YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.
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
I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on The Chain by Adrian McKinty blog tour. I was given a free ARC copy of The Chain but that has in no way influenced my review. My thanks to Leanne Oliver at Orion Books for being able to read minds and know this was a book I was desperate to get my mitts on and to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite. This book is a corker.
I spend an awful lot of time on Twitter. I’m not ashamed of that. It’s part of being a book blogger and part of the job I do. There are LOTS of books on Twitter. It’s a total book-haven with something for everyone. With that in mind, there are books I see and they don’t interest me (don’t get me wrong, I wish every success to the authors, publishers and everyone else involved – it’s just that I’m a psychological thriller and crime lover and if it doesn’t fall into that category then I let it pass me by). Then there are the books I see and I know that I HAVE TO READ THEM. Should I shout that a little louder? I KNOW I HAVE TO READ THEM! The Chain by Adrian McKinty was one such book. I saw a GIF. The deal was done…
How often do you feel like you have a connection with a book before you’ve even read it? To any of my blogger friends reading this, you may recognise this feeling. Everyone is talking about a certain book and then the FOMO kicks in and you know you HAVE to read it. It happens to me a few times a year. And then the poor book sits on my shelf gathering dust for….well, however long it takes me to remember how much I REALLY wanted to read it. The ‘gathering dust phase’ didn’t happen with The Chain. I started reading it the same day it arrived. I HAD to read this book immediately. I’m not even sure the book was completely out of the envelope before I made a start…
That premise. How can you resist that premise? I know I couldn’t. Are chain letters still a thing? I remember receiving a few when I was younger. They didn’t invoke any kind of fear or compulsion in me. The only thing they evoked was the desire to chuck the thing in the bin. But what if the message you received meant your child had been kidnapped? What if the only way to get your child back was to kidnap another child? And so on and so forth (#DontBreaktheChain). To save your child you must become a kidnapper and turn another family’s life upside-down causing fear, heartache and untold trauma to so many. And what if breaking the chain meant your child would die…?
That’s exactly the situation single mum, Rachel finds herself in after allowing her 13-year-old daughter, Kylie, to walk to the bus stop alone. And there begins Rachel’s nightmare and the start of a compelling, high energy tale about the bad things good people are capable of doing when put under extreme amounts of pressure. I loved it! It’s got everything you want; likeable and unlikeable characters (actually, the bad guys are pretty despicable characters in all fairness) and a flawless hook that won’t let you go even when you should really be doing ‘life stuff’. Plus the writing is just wonderful. Really, really top notch.
I really felt for Rachel but I’m still not sure if I liked her. I kept wincing as another terrible scenario or choice was forced upon her. If I could have read the book from behind my hands then I would have done. Rachel was frequently put into impossible situations and I eagerly watched as she made the only decision she could whilst shaking my head and muttering ‘noooooooo…’ under my breath. All the time reminding myself that ‘it’s just a book, it’s not real!’. Exactly how far would YOU go to save your child?
Would I recommend this book? I certainly would. It’s like nothing else you’ve read before and it will leave its mark on you. The story is gripping from start to finish and the ending is very satisfying. I wanted to race through this book yet savour every moment. I haven’t read a book by Adrian McKinty before but I can guarantee The Chain won’t be the last title I pick up by this author. A terrifying, edge-of-your-seat read which I highly recommend. The Chain is going to be massive!
I chose to read and review an ARC of The Chain. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Chain by Adrian McKinty was published in the UK by Orion Books on 9th July 2019 and is available in hardcover, audio and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | BookDepository | Goodreads |
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.
He studied law at Warwick University and philosophy at Oxford University before emigrating to New York City in the mid 90s.