The Chain - Adrian McKinty

The Chain

By Adrian McKinty

  • Release Date: 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,188 Ratings


When a mother is targeted by a dangerous group of masterminds, she must commit a crime to save her kidnapped daughter—or risk losing her forever—in this "propulsive and original" award-winning thriller (Stephen King).

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.

"McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing—sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor—should be savored."
—Tana French

"A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it." —Don Winslow

"Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word "relentless". Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He's the real deal."
—Dennis Lehane

"Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, The Chain promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page."
—Alafair Burke

"A grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it." —Attica Locke


  • Kept me interested

    By Blueshoes57
    It’s okay but not great. It kept me interested until the end. But it wasn’t a book I would look forward to reading every night.
  • Loved it!

    By Ashleyannee
    I thought the ending was great and tied everything together. This was a great story that kept me wanting to read more and more to find out the end
  • The Chain

    By stevensmk
    It is rare that I don’t finish reading a book even if it’s poorly written and even rarer that I write a review. This book is very poorly written and just boring. Don’t waste your money or your time. After reading all of the rave reviews from various magazines and publications, I’m left wondering if they are reading the same book! There is no way they can rate this book this high; it’s one of the worst I’ve ever read.
  • The Chain

    By M'Angie
    I could not put this book down after the very first pages. This plot and the characters are all completely believable. It seemed as if these terrible actions are all completely possible today. It is very compelling.
  • Hard to put down!

    By jillhardy2
    Surprisingly good story; creepy and scary at times. The mother protecting her child to the utmost degree. Flawed characters and evil protagonists. Good read!
  • The Chain

    By Really bored 63
    This was predictable and sick .
  • Could not put this book down!

    By Uncle folger
    Fast paced suspense, excellent writing- 5 stars
  • Slow start but a good read

    By Dragonsnapp
    Good story line, different, and entertaining
  • The Chain

    By Funimate_hater69420
    Really good premise. Some parts dragged on a bit but very interesting!
  • Great

    By MSL96
    Every chapter makes you want to read it. It’s amazing how sick people can be. Not very in love with the ending but it is nice to have that security as a mother I guess. Overall amazing.