I’m beyond excited today to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for eagerly anticipated new thriller The Chain by Adrian McKinty. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this stunning book.
About the book:
YOUR PHONE RINGS.
A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.
TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.
YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.
YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN
About the author:
Adrian McKinty is a crime novelist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
His books have won the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award. Adrian is also a two time Dagger nominee and shortlistee for the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year.
He studied law at Warwick University and philosophy at Oxford University before emigrating to New York City in the mid 90s.
As soon as I read the blurb of The Chain by Adrian McKinty I knew I had to read it, so when Orion Books offered a sneak peek of the first few chapters on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. And I was not disappointed! Those first few chapters made me desperate to read more, so I was over the moon to be invited on to the blog tour for what has been one of my most anticipated reads of the year so far.
And wow, did this book deliver! Once started I could not put it down, the tension building to breaking point as I found myself swept up in a gripping and nail biting thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
The first part of The Chain is a fast paced and relentless race against time as Rachel finds herself in every mother’s worst nightmare. Her 13 year old daughter has been kidnapped, abducted from the bus stop on her way to school. Rachel is now part of ‘The Chain’, a deadly game that could end in the death of her daughter if she doesn’t do exactly what she is told.
What follows is a horrifying but gripping story that explores exactly how far a parent would go to protect their child. It’s a moral dilemma that, as a parent and grandparent, I hope never to have to face, but every instinct tells me I would do exactly what Rachel did, even though it would go against everything in me to do so. But a mother’s love for her child is all encompassing and, as much as I’d like to think otherwise, I know I would do anything to ensure the safety of my children and grandchildren. So, for me, everything that happens in The Chain is all too plausible, which makes it an even more terrifying and disturbing read.
Although the pace slows down somewhat in the second part of the book, it is still incredibly tense as Rachel tries to come to terms with what’s happened and the devastating part she played, terrified that something will happen to draw her back into ‘The Chain’ once again. On top of everything else, Rachel is also having to deal with the reoccurrence of the breast cancer she has already beaten once. Feeling increasingly fragile as the story gathers pace, she must once again summon every bit of strength she has to bring this brilliant and compelling thriller to its shocking conclusion.
Adrian McKinty has written a complex and tightly plotted thriller that will keep you enthralled throughout. It’s fast paced, gripping, and is a story that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. As unique as it is unforgettable, The Chain is a psychological thriller unlike any other and is one I would highly recommend.
The Chain by Adrian McKinty is available to buy today: Amazon UK
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