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The only thing is it is a high concept and for him to do it again it will require another fantastic idea like this one. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. An original premise, relentless pacing, and strong female characters lift this nail-biter from Edgar winner McKinty (the Sean Duffy series), which takes a no-holds-barred look at how far a parent will

Soon, her mother Rachel is contacted by a nefarious organization called The Chain. This is the worst version of a chain letter you can possibly imagine...and be a part of!! He was working as a bartender and Uber driver when another writer read about McKinty’s struggles on his blog.

It just doesn't get any better than this. You think this is hitting rock bottom and surely Rachel has experienced. For her daughter to live, Rachel needs to perpetuate and become a part of The Chain. We all like different things so might not agree on what someone recommends is good or bad regardless of whether the person is an author or not. Part of the appeal lies in a fiendishly clever and original premise, a premise Adrian McKinty plots out flawlessly. The Chain sounds like the kind of horrifying crime ring that might prey on wealthy businesspeople in far-off places ravaged by drugs or gangs. I have never read an Adrian McKinty book before. It just kept moving along and was never boring or felt plotty. … Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I assumed it would be a sure thing as I’m a HUGE fan of the author’s other books. But when little Kylie finds a wrench in the room where she’s chained, the outcome is just surprising enough to heighten interest, not kill it. McKinty has the last laugh at the makeshift work that drove him around the bend, when a character talks about how efficient The Chain was designed to be. He now lives in New York City with his wife and two children. - Lou Berney, author of November Road "Starting The Chain is like climbing aboard a runaway train. So by the second page of “The Chain,” the man with the gun has forced the girl with the Instagram into a car where his accomplice is waiting. THE CHAIN by Adrian McKinty, Book Review: A chilling plot, “If I don’t make it, don’t let them cast some asshole to play me in the movie version of this” ― Adrian McKinty, The Chain, Over My Dead Body: Dave Warner on resurrecting Sherlock Holmes, JUBILEE: Jennifer Givhan on her inspiration + Giveaway, House of Correction by Nicci French, Review: Compelling court drama, Tobias McCorkell on debut Everything in its Right Place + Giveaway, The Sleeping Nymph / Painted in Blood by Ilaria Tuti, Book Review, Everything in its Right Place by Tobias McCorkell, The Wife and The Widow by Christian White, Dead Man Switch (aka The War Widow) by Tara Moss. There are twists, turns and surprises in the action, though mostly pretty standard action-thriller-type stuff. She’s sitting at the bus stop checking the likes on her Instagram feed and doesn’t even notice the man with the gun until he’s almost next to her. For all the details, see Everything We Know about The Chain Movie. Paddy Hirsch is an editor at NPR's Planet Money. It’s instantly gripping, and it kicks off rights away without much fanfare, which was all hunky-dory for me.

CRIMINAL. Tidbit thoughts: no spoilers ... of the years popular thriller book. Crime: new books by Joseph Knox, Lynne Truss and Adrian McKinty reviewed July 19, 2019. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. Beyond that, I’d say the writing is fine, but occassionally inartful. The call told her that Kylie had been kidnapped, and she was now part of The Chain. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed." Moreover, once the plot gets into motion, The Chain started coming off as a little ridiculous, which made the book less suspenseful. In the right hands, I could see the movie being a fun ride. Filed Under: Action-Adventure, Crime-Detective, Mystery, Thriller Tagged With: 3.5+ Stars, McKINTY Adrian. And because McKinty hangs on to his wit and literacy even under duress. Flashbacks inevitably slow a narrative down, and The Chain is all about momentum. Rachel is now part of a terrifying scheme – The Chain.

It’s a fast read with plenty of excitement and emotion. The kind that threatened you with plagues and curses if you didn’t strictly follow their instructions? But then a phone call changes everything. I admit I was a skeptic at first and poo-pooed the idea, that it wouldn’t work.

Adrian McKinty's The Chain is the story of twins Ginger and Olly who come up with a genius money-making scheme.

Start by marking “The Chain” as Want to Read: Error rating book. When Rachel gets her instructions, she looks down at “her hastily scrawled, extremely incriminating checklist.” And and one point Rachel makes a decision because she “doesn’t have time for a Norman Bates–style car-sinking scene.”. Rachel brings Ginger and Olly down in a final, bloody showdown.

With this Mephistophelian plot in place, Rachel will have to find a way to get her daughter back. What an elaborate concept...and nightmare! He has Rachel teach existentialism and even tosses a copy of Sarah Bakewell’s superb 2016 book “At the Existentialist Café” into the mix. ), The Best Historical Fiction Books for 2021 (Anticipated), Every 2021 Book to Movie & TV Series Adaptation, Books to Movies & TV in 2020: Upcoming Adaptations, January 2021 Books – Upcoming New Releases, The Best Literary Fiction of 2021 (Anticipated), You Season 3: Book (You Love Me) vs TV Show (Netflix) Differences, Lovecraft Country Season 1, Episode 9: Rewind 1921 Recap. In the movie Taken, Liam Neeson's retired CIA officer chases one man to his death, tortures another and kills a half dozen more. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. The characters and their actions seemed stupid and to say I did not connect to the writing would be an understatement. Darn it. “The Chain” by Adrian McKinty is worthy of the hype it’s getting. Adrian McKinty has never written a book I have not loved, and this intense, dark psychological thriller is just brilliant with its killer and diabolical premise of the chain. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. 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 Eng. And then, in the moments where McKinty gives readers a breather, Who would do this?

To free them, you must abduct someone else’s child. Okay, I will start to bidding with five stars, I think I heard five hundred stars! A perfect example of a summer beach read. The opening chapters are shocking and the principle of The Chain is completely unique and deeply unsettling. Since starting this website in 2009, I’ve come to realise I enjoy writing about books almost as much as reading them. Isabel, our heroine, and her younger sister, Ruth, are attending the burial of their owner, Miss Mary Finch. * My receiving a copy from the publisher for review purposes did not impact the expression of my honest opinions. Some scoffing is in order when the disguised, disembodied voice of The Chain recommends antiquated gimmicks like burner phones, the dark web and Bitcoin as the basics of this operation. Then the book grabbed hold and off. They are like mice, these people, mice in the hay fields, and she’s the peregrine swooping over them, seeing every little thing they do. The first half is tedious in the extreme - you already know the basic premise of the plot from the dust jacket or the blurb on Amazon - and the first half of the book is a duly ghastly, drawn out narrative of one family’s hideous experience of ‘the chain’. Clearly, the premise is one of the strongest aspects of this book. And as brilliant — The Chain is a superb construct; it's a self-perpetuating, self-disciplining system that relies on fact that the vast majority of kidnappings are resolved quickly, bloodlessly and profitably. There’s definitely an interesting idea and the plot has some sturdy bones, though parts of the actual execution leaves something to be desired. The plot moves ever forward at a pretty consistent pace. If she wants her daughter back, she needs to pay a ransom and kidnap someone else’s loved ones. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. And when I first started reading I thought I was correct.

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