Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Title: The Chain

Author: Adrian McKinty

Published: July 9th 2019, Hachette Australia

Status: July 2019 courtesy BFredricksPR


My Thoughts:


“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.”

Adrian McKinty’s The Chain is a riveting thriller with a terrifying premise.

The Chain works like this: your child is kidnapped, and the only thing that will ensure their safe release is the payment of a ransom, and for you to then kidnap a child, whose parents must in turn pay a ransom, and kidnap a child. If you fail to comply, your child will die, if your victim’s parents fail to comply, you must kill their child and choose another target, or your child will die. Attempt to inform law enforcement, or in anyway interrupt The Chain and you and your entire family will be the first to die.

Rachel Klein is not an obvious target for this macabre network. She is newly divorced, recently in remission after treatment for breast cancer, and has very little money. When her thirteen year old daughter, Kylie, is abducted, and Rachel receives the chilling instructions as the newest link in The Chain, she balks, as most right-minded people would. What Rachel is being asked to do is unthinkable, but with the life of her beloved daughter at stake, Rachel realises she has no choice.

The first half of the book is an absolute page turner, I raced through it wondering just how far Rachel was willing to go. McKinty skilfully communicates the fear and desperation experienced by victims of The Chain. When the lives of our children are threatened there is very little a parent won’t do to protect them, and it is exactly that primal instinct that the sociopathic minds behind The Chain exploit.

“Be thankful for our mercy and remember that once you are on The Chain, you are on it forever. You are not the first and you will not be the last. We are watching, we are listening; we can come for you at any time.”

The pace slowed somewhat during the second half as Rachel, and Kylie, struggle with the aftermath of their experience, but it ramps up again as Rachel realises the only way she and her daughter will ever escape The Chain, is to expose the diabolical masterminds behind the scheme.

The Chain is an impressive thriller that will get your heart racing and keep the pages turning. Don’t miss being part of The Chain.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jul 09, 2019 @ 12:54:36

    Far out! Where do these ideas come from?! What a horrid scenario to find yourself in. Hope this book doesn’t give anyone any ideas…

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jul 09, 2019 @ 21:28:53

    Haaa, I am posting my review of this one tomorrow — and God do I co-sign all of this! I didn’t expect there to be an aftermath to the whole kidnapping, so I was surprised the kidnapping wasn’t the focus of the book.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Kendra | Kendra Loves Books
    Jul 09, 2019 @ 23:42:11

    This book sounds sooo good and I can’t wait to read it!! Great review!!

    ~ Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books



  4. Tanya Atkinson
    Jul 10, 2019 @ 05:12:51

    Oh my goodness, this sounds like an incredible thriller. I mean, the premise alone is pretty horrifying. Interesting that the story doesn’t end after the return of her daughter.



  5. BookerTalk
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 08:41:51

    I saw another review of this recently which was similarly enthusiastic. It is a very unusual premise for a plot ….

    Liked by 1 person


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  7. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 13:04:02

    Definitely need to read this!

    Liked by 1 person


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