The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Review)

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The ChainFormat: Hardback

Source: Library

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Publication Date: 9th July 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Goodreads):

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.

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My Thoughts & Review

After seeing this book all over social media I knew I had to look into it. I even tried to request an eARC through NetGalley, but sadly I wasn’t approved. So, I waited patiently and read some reviews. Everyone seemed to be loving this book and I started to worry it was going to be a disappointed read. In the end I decided to wait a little while till the hype died down, then I reserved my copy at the library. This was so I could go into the book with an open mind.

I really enjoyed reading this book but I felt the first half was better written and more gripping than the second half. I devoured the first half pretty quickly as I felt it had all the tense drama and it kept me at the edge of my seat. As the plot unfolded I just wanted to keep reading to find out exactly what would happen. The first half of the book concentrates on the main events of the kidnapping’s and the demands that have to be meet in order to make sure no one dies.

In the second half of the book we learn more about The Chain and who they are. This is when the pace slowed and felt it wasn’t as gripping, and this was when my reading slowed down a bit. At this point I also worked out one of the twists, which I was extremely happy about it but at the same time I was a little disappointed as it was a bit too obvious to me. Having said that the pace picked up again right at the end and once again I couldn’t put the book down till I knew the ending. This resulted in staying up way to late too find out.

I really liked the characters in this book. They felt well developed and really realistic, especially the families that where caught up in The Chain. There were a couple of character’s I took a disliking to. These where the master minds of The Chain. I think one of the reason I didn’t take a liking to them was because I felt we didn’t get to learn enough about them and the reasons behind their actions. Also, I was a little confused about one of the characters. He left me with some questions. (I can’t really say much about him as it would lead to spoilers.)

Overall a really good read, but once again not quite the 5 stars I was hoping for, but I would happily recommend to anyone looking for a good thriller.

My Rating


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  1. Ooooh loved the review! I just finished it and wrote my review as well and I definitely agree with you on lots of points, the second part left me with a lot of questions and the big climax ending felt like an action sequence rather than the psychological thriller it started out as. But I agree, overall it was a truly gripping thriller ❤

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    • Thanks!! Yeah wish it continued the way it started.

      Sorry for delay in replaying wordpress decided to send some comments to the spam folder 😡 and I only just checked the folder.

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  2. I agree with you!! This started amazingly!! The premise was incredible!! The Chain owners story was like what?? When did that happen? Where they kidnapped? I felt that was missing it maybe I missed it haha but the ending I hated it with all I got! It was such a cliche for me haha
    Great review!! Thank you for taking about this book!! I tried to talk with someone over Instagram about it and i was literally shut down… =.= haha

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  3. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book. I got a sample and thought it wasn’t particularly well written so I didn’t get the full book. I think I might get it for a holiday or something in the future 😊 fab review! X

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