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Chain Letter: Two Books in One (Chain Letter #1-2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  610 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
When Alison first read the chain letter signed "Your Caretaker," she thought it was some terrible sick joke. Someone, somewhere knew about that awful night when she and six other friends committed an unthinkable crime in the desolate California desert. And now that person was determined to make them pay for it.One by one, the chain letter was coming to each of them ... ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Hodder Children's Books
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Jan 11, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥
3 stars go to Chain Letter while one is for Ancient Evil xD

Chain Letter

I loved the mystery in this book. It was reminiscent of Pretty Little Liars and it was very intriguing. The idea of a person sending chain letters to a group of friends containing dares that have extreme consequence if not performed as the sender requested. That leaves the friends in a very tight spot of what to do about this problem.

within this mystery, there's a bit of romance between Allison Parker and Tony Hunt. I loved t
Mar 09, 2014 Joti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Mathis
When Alison first got the chain letter signed “Your Caretaker,” she thought it was a sick joke. But then it became clear that someone, somewhere knows about that awful night when she and six friends committed an unthinkable crime. And now that person is determined to make them pay.

One by the one, the chain letter comes to each of them, demanding dangerous, impossible deeds. No one wants to believe that this nightmare is really happening, but then the accidents start. And the deaths.

Finding the t
Katerina Shirley

You could not trust any one. Throughout the entire book, I was suspecting every single person who stumbled across the page. But finally I was able to narrow it down to a select few, and all of them were members of the group. While I thought I had my top suspects near the end, I made the mistake of not trusting my gut right off the bat, because of an incident that happend that caused me to wipe a name off my list. Turns out, I had the right person on my list all along but had written them off.

Sep 21, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ancient Evil was definitely better than Chain Letter. Though both were very well written.
Alexis Robbins
Jun 01, 2015 Alexis Robbins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so the first book in this 2 in 1 book thing called the chain letter was pretty boring. the characters were a little flat to me but he did a good job describing them and really made you make the connection between their names and personalities throughout the story. the way that the chain letter ended, and also knowing that there was the second book called the ancient evil, i automatically knew that there was something supernatural about to happen. the second book was a complete page turner omg. ...more
I really liked the first book 'Chain Letter.' I kinda had and idea who the caretaker was but some situations left me second guessing so I was a bit surprised to find out for sure.
The air of mystery the book was great at the start and it kept building up until the climax which left me very creeped since I was reading it at midnight.
However I feel that 'The Ancient Evil' was not as good. It felt like it was more rushed through then the first one. While it tied up some plot points from the first
Jul 27, 2014 hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the Final Friends series! I was worried I had lost the magic of Pike, but this book reaffirmed it.
This book is actually two stories that do begin and resolve without the other story. The first story is about a group of teenagers who did something bad over the summer and now one of them receives a letter about that bad thing. The author did a great job of creating this atmosphere of mistrust and anxiety that slowly became fear as terrible things started to happen. It had a great twist ending. The second part of the book delves deeper into the evil behind the letters and why the columns ...more
Veronica Morfi
Oct 28, 2012 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Chain Letter (5 stars)
Last Summer Alison and her friends got involve in an accident and a man got hurt. They decided to bury this deadly secret deep in their minds and never talk about it again, but someone else knows, he calls himself the Caretaker. He has started a chain letter and for each of them to stay safe they have to do whatever he wishes. With every request Alison will find out things about her friends she never knew, get closer to the boy of her dreams and be forced to face her worst
Marina Schulz
Sep 20, 2016 Marina Schulz rated it really liked it
Loved Chain Letter!!

It was great, it kept me up thinking about the characters, what i wanted to happen, and most of all WHO THE HELL (because the Caretaker obviously was from hell) IS THE CARETAKER!!
To be honest the ending took me beyond by suprise... I mean there were times when I suspected him/her but the tecnical difficulties kinda made me convinced otherwise...

This book was about a group of young people, some closer to each other than others, who, one year after something awful happens to th
Dec 15, 2015 AllyGC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers or those who just want a seriously intense book!

I can't decide if this book deserves a four or five star rating. I loved it so much but the ending took it's own turn into a supernatural theme which didn't really match with the rest of the story.

But apart from that little part at the end, wow, this book was so good!


Seven kids get into a car accident and what happens that night changes their life.

One year later the secret of what happened that night comes back to face them. A letter arr
Kimodo Dragon
Amazing book, I was glued to the pages, it's sooo scary and suspenseful and the mystery was really well plotted! I hands down recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller/horror/mystery story - you'll love it
Kacie Bawiec
Jun 23, 2014 Kacie Bawiec rated it it was ok
When I read Pike, I have high expectations. This two book package was a significant letdown. I did find some enjoyment in the first book. My recommendation to readers is to read the first book, then leave it. The first book wrapped things up very nicely and I felt like it had closure and made sense. The second book made things significantly worse. I felt there were many elements of both books that were plot devices and nothing else. The riff between Alison and Tony was pointless. I felt that ...more
Emma Streets
Jul 29, 2014 Emma Streets rated it really liked it
The Chain letter:
Book one of 2 in the series overall i did enjoy it.
It was fast paced there was enough twists and turns and mystery to keep me going. As always i did enjoy the writing it was simple and easy to get through i always do enjoy Christopher pikes books and style. The ending did shock me because i did not expect who the "caretaker" was
The main problem i did have is i did not feel emotionally invested or connected to the characters there was not much development which did effect the en
Dec 10, 2012 Cleffairy rated it really liked it
Chain Letter (Book 1) by Christopher Pike does not disappoint. Everything I like about mystery is there. I mean, I love how the story started; where a bunch of teenagers did something that will haunt them for the rest of their lives later on. I like how they buried a dead man in the dessert and decides to zipped up, and then, BOOM, somebody knows their dirty deeds and sends them a chain letter, instructing them do to things that will either humiliate themselves or they will be hurt by the ...more
Mara Petrovsky
Aug 24, 2014 Mara Petrovsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Lancer
Jun 08, 2015 Katie Lancer rated it it was amazing
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike is an amazingly satisfying read. There are twists and turns at every corner, he always leaves the reader guessing, and much like the characters themselves, we never see any of the deaths coming. He kept up the mystery factor and did not try to overshadow it with petty teenage drama like so many authors inadvertently stumble into. Though he did not completely gloss over our characters' lives; he gave healthy insights into their personal dilemmas as well, while ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Ella rated it really liked it
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I really liked his book. I would give it 4.5 stars. It is really a suspenseful book and I really loved it! This was one of the scariest books I have ever read and was very violent. I did not read these books as two books, more as one long book. I liked that it was separated into two different stories, because if it really was combined it wound not fit. I feel like it was kind of like the author wanted to write a book about this amazing caretaker chain idea but then also try to get into a more ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Molly rated it liked it
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Oct 16, 2015 Earl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(The omnibus includes Chain Letter and Chain Letter: The Ancient Evil.)

A group of high school friends start getting chain letters telling each of them to do something that puts their reputations at risk. At first, they think it's a joke because how could anyone besides them know what they did last summer? Then accidents begin to happen when they refuse their tasks. What's asked of them gets bigger and more dangerous. Can they figure out who the mysterious sender is?

It was interesting to read the
Chain Letter was a really interesting story, I found it really hard to put down and was slightly surprised about who the Caretaker was. However, Ancient Evil felt flat, rushed, and while it filled in some holes (like who the stranger was) I was kind of disappointed it went the way it did and who the new Caretaker was.

I also felt like some of the details were changed, the first book was written in 1986 so some of the things they talked about (like Duchess Catherine instead of Princess Diana) was
Jessica Medved
Dec 22, 2014 Jessica Medved rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These two books are so great!

It is about a group of friends who make a horrible mistake during a night out and think they have gotten away with it until the letters start coming. Someone knows, and they want their obedience.

I am not sure exactly what I was expecting when I first picked up these books but I was beyond impressed! It was so good! So gripping! Made me want to read more and more! I finished both books in the span of three days! A new record for me! The writing as a whole is really
Kristen Mitchell
Mar 16, 2015 Kristen Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
This book took me by surprise with a whirlwind of mystery, intrigue, and the unknown. In depth and awesomely told, it shows some of the inner workings of terror, deception and paranoia. Read it in one sitting in less than 12 hours. I just could not bring myself to put it down. Each moment is dripping with whatever mystery will present itself on the next page. An excellent read, I highly recommend. If Christopher Pike's other books are like this one I greatly look forward to reading the rest of ...more
Natasha Rosca
I couldn't even make it past half of the second chapter. This is one of your cliche, typical young adult novels. Typical noble female main character who's unusually pretty and doesn't see it with her two typical best friends that worship her every word. One best friend is extremely shy while the other is the complete opposite. Typical main male character is a star athlete who is incredibly handsome, humble and oblivious to typical main female character's crush towards him.
I feel like I have r
Christina Stevens
Aug 14, 2013 Christina Stevens rated it really liked it
I didnt necessarily love the end of the first book, I loved everything about the second. It really kept me guessing and the twists actually came at me as a surprise for the most part. The only one I really saw coming was that as soon as I heard mention of charlene (aka Jane aka sasha) I knew they were one in the same. I love Christopher Pike I would reccomend kept me up at night cause I didnt want to put it down!
Jan 22, 2015 Kailee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My copy of the book had both Chain Letter and the Ancient Evil. I only got through Chain Letter. This book wasn't the best and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It did get a little intense there at the end though! I will admit I did not know who the Caretaker was throughout the whole book, but once I found out who it was it seemed like I should have known the whole time.
The writing wasn't the best and I even found a few errors in the editing!
Jun 11, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I was IN LOVE WITH! I thought it was beautifully written and very interesting, but the second book I thought the opposite. When they brought in the idea of the cult I became creeped out and no longer interested. I'm a 15 year old and the second book covers so very 'out there topics' so ultimately I would not recommend it to my friends because it just seemed too weird. If the books were separate I would immediately recommend it to all my friends.
Benedene K.
Aug 01, 2011 Benedene K. rated it liked it
Damn this book was disturbing-it frightened me more than the Stephan King book I read once-even after I finished it I still had faint nightmares. But I guess that’s what made it good, it wouldn’t be a horror story if it wasn’t horrifying. But Of course I don’t know if I’ll ever have the guts to read it again (Go ahead call me a wussy, but I mean it Christopher Pike either has some issues or he’s just good at his job.)
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

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McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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