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The Chain-Book Review

The Chain-Book Review

Book: The Chain

Author: Adrian McKinty

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Mystery


It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.

“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim , and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.

But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.



This is a very different concept and something that hits close to home.The first half was nail biting, end of the seat stuff.The raw emotions and the lengths parents go for their children is definitely very well portrayed.

The second half started well but in about 20 % it became predictable and you could almost say this is how it was going to end.

But still a great book.


“A man once told me that all books should end at chapter seventy-seven.”

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