THE CHAIN, by Adrian McKinty, Mulmolland Books, Little Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group


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.

Out July 2019

368 Pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book bothered me to no end. After reading it, I was so upset and angry… which I suppose means the book was successful in its intent. The writing was incredible, the author’s voice addictive to the point where you couldn’t put it down, even if you wanted to.

What a nightmare story. The scary part about it is that it really could happen. I think this is what made me so angry with it. I can’t even fathom going through something like this. I can’t imagine the parents surviving such horrific and… heart-wrenching scenarios.

The Chain is pure evil, incredibly upsetting and unnerving. To deal with a situation that can only be called relentless, and frightening possible, leaves me gob-smacked. If it wasn’t for the dark humour scattered throughout, the plot would reek of horror. It’s twisty and twisted, creepy and goose bump jolting. I’ve read many thrillers that left me thinking, wow! This one left me thinking, OMG!

It moves along fast, strikes hard and slithers away to hide in the shadows, just like a viper! Mind-blowing, stomach upsetting and heart-racing, all in one book. After reading this, all I could think of, is what would I do to save my child, any child?

The characters were heavily drawn, composed with horrendous faults and conflicts, the very fabric of their beings flawed to inhuman depths. Yet, unbelievably gifted. The conflict is written with impossible means of resolution, yet somehow, the MC overcomes each wall/barrier of resolution in ways that strike you as profound and insurmountable.

Silence of The Lambs, left me feeling baffled. The Chain leaves me feeling like I just crawled out of the ground covered in dirt and bugs. A true thriller, probably the king of thrillers, The Chain will be an unforgettable read.

I read this one twice!

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