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The Chain

The Chain

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

“This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.”
STEPHEN KING


“McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing – sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor – should be savored.”
TANA FRENCH


“A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like THE CHAIN and you will never be able to forget it.”
DON WINSLOW
* * * * *

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

* * * * *

“Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word “relentless”. Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He’s the real deal.”

DENNIS LEHANE
“Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, THE CHAIN promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page.”
ALAFAIR BURKE

“A grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can’t believe what went through my mind while reading it.”
ATTICA LOCKE

“Diabolically gripping. Nail-biting, smart, and convincing. Hang on tight, because once you start this book, you can’t stop – you’ll be caught in THE CHAIN.”
MEG GARDINER

“THE CHAIN is the rare thriller that’s not only fiendishly clever but also powerfully empathetic, with both hair-raising twists and complex, fully-realized characters.”

LOU BERNEY

 

“YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST.
AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST.”

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers / Crime

On Sale: July 9th 2019

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9780316531245

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Reader Reviews

Praise

"An original premise, relentless pacing, and strong female characters lift this nail-biter from Edgar winner McKinty, which takes a no-holds-barred look at how far a parent will go to protect her child. . . . Readers won't be able to put this thriller down."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"At once a commentary on social media, greed, revenge, love, and true
evil, and written with an almost lyrical quality, this book will have readers
searching for more McKinty titles to devour. An unmissable thriller."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"McKinty's novel is
one of those twisty thrillers that will keep you on your feet until the end."—The Palm Beach Post

"Adrian
McKinty is one
of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in
years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give
in: this writing -- sharply observant,
intelligent and shot through with black humor -- should be savored."—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Elm and
The Trespasser

"This nightmarish story is
incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time."—Stephen King

"You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it. Brilliant. Beautifully written. A masterpiece of tension. The Chain scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! I raced to the end of the book and then went back to see how Adrian McKinty pulled it all off. The Chain belongs in the elite company of world-class thrillers like Gone Girl and The Silence of the Lambs. This is nothing short of JAWS for parents."—Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel and The Force

"Rachel
Knight's daughter has been abducted, and the only way Rachel can save her is to
add another kidnapped child to the terrifying chain. Pairing an irresistible
concept with a winner protagonist, The Chain promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the
first enticing page."—Alafair
Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister and The
Wife

"The
Chain
is diabolical,
unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word 'relentless.' Adrian McKinty just leapt
to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He writes with confidence,
heart, and style to spare. He's the real deal."—Dennis
Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Since
We Fell

"A
masterpiece. One
of the finest novels ever produced in the genre. This is up there with Marathon
Man
and The Silence of the Lambs. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime."—Steve
Cavanagh, author of Thirteen

"The Chain is a grade-A-first-rate-edge-of-your-seat
thriller. I
can't believe what went through my mind while reading it--the things I might be
willing to do to save my child."—Attica
Locke, author of the Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird

"Diabolically gripping. Adrian McKinty has written a novel that's nail-biting, smart, and
convincing, with a plot-jolting twist that readers of Gone Girl will
love. Hang on
tight, because once
you start this book, you can't stop-like the characters in the story, you'll be caught in The
Chain
."—Meg Gardiner, author of Into the Black Nowhere

"Adrian McKinty's The
Chain
is the rare thriller that's not only fiendishly clever but also powerfully empathetic, with both
hair-raising twists and complex, fully-realized characters."—Lou Berney, author of November Road

"Starting The
Chain
is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus -
guaranteed."—Val McDermid, internationally bestselling author of Broken
Ground

"Scary, plausible, gripping."—Ian Rankin, internationally bestselling author of In
a House of Lies

"McKinty has written several gripping stand-alones, of which this one is the best yet; in fact, it may well be the biggest thriller of the summer. . . . It's called the Chain, and it's a Ponzi scheme from hell. . . . A pitch-perfect psychological thriller. . . . Expect the buzz to build quickly for this one--think The Woman in the Window for 2019."—Booklist (starred review)

"The Chain has all the hallmarks of
a monster hit, including a terrifying premise
that had me wondering: Is this actually happening somewhere right now? And I
bet I won't be the only one. Terrific."—Mark Billingham, author of The Killing Habit

"The Chain does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage; a breakneck narrative and a chilling concept make this a must-read thriller."—James Swallow, author of Exile

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