Synopsis from Little, Brown and Company:
When a mother is targeted by a dangerous group of masterminds, she must commit a crime to save her kidnapped daughter — or risk losing her forever — in this “propulsive and original” thriller (Stephen King).
It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.
“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim , and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.
But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.
About: The Chain is a psychological thriller written by Adrian McKinty. It was published on 7/9/2019 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, paperback, 368 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Mulholland Books is simple: to publish books you can’t stop reading. Whatever their form—crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, even supernatural suspense—the promise of a Mulholland Book is that you’ll read it leaning forward, hungry for the next word.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Chain on 11/5/2020 and finished it on 11/13/2020. This story reeled me in and caught my attention immediately and completely after chapter one! The idea of the chain was great! I loved how real Rachel’s voice was. The things she went through as a mom and as a cancer patient sounded real and personal. I liked the chapters that showed how the monsters were developed. It had to start somewhere because I believe people don’t just act evil for no reason. I liked that the author included a personal view of a character big or small when they entered into the story.
This book started with part one titled All the Lost Girls. The story began with a kidnapping of a 13 year old girl named Kylie. She was sitting at the bus stop, distracted by her phone and didn’t see a man with a gun approached her. Even though it seems her luck was on her side when a state patrol stopped the getaway car for speeding, he was shot by the driver so no help came her way. The second view was Rachel, Kylie’s mom, told in the third person point of view. She was on her way to see her doctor when she received a phone call from an unknown number informing her that her daughter has been kidnapped. Then Rachel received additional phone calls telling her that she will have to kidnap someone else’s kid to save her own. The third view was Pete, Kylie’s uncle. He loved hunting and was very close with Kylie. The fourth view was an anonymous who control The Chain. There’s a part 2 to the story. There were other views as the story revealed more info.
Readers got to experience the full ride of the chain. I felt sick to my stomach at those kidnappings but I couldn’t put it down. It hooked me from the start and as much as I wanted to continue watching my movie (finally I watched The Hunger Games!), I chose reading this book to find out what happens next. An on the edge of my seats read, this psychological thriller was definitely a thrilling read. Parent’s love is the strongest and it’s surprising what normal people are willing to do to save their child. I can’t imagine if it were me. I enjoyed the slow reveal of the bad guys. Highly recommended this book to everyone!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, kidnapping, mother/daughter,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, and the Barry Award and have been translated into over twenty languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Irish Times, and the Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. (Photo obtained from Goodreads author info and Info obtained from the publisher’s website).