The Chain

The Chain : The Award-Winning Suspense Thriller of the Year

3.8 (87,043 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 
3.8 (87,043 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$16.08

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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

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.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 36mm | 600g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409189589
  • 9781409189589
  • 72,983

Review quote

A heart-stopping roller coaster * Daily Mail * The book everyone is talking about * Mirror * A blazing, full-tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype * Guardian * Scary, plausible, gripping * Ian Rankin * You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed * Val McDermid * I writhed with the pain of withdrawal when I finished it. Deserves to be the popular hit of the year * Daily Telegraph * Incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time * Stephen King * A masterpiece. You will never be able to forget it * Don Winslow * A unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant * Mark Billingham * Striking, memorable, should be savoured * Tana French * Explosively brilliant. Genuinely unputdownable. Terribly plausible * Observer * I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime * Steve Cavanagh * An electrifying thriller - one of the very best of its kind * Fiona Cummins * What a fantastic idea and perfectly written. I'm quite jealous * Anthony Horowitz * Terrifying. Terrific * Mick Herron * THE CHAIN does for parenting what GONE GIRL did for marriage. A must-read thriller * James Swallow * Diabolical, unnerving, relentless * Dennis Lehane * Utterly brilliant * Elly Griffiths * 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. It scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! 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 A masterpiece. The Chain is one of the finest novels ever produced in the genre - up there with Marathon Man and Red Dragon. It just doesn't get any better than this. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime -- Steve Cavanagh, author of smash-hit Thirteen 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, NY Times bestselling author of The Witch Elm and The Tresspasser 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, bestselling author of The Better Sister and The Wife The Chain is diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word 'relentless.' 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, author of Mystic River and Since We Fell Smartly plotted and hugely readable * I * This is just about the perfect summer read for crime nuts - properly gripping and written in razor-sharp prose. The hype for The Chain is fully deserved * Spectator Life * I writhed with the pain of withdrawal when I finished it. The Chain deserves to be the popular hit of the year. * Daily Telegraph * Explosively brilliant... genuinely unputdownable. McKinty's brilliance lies in exploring just how far a parent will go to rescue their child. * Observer * McKinty has now gambled on mimicking Lee Child by moving to America and penning thrillers set there, taking on Harlan Coben and David Baldacci. On the evidence of this high-concept debut as a born-again American author, they should be worried... it is brilliantly plotted, and just as well written as his Duffy books. * The Sunday Times * The plot is clever, the present-tense narrative is straightforwardly effective and there are plenty of references to Moby Dick, existentialism and the Ouroboros. * Literary Review * Utterly suspenseful * WOMAN *
show more

About Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship's engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. 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. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
show more

Rating details

87,043 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 25% (21,649)
4 40% (35,164)
3 26% (22,965)
2 7% (5,790)
1 2% (1,475)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X