The Chain

The Chain : The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year

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

'Starting THE CHAIN is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed.'
VAL McDERMID

'Incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time.'
STEPHEN KING

'Scary, plausible, gripping ... If you like compelling storytelling, this taut thriller is going to be your summer holiday read.'
IAN RANKIN

'I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime. It just doesn't get any better than THE CHAIN.'
STEVE CAVANAGH

* * * * *

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 * * * * *

'A masterpiece. You will never be able to forget it.'
DON WINSLOW

'A unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant.'
MARK BILLINGHAM

'Terrifying. Terrific.'
MICK HERRON

'Striking, memorable, should be savoured.'
TANA FRENCH

'THE CHAIN does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage. A must-read thriller.'
JAMES SWALLOW

'Inventive, tense, unputdownable - THE CHAIN is the real deal.'
TIM WEAVER

'Diabolical, unnerving, relentless.'
DENNIS LEHANE

'An electrifying thriller - one of the very best of its kind'
FIONA CUMMINS

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

'Gripping, nail-biting, convincing.'
MEG GARDINER

'Brutally compelling.'
MASON CROSS

'Staggeringly brilliant. Gripping, propulsive, profoundly affecting.'
LIAM McILLVANNEY

'Relentless from the first page to the last. Clever, uncompromising, and gripping.'
LUCA VESTE

'This is the thriller of the year.'
SJI HOLLIDAY



"YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST.
AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 32mm | 440g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409189597
  • 9781409189596
  • 12,041

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Told in a spare, punchy style, this is a blazing, full-tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype. Read, and pass it on. Laura Wilson GUARDIAN 20190720
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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 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 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 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 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 This clever book moves McKinty - author of the dark, funny Sean Duffy books - into the blockbuster league of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay. * SUN * page-turner -- Mark Sanderson * THE TIMES * Told in a spare, punchy style, this is a blazing, full-tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype. Read, and pass it on. -- Laura Wilson * GUARDIAN *
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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.
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362 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 40% (143)
4 36% (132)
3 19% (67)
2 4% (16)
1 1% (4)
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