Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Sep 19, 2019

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Published by Mulholland Books on July 9th, 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 357
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
Source: Overdrive via Brooklyn Public Library
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

TW: Child Abduction, Child Abuse, Murder and threats of murder, death of family members

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.  

If you struggle with these types of trigger warnings, I highly recommend not picking this book up. Some parts are disturbing as we imagine what is happening to each child.

This is a very strong 4.5 stars. I wanted to give it 5 for part 1 of this book, but part 2 fell behind some. I still highly enjoyed this. I read this with in 24 hours and could not put it down.

The chain is set up to never be broken. You must steal a child, pay a ransom, call someone and they must follow the same rules but if someone breaks the chain it could cause consequences to those previously in the chain.

Finally "The Chain" thought they picked the right person to do the job. They research and study them to make sure they choose the right person for "The Chain" and without fail the mother the picked will do whatever she can to save her child. But sometimes a mother will do more and try to also prevent it from happening to other families. Some chains are just meant to be broken or that is what she thinks. Can you find out who they are before they find out she is trying to reveal their secret?

I do recommend this book but only if you are able to deal with very strong "Trigger Warnings"


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