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
Expected publication date: 9th July 2019
*I was sent a free kindle edition of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I literally stayed up till an entirely ridiculous time of night to finish reading this book, it was honestly that gripping. Considering how much I value my sleep, the fact I stayed up till the early hours just to finish this story, is a glowing endorsement in itself! No but in all seriousness, if the blurb intrigued you too, then continue reading to see exactly why I loved this book so much.
I’m sure all bookworms are familiar with the feeling of reading the blurb of an amazing sounding book and then having super high expectations and sometimes it can be a hit or miss. So when I actually got the chance to read The Chain, it totally lived up to my high expectations and proved to be a really enjoyable read. While the novel definitely deals with a disturbing concept and has some difficult to read moments, it has a unique premise, plenty of suspense and tension as well as a satisfying conclusion in my opinion.
The whole concept of The Chain is utterly terrifying and it’s one of those books that makes you wonder what you’d do if you were in the characters position. Like Rachel, would you follow the demands of the sadistic organisation and go against all your morals to save your own child as Rachel does or would you stick to what’s right, no matter what? McKinty does such a brilliant job of making Rachel a character who we can really get behind and empathise with. Rachel is a character who has been through a really rough patch with her being in remission after suffering from Breast Cancer as well as a divorce from her college sweetheart and also the father of her daughter, Kylie. Then all of a sudden add the insidious Chain situation and Rachel is tested beyond belief.
Personally, I found the tension, suspense and sense of foreboding to be absolutely incredible. It was a wild ride for the first 3/4 of the novel where the tension was so heightened as all the while you could see the path Rachel was going down, knowing that nothing would be the same for any of these characters after. I think the pacing was really well done, which enabled the book as a whole to really work and made it an enjoyable reading experience too. While the last portion is ‘slower’ in a sense, this wasn’t a negative for me considering how fast paced the majority of the novel is. It was great to see the aftermath of the events which precede, from the emotional and psychological impact on the characters as well after such an ordeal. It’s realistic and makes complete sense.
As well as the characterisation and the pacing being a highlight, I also found the whole concept and running of The Chain morbidly fascinating. I enjoyed the way McKinty intersperses chapters where we learn about those behind The Chain, as well as the how and why behind it all. I also found the inspiration behind the story really interesting, as it came from the concept of chain letters or emails. This book would make a really gripping movie or tv series and with the right casting, I feel like it would be super successful.
Overall, The Chain is a well crafted psychological thriller with a unique premise, a fast pace and a satisfying – at least for me – conclusion. I can’t recommend this book enough for fans of thrillers, to other readers who want to get into the genre or just anyone who enjoys a good story.
★★★★★ – 5 Star Rating
Until next time,