Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
In THE CHAIN by Adrian McKinty, this passage was my favorite passage and pretty much sums up the book’s heart:
Your fall has been vertiginous. You’re in the cage plummeting to hell. And it’s going to get worse. First comes the cancer, then the divorce, then your daughter gets kidnapped, then you become the monster.
I came across McKinty through a tweet from The International Thriller Writers (ITW) when he won the Thriller Award for best novel, so I had to check out his work. I’m glad I did! I have read reviews on thrillers that stated they were “fast-paced”, “grabs you by the throat,” or “a page turner”; well let me say I finally came across one that fit all three of those descriptions.
THE CHAIN starts with a twelve-year-old girl, Kylie, getting abducted by a wife and husband team. Then tears into a packed emotional and fast-paced story of the mother, Rachel Klein, who has to follow an insidious plan to get her daughter back from the kidnappers. Let me say McKinty knows how to grab your attention and keep it. If something could go wrong with Rachel’s plans to get her daughter back it did. I couldn’t put the book down. Also, chapter 25, OMG!, showed how evil the antagonist was. It made me angry to see the actions she took against Rachel. I had thoughts in my head what I wanted to do to that woman, like on a vigilante-style level.
THE CHAIN is broken into two books. I have heard others say the second half slowed down the pace. I will agree, but after all Rachel went through in the first half, I needed that time to “catch my breath.” I enjoyed the second part of the book, delving into the antagonists’ pasts and what makes them tick and seeing how the kidnapping affected Rachel and Kylie. However, the pace picks back up with more suspense, and I loved how McKinty ended the book.
All I can say is THE CHAIN was one of the best thriller books I’ve read in a long time. I’m such of fan of McKinty that I downloaded another of his books.