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The Chain

The Chain

One of the most gripping books of the year-“relentless” (Dennis Lehane), “fiendishly clever” (Lou Berney)

“JAWS for parents– you will never be able to forget it” (Don Winslow)

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop.
A panicked stranger calls your phone.
Your child has been kidnapped.
The stranger then 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.

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers / Crime

On Sale: July 9th 2019

Price: $28 / $36.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9780316531269

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Reader Reviews


"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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