.

    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 more 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!

  • Meredith

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Susanne  Strong

    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

    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.”

    Still, I was intrigued by the idea of this and it started off Hella strong. Like Wowza. The characters of Rachel and her daughter Kylie totally pulled me in - the mother who would do anything to get her daughter back and Kylie, who was desperate to get out of the situation she was in? Heck, yes! I am in! But then the story took a bit of a turn in the second half and the story dragged on and sadly, became a bit too technical for me. The ending became obvious fairly quickly, which was also a disappointment. That said, I give the author full credit for the premise and the first half of the story which grabbed my attention immediately.

    A huge thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland and Adrian McKinty for an ARC of this novel in exchange or an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 5.19.19.

    Will be published on Amazon on 7.9.19

  • 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 experience of this book. I went in knowing cancer

    It wasn't my favorite.

    I have mixed feelings because I tried to love it but hated the way Rachel went from being a meek mom to a pistol-whipping badass in a few chapters.

    I guess kidnap will do that.

    That said, the concept is brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT, and the ending was very satisfying.

    The breast cancer piece was terribly difficult for me as I have a good friend struggling for her life right now. I acknowledge that this may have affected my experience of this book. I went in knowing cancer was part of the story and I should have known better. (I usually read a book in a day and this took me 4 days...just too hard.)

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