About the book:
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.
The idea of this story was absolutely brilliant! The idea to keep a chain going, you have to kidnap a child from a loving family to save your own child, who has already been kidnapped.
Rachel Klein is a divorced, single mother who is battling cancer. On the day that she has a call from her doctor in regards to the cancer, she receives a second, chilling call from a couple claiming to have kidnapped her daughter.
What follows is a tense, gripping read where you will want to find out what has happened and how Rachel is going to resolve this. We know that in order to save her daughter, Kylie, she must choose another child to kidnap.
Everything is controlled by “The Chain”, Rachel is being watched and every choice she makes is being scrutinised by the leaders of the chain.
Rachel’s ex brother-in-law, Pete, comes in to help. He’s an ex-serviceman suffering from PTSD and comes across as a brilliant character. In fact I loved all the main characters, Rachel, Pete and Kylie.
Every so often, you get flashbacks to the childhoods of the villains. These are terrifying and creates on-the-edge-of-your-seat reading, however, some parts can make uncomfortable reading.
There isn’t a single thing which I disliked about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and managed to fly through this. I would definitely recommend reading this if you haven’t done so yet.
About the author:
Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.