14 Aug 2019

The Chain

Photo of the book cover of The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Crime
Thriller
⭐A 2019 Top Rated Read⭐

By Adrian McKinty

Paperback 352 pages
Publisher Orion (5 Mar 2020)

'A masterpiece. The Chain is one of the finest novels ever produced in the genre - up there with Marathon Man and Red Dragon. It just doesn't get any better than this. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime.' Steve Cavanagh, author of smash-hit Thirteen

๐Ÿ“•My Review


There's currently a huge buzz surrounding this novel, so when I received a review copy from the publisher I was thrilled and delighted. It seems everyone's either talking about it, currently reading it or adding it to their 'Want to Read' lists. I was drawn in by the blurb; it's exactly my kind of book.

Photo of the book cover of The Chain by Adrian McKinty
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An unknown caller telephones Rachel O'Neill and informs her that her daughter Kylie has been kidnapped. The only way to secure her release is to pay a ransom and abduct another family's child. Failure to do so or calling in the cops will result in Kylie's death. The Chain must not be broken.

Author Adrian McKinty's characterisation is exceptionally good. We have Rachel, a feisty divorced mother-of-one. Having survived breast cancer once, she's now facing up to the likelihood of its return. When Kylie is abducted, she turns to ex brother-in-law Pete for help. Unknown to Rachel, Pete, an unemployed ex-marine, is battling his own addictions. Casting aside individual issues, they're determined to put an end to The Chain once and for all.

The idea behind this book is fantastic and it really appeals. Fast-paced and totally engrossing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had me gripped from start to finish and I very highly recommend.

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

๐Ÿ“—The Blurb


VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
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

"YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST. AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST."

๐Ÿ“˜The Author


Photo of author Adrian McKinty
Adrian was born and grew up in a working class housing project in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the worst decades of the Troubles. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy. He fell in love with a girl there and followed her to New York City where he worked as an illegal in bars and building sites and as a Teamster driver for three years before marrying the girl and becoming a US citizen. He taught high school in Denver and Boulder before moving to Melbourne Australia where he decided to write full time.

His Sean Duffy series has currently sold in excess of 250,000 copies since its debut in 2012.

In the last 12 months Adrian’s books have been shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Dagger Award, Anthony Award, Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the Prix SNCF.

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