I was delighted to receive a copy of Adrian McKinty’s “The Chain” via Netgalley. Everyone has been talking about this one and I couldn’t wait to read it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
Okay so what the hell kind of sick and twisted mind games are going on here! With a straight to the heart killer hook opening this one grabbed me from the outset and did not let go!
So the premise of this book is based on the old chain letters we used to get as kids (now received as DMs via social media) and playing on the fear of breaking the chain. Only for the characters in this novel then breaking the chain is going to destroy the ones they love. BUT by staying in the chain, you also have to destroy the lives of others.
Immediately my brain is asking me “so what the hell would you do?” So many issues to think about here, a parent’s innate goal of protecting their child versus the ultimate taboo of taking and potentially killing someone else’s child! And even if you don’t break the chain, are you ever really free!
This led to a fast-paced, tense, taut and nail-biting psychological thriller. I found it so easy to slip into Rachel’s mind and to adopt that mindset of anything’s game to protect her daughter Kylie. I felt her panic, her fear, her anger and her strength as well. This woman was determined, driven and then some!
I did wonder how the author was going to keep this storyline going all the way through the book and worried that it might get a bit repetitive but oh hell no! It just gets a little bit more twisted! Part two was kind of trippy to begin with but when I realised what was happening and who was who then it was a WTAF feeling – yes I know that sentence tells you little but you know what maybe I can’t tell you, maybe if you know too much, then the chain will have you!
If this had been set in UK I’d have struggled with it I think but somehow it is much easier to suspend disbelief with American based psychological thrillers and I was soon sucked up right into the heart of the story and then some! This would be BRILLIANT on the big screen.
Heart-racing suspenseful thriller that will have you disabling all your social media accounts and installing GPS trackers on your kids! Don’t miss it!
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