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- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (9 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1549153145
- ISBN-13: 978-1549153143
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 15.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
- Customer Reviews: 859 customer ratings
The Chain: Library Edition Audio CD – Audiobook, 9 July 2019
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"[A] feverish thriller...You can't put the thing down."-- "Washington Post"
The Chain is a rocket ship, tremendous in pace and filled with suspense. It's a ride I won't soon forget.-- "Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone "
"Scary, plausible, gripping."-- "Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author"
McKinty's novel is one of those twisty thrillers that will keep you on your feet until the end.-- " Palm Beach Post"
At once a commentary on social media, greed, revenge, love, and true evil, and written with an almost lyrical quality, this book will have readers searching for more McKinty titles to devour. An unmissable thriller.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"Not merely a well-told page-turning thriller, but a truly sophisticated bit of novel-writing."-- "John Katzenbach, author of The Analyst"
"A Ponzi scheme from hell...A pitch-perfect psychological thriller...Expect the buzz to build quickly for this one--think The Woman in the Window for 2019."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"An original premise, relentless pacing, and strong female characters lift this nail-biter from Edgar winner McKinty... Readers won't be able to put this thriller down."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Starting The Chain is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus-- guaranteed."-- "Val McDermid, author of Broken Ground"
A masterpiece...I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime.-- "Steve Cavanagh, author of Thirteen"
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January LaVoy, winner of numerous awards for narration, was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.
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The prose are always marvellous. This too is a brilliant story, this time set in the US. which brings a wider audience.
Using a great deal of knowledge, having studied philosophy at Oxford, ties the story together.
Do take time to read his other books.
The fact that he is a Liverpool Football Club supporter does not influence my review
I loved all of Adrian McGinty”s novels before and as such have told all my mates.
After the first few hours, I found my self returning and seeing if this really was the same author . It seemed very plausible and I really enjoyed all the characters. Especially Pete .
Exceptional loved every page .
Every bit as good as the other books I have read by Adrian McKinty - thank heavens he was persuaded to come back to writing!
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Sadly, I was brought down to earth. The plot device is very clever. But the tale is sloppily told ( and there is too much suspension of disbelief required). Worse, from about three-quarters of the way through, it seems as if the author has realised what a dire book he has produced. The story sprints breathless.y to an end, giving the very strong impression that the author has realised what a farrago of nonsense he has constructed and is desperate to escape.
So: neat idea, not really thought through: one protagonist is a philosopher; another player is a mathematician. Pity the author’s grasp of logic is so weak.
The book seems to be selling well. Understandable, since the author has a great track record. But he’s stumbled badly here. I think he should leave Boston and go back to Belfast.
This is NOTHING like those. The first half is tedious in the extreme - you already know the basic premise of the plot from the dust jacket or the blurb on Amazon - and the first half of the book is a duly ghastly, drawn out narrative of one family’s hideous experience of ‘the chain’. You know what’s going to happen from the start, and it does. Very slowly. It’s boring as hell.
The second half of the book then concerns the main protagonist’s attempt to unravel ‘the chain’. This part feels rushed and full of implausibilities (even given the enitrely implausible central conceit). The big twist, such as it is, is introduced very late, then telegraphed a mile in advance before the author himself prematurely gives it up just a couple of chapters later. There’s no suspense. It’s a poor old predictable potboiler, in the vein of a sub-substandard Stephen King thriller. Absolute tripe. Sooooooo disappointed. Just cannot fathom how an author can go from the Duffy novels (A+++) to this C-minus tosh in a misguided attempt to go mainstream. It actually makes me sad. Adrian, please go back to doing what you’re very very good at, and stop trying to be Stephen King.
Yes, it's a cracking read. Yes, it'll make a great film (in the right hands). Yes, it will bring McKinty into the spotlight. But - and it's a BIG but for me - it could have been written by anyone and set anywhere, whereas his other novels are so distinctive in voice, place, tone and the characters are real originals with heart and soul.
That said, The Chain is fast-paced and keeps you hanging in there. Would I read it a second time? No, and I'll probably pass it on to a friend telling him it's a perfect holiday read. However, he's not getting his hands on my other McKinty books. I'm going to be re-reading them. He can go and buy his own!
Apparently, the story line, with some intriguing changes , is based on a factual kidnapping crime carried out in Mexico and I feel that I could probably have awarded more stars had it not been for the dialogue throughout and particularly during the confrontation towards the end of the book when characters were pointing guns at each other. The dialogue at this point was simply unbelievable!
There is another reason for the intermediate star grading, but to highlight it would involve unavoidable spoilers. However, I am sure other readers will notice it.
Frankly, I was disappointed as I felt that the story telling fell far short of the concept on which it was based
All books should end on the seventy-seventh chapter. They never do, though. But we're beginning something here, aren't we?' ___Adrian McKinty
There had been so much hype during the pre-publication of this book, that I was almost afraid to read it in case it didn't meet up to expectations. I purposely avoided getting caught up with all the advanced reviews and I barely read the blurb through, but oh boy! It most definitely did warrant all the hype surrounding it.
I think the reason this book works so well is because it puts an ordinary family bang into the heart of extraordinary and rather terrifying circumstances making it feel very real and convincing. It's certainly plausible, definitely unnerving and this formula works to make it a pretty formidable read which takes off from the very first page.
The first part of the book will have you engrossed in this book, living and breathing it through the characters eyes. The chapters are short, making it easy to read 'just one more chapter'. You simply won't be able to put it down. Forget sleep. This story will become part of your nightmares. The second part of the book, in my opinion, lost a little of its momentum, hence why I dropped a star, but it was still very addictive and things were rounded up very neatly at the end on the seventy-seventh chapter!
Overall, a very addictive read and I'll be the one standing at the front of the queue when it hits the big screen.
Part one is a very over-extenuated version of the premise with thirty-five-year-old divorced single mom and soon to be philosophy lecturer, Rachel O’Neill, having her life derailed by a call from a woman claiming to have kidnapped her thirteen-year-old daughter, Kylie. And so begins her ordeal as part of The Chain with Rachel instructed to pay a ransom via a Bitcoin account on the dark web and kidnap another family’s child. Break The Chain, contact the FBI or fail to comply with instructions and she and Kylie will both die with the consequences going back up the links in The Chain. The genius is that The Chain is largely self-regulating with only an occasional nudge from the outside and makes parents confront their worst fears and in doing so turns them from victim to accomplice.
The characterisation of protagonist Rachel is all over the shop. From an ordinary woman beaten down by life to taking kidnapping a child in her stride and within a few days pulling a gun like a pro. Even with the suspension of disbelief I couldn’t even swallow how unrealistic that was. I found the narrative somewhat simplistic and the philosophical musings that are interspersed throughout seemed like a poor attempt to add depth. Kylie also seemed far older than her thirteen years, proving surprisingly resourceful and focused when she is kidnapped and only momentarily freaked out when she realises her mom has kidnapped another child.
Part two is when Rachel realises that her life, that of her daughter and brother-in-law Pete’s have been irrevocably changed by their involvement in The Chain and the after effects (nightmares, bed wetting, anxiety and fear) aren’t going to go away anytime soon. To ever remove the threat that hangs over her family, The Chain needs to be brought down and the rotten people behind it taken out. This part cuts back and forth between providing the backstory of the twins behind the macabre game (complete with a potted explanation as to why they are so warped), and a second thread detailing Rachel’s determination to hold them to account. Sadly in the second half it became embarrassing obvious where it was all heading and exactly whom is behind The Chain. My interest fell off a cliff and if part one didn’t require enough suspension of disbelief, this part takes it to another level with a rushed ending that ties everything up unbelievably neatly.
I so wanted to like this book. I was in the mood for a fast paced and smart thriller but what I got was a Badly written and cliched action adventure that was completely unbelievable and in no way credible. I can't recommend this to anyone and won't be trying any more of this author's books, one was quite enough.
Agree with others seems to have been written for a film script
Didn’t make a lot of sense but I hung in there out of a sense of duty.
Come back Duffy
Not so this book.
If you asked someone to write an American action novel with every cliche in the world this this what you would get. Cliche 1 -all American mother who loves her child and would do anything despite being treated for cancer. 2- the ex husband, good looking ,smart lawyer who is shallow and has a penchant for much younger women. 3- the ex Marine, troubled by PTSD and a drug problem but knows everything about guns,naturally. 4- the mastermind criminal twins, who have had a twisted upbringing with violence and 5-biggest cliche of all, is the big shoot out ending.
You can see it as an undemanding, run of the mill, film
The premise of the book , having your child kidnapped, and to get the child back you have to pay and then kidnap a replacement child, is at least original.
Adrian McKinty can write good books and I hope this one is an experiment never to be repeated.
The premise and plot are fantastic and the fear from the helplessness of the situations everyone is put in really reverberates off the page. I was desperately trying to think of a way out, but there wasn’t. Everyone had to do what they were told no matter how heinous it was if they wanted to survive and save their child. This side of the story was perfectly executed and had you turning the page fast to find out what was going to happen. There were a few shock moments and a few twists and turns to really make you gasp out loud.
The part I struggled with was the style the book was written in. It was a little unusual with the short and snappy sentences. There were a lot of references to things I didn’t understand. I wondered if it was a cultural thing and they were specific to the USA and being from the UK I just wasn’t getting them. Pete was the worst for not really understanding him; he had quite a few army or weapon references that just went completely over my head. Rachel was a fan of philosophical sources, again that maybe I’m just not educated enough to have understood. So these elements made it quite challenging to read as a whole. I found myself really having to concentrate, so I didn’t miss anything crucial happening as part of the main story that could get lost in these nuances and cultural overtones.
I did thoroughly enjoy the book, though, don’t get me wrong. I think that is the quickest I have read a book in a while as I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know the ending and what would happen to The Chain. A fantastic story but maybe too learned and scholarly for my complete understanding of everything that was going on or being said. A solid four-star read, and I can certainly understand why so many people have been talking about this book.
This is all very implausible. But when you think it through, it just might be possible...
The Chain is a hugely intelligent psychological thriller that depends upon parents’ willingness to do anything - absolutely whatever it takes - to protect their kids. So we see amateur, mum-and-dad kidnappers being manipulated into making threats, carrying them out and getting involved in very dark deeds.
It is lurid and gory, but by focusing on the people and the emotions rather than the acts themselves, Adrian McKinty brings the reader along. There is no particular point where the reader says “that wouldn’t happen”.
I have enjoyed McKinty’s novels before (especially the Sean Duffy series), and this one is as good or better than his previous material. I really couldn’t put this one down.
I really enjoyed the first part of the story – it is fast paced and full of suspense. However, I felt the story lost its way a little in the second part. Events became a little too far-fetched for my liking and I struggled to suspend my disbelief. The mastermind villains behind ‘The Chain’ also come across as somewhat cartoonish and I couldn’t help but think of pantomime villains….albeit slightly toned down. The ending also felt over blown and I have questions about the aftermath of events which were wrapped up rather too neatly.
Despite inducing an above average amount of eye rolls and lacking in execution, The Chain is a rollicking good read! An ideal holiday book.