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The Chain

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  28,867 ratings  ·  4,893 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Mulholland Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
Okay, I will start to bidding with five stars, I think I heard five hundred stars! Five hundred, five thousand, do I heard five billion, oh that redhead woman raised her hand, SOLD to five billion stars to this precious, mind hunting, terrifying, nerve bending, good night sleep killer book!

You can guess that Im the red haired woman who emptied all her star funds for this reading . And here are my thoughts about this book:

WOWWWWWWWWWWW! WOWWWWWWWW! WOWWWW!

30 minutes left- Im speechless!

1 hours
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Meredith
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
My feelings are all over the place with this one. Loved it in the beginning, but I wasnt a fan by the end.

The Chain has a fascinating premise and is told in two parts.

Part one begins with a bang: When Rachel, a single mom who has fought her fair share of battles, learns her daughter has been kidnapped by The Chain, she learns she must not only pay a ransom but kidnap another child to free her daughter. Will she kidnap someone else's child or will she risk losing her daughter forever.

Part
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Paromjit
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adrian McKinty has never written a book I have not loved, and this intense, dark psychological thriller is just brilliant with its killer and diabolical premise of the chain. 35 year old Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with 13 year old daughter, Kylie, living on Plum Island, Massachusetts. She has survived the devastating trauma and treatment of breast cancer, and horror of horrors, it now appears to have returned. You think this is hitting rock bottom and surely Rachel has experienced ...more
megs_bookrack
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
At the time that Rachel is heading into Boston for an early morning oncology appointment, she believes her 13-year old daughter, Kiley, is getting on the bus and heading off to school, just like any other day.

Unfortunately, for Rachel, she is very wrong. Suddenly she gets a chilling phone call that will change everything.



The caller says Kiley has been kidnapped. In order to get her back, Rachel is directed to pay a hefty ransom and kidnap another child to take the place of Kiley.



An entity known
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Kaceey
Whoa! This book will have you laser-focused from the first paragraph...right to the last!

Victim or abuser. Which is actually worse? And what if you had to play the role of both?

Whatever you do...dont break the chain!

What would you do if your child was taken? What lengths would you go to get your child back? Could you live with your decisions?

Brilliant, addictive, unputdownable! From start to finish I was also at the mercy of those behind the chain. (Ok...the author!) Couldnt wait to see how
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Peter
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coercion
This book needs a seat belt because it blasts off at some serious speed. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of The Chain is completely unique and deeply unsettling. Rachel Klein is a divorced single mother, with a 13-year-old daughter, Kylie. She has just been appointed to a new job and hopes that her life can take a step forward, especially with her battle against breast cancer being in remission for a year. Then the ultimate horror is just about to unfold.
Two things
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Susanne  Strong
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars.* (rounded down)

A Highly Entertaining Premise that fell a Tad Short on Execution.


After Rachel drops her teenage daughter Kylie off at the bus stop, she gets a call. Kylie has been kidnapped. The caller states that their child has been kidnapped as well. The only way to get Kylie back is to pay a ransom and kidnap someone else, then the callers kid will be released and the chain moves forward. Once the family of the child that Rachel kidnaps take someone, Kylie will be released and so
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Dita
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It wasn't my favorite.

I have mixed feelings because I tried to love it but hated the way Rachel went from being a meek mom to a pistol-whipping badass in a few chapters.

I guess kidnap will do that.

That said, the concept is brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT, and the ending was very satisfying.

The breast cancer piece was terribly difficult for me as I have a good friend struggling for her life right now. I acknowledge that this may have affected my experience of this book. I went in knowing cancer
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David Putnam
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its only once in a great while when a high concept this good comes along for a book. I admit I was a skeptic at first and poo-pooed the idea, that it wouldnt work. And when I first started reading I thought I was correct. Then the book grabbed hold and off. I went on a wild ride. By definition this is a thriller that doesnt slow down long enough to develop the characters. This is pure high adrenaline storytelling and thats okay. I have read earlier McKinty novels and really enjoyed the prose, ...more
Joey R.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.0 stars I hate to spend a lot of time reviewing this book because I was thoroughly unimpressed. Far fetched and contrived would be the two words that immediately come to mind. I have been very busy and unable to read a lot lately, but I have been wanting to read this one for a while, so I decided to give it a try. The characters and their actions seemed stupid and to say I did not connect to the writing would be an understatement. Do yourself a favor and skip this predictable yawner. ...more
Katie B
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and definitely a page turner but probably not a book you want to analyze to death as it does have some problems along the way. The pacing was excellent but I did prefer the first half over the second. A perfect example of a summer beach read.

I'll admit when I first read the synopsis for this one I thought the whole chain idea was intriguing but I was afraid the story could potentially turn into a hot mess. Basically the concept is a parent receives word their child is kidnapped. In
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BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
"The Chain is a metaphor for the ties that bind all of us to friends and family. It is the umbilical link between mother and child, the way or path that the hero must travel in a quest, and it is the thin clew of crimson thread that is the solution Ariadne comes up with to the problem of the labyrinth."

It all starts with a phone call from an Unknown Caller. The caller informs Rachel O'Neill's that her daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped. The caller's child has also been kidnapped by another
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j e w e l s
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
FOUR STARS

What if you got a call that your child had been kidnapped?

And, in addition to a cash ransom, you are tasked with an unimaginable demand: Kidnap someone elses child now. Of course, you argue and plead NO NO NO!!! Youre not a child abductor! You cant do to another parent what has just been done to you. Its impossible. Okay, then we will immediately kill your child. WAIT. I will do it. Anything. I will.

Congratulations, youve just unwittingly joined The Chain. They own you now. It is
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Julie (JuJu)
The Chain. What an elaborate concept...and nightmare! This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagine...and be a part of!!

This cover caught my attention when I first saw it on NG. Then it was popping up everywhere. It was receiving so much hype and praise, I had to request it.

Its easy...Follow The Chain and you get your kid back. Pay the ransom. Find another target and kidnap someone. The Chain continues. Each link in The Chain is precious. The Chain has to go on. No police!
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Amanda
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read an Adrian McKinty book before. Seriously after reading this book I feel like Ive missed out and will need to catch up on his other boos ASAP!!

Wow this was one addictive read that kept me on the edge of my seat ,desperate to finish it but wanting to saviour every word at the same time.

I have heard about chain letters where you then have to send a copy of the chain letter to numerous people. What if youre child was kidnapped and the only way to get them back is to kidnap another
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Dem
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-crime
. You never know how strong you are until someone upsets or threatens your kids but just how far would you go to .........

This is a really unique and suspenseful thriller that really had me intrigued from page one, although I have to be honest and say there were parts of this one that did make me roll my eyes on several occasions but I was able to put that aside as the book overall was a rocking good suspenseful read that I think many will enjoy this summer.

A terrifying scenario, Your
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Erin Clemence
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Chain by Adrian McKinty is worthy of the hype its getting. A powerhouse of a novel for the Irish-turned-American author, McKintys pulse-pounding thrill ride is definitely all its cracked up to be.

Rachel is a recently divorced mother, and cancer survivor, raising her young daughter Kylie. One day, while waiting at the bus stop, Kylie is abducted. Panicked and frightened, Rachel receives a call from someone identified only as The Chain and giving Rachel detailed instructions; to see Kylie
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Larry H
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It seemed like any other morning. Rachel's 13-year-old daughter Kylie was waiting at the bus stop while she headed to a doctor's appointment. On the way she received a call from an unknown number. The call told her that Kylie had been kidnapped, and she was now part of The Chain.

Rachel was given explicit instructions. She has to pay a ransom electronically and then kidnap another child as her daughter had been kidnapped. If she follows the instructions to the letter, and the family of the child
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Kemper
Fleetwood Mac warned us about this.

Rachel ONeil has had a rough time after a divorce and surviving a battle with cancer, but things are looking up with being in remission and a new teaching job. The promise of this next phase of her life is instantly shattered when she receives a phone call telling her that her young daughter Kylie has been kidnapped, and that Rachel is now the newest link in The Chain.

Not only does Rachel have to quickly come up with a cash ransom to save Kylie, but she also
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Sandy
Darn it. I really wanted to read this, swoon & write a glowing review. Alas, its not to be. I assumed it would be a sure thing as Im a HUGE fan of the authors other books. His Sean Duffy books remain one of my favourite all time series. And maybe thats the problem.

If id received this book with an anonymous cover & been asked to guess the author, McKintys name would never have crossed my mind. This is a complete departure from anything else hes written. The style of writing is so
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Carolyn
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2019
The premise of this book is chilling. Your child is kidnapped and to get them back you must kidnap someone else's child and tell his/her parents that they need to kidnap a child to get their own back ... and so the Chain keeps going. Behind the scheme is a sociopathic monster collecting a ransom for each child in the Chain. You might think you couldn't do it but would you let your child die?

The first part of the book makes for compulsive page-turning reading as we watch Rachel, a single mother
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Elyse  Walters
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tidbit thoughts: no spoilers ... of the years popular thriller book.

The chosen people into the dangerous-criminal-club - called The Chain, were handpicked and vetted.
A quality attribute requirement - to be chosen, was being a self starter.
The chain leaders picked bright educated victims - people who didnt need their hand held while carrying out instructions.
This seemed to me to be a double edge sword.
The bright, educated, self-starters - were more likely to figure out ways to break the
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Gabby
Closer to a 3.5
Ahhh I have such mixed feelings about this one. It started off so promising and it has one of the best premises ever, but then the ending really dropped the ball and it got incredibly cliche and predictable and meh.

This story is about this mother who gets a phone call saying her daughter has been kidnapped, and the only way to get her back is by paying a ransom fee and kidnapping another child. They tell her she is now part of a chain and if she doesnt follow through, they will
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Marialyce
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a lot going for it. It had a great premise, that of a mother's love or her child, a devious group of people perpetuating kidnapping a child to free your own child, and a somewhat likeable protagonist. However, for me, it fell short on a few levels.

First of all, I had trouble with the writing which seemed, even though interspersed with philosophical sayings, a bit simplistic. In fact, at one point I had to check the book's cover to see if it was tagged as a young adult story.

Along
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Lisa
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
You get a call from a stranger saying that they have kidnapped your child, they say you have to kidnap someone elses child for your child to stay alive, WOULD YOU DO IT!!


I found this prose interesting as i asked myself would i do it & the answer is yes without doubt Rachel was written very well loved her character, she did what she had to do to save her daughter Kylie from death but then questions her own morality when she picks out her victim i thought she showed her weaknesses but tgen
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Zoeytron
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
What would it take to turn you into a monster?  

Park any misgivings you may have at the starting gate and buckle in for a thrill ride that will have your heart pounding.  Although the implausibility factor looms large, it did not mar my enjoyment of the novel for an instant.  Could this chain business really happen?  Not a chance in the world.  But so what?  Aren't we reading this type of thriller for an escape of sorts?   

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Somethingsnotright
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How I adore Adrian McKinty! I love his writing, his humour, the smatterings of pop culture / musical references throughout his books. I have read all of his Sean Duffy series (I really must catch up on my reviews!) So... this is a 5 star read for me. Was this rating inevitable? No, but Mr McKinty is just that good.

Now, I am old enough to remember chain letters - the paper, "snail mail" ones that became illegal. The core ingredients of a truly sinister chain letter were: 1) clear instructions on
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Jess☺️
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Chain by Adrian Mckinty is a absolutely fantastic heart in your throat, bouncing on the edge of your seat, yelling to yourself thriller 😆
The mother in this book (Rachel) is just an action hero of a mother one we all want to be.
The story is so unbelievable that in another mind you can just imagine something like this happening in real life because our world is so money and technology orientated nothing would surprise me now a days, the twists in this book just throws you off the edge.
This is
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Veronica ⭐️
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2019
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Make sure you have plenty of free time before you start reading The Chain as this is one book you wont be able to put down!

The premise of the story was intriguing. Ordinary people pulled into a web of kidnapping and murder. How far would you go to save your child?

McKinty has put a deadly twist on the chain letters of the 70s combining them with the spate of Mexican child abductions, throw in societys unstoppable need to share their lives via social media
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Ines
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Perfect book for all 60% of the reading, tension that rises little by little with the book glued to the eyes for hours, basic idea about the "Chain" really bright and intriguing, but then.... then everything becomes like a plot of an average Hollywood movie and everything goes ruined as "mash potatoes"🤦♀🤦♀, what the hell!!😡😡, loosing every possibility of credibility and originality. What a pity!!


Libro perfetto per tutto il 60% della lettura, tensione che sale piano piano e libro incollato agli
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school ...more

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