Thursday 22 August 2019

Terrifying kidnapping ring links 'The Chain'

Crime: The Chain

Adrian McKinty

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The Chain by Adrian McKinty
The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Breda Brown

Would you do anything to protect and keep them safe? This is the question that drives the plot of Adrian McKinty's new book The Chain. The Northern Irish author will be well known to crime novel lovers, as he has already penned over a dozen titles, including the Detective Sean Duffy series which is based in 1980s Belfast.

McKinty secured a six-figure book deal for The Chain and Paramount Pictures has now acquired the screen rights to the novel, giving the author another significant pay day. Not bad considering McKinty actually quit writing a few years ago because he couldn't make a living from it, despite winning a range of awards and regularly receiving rave reviews. Encouraged to return to writing by Don Winslow, the bestselling American author of 21 novels, and Shane Salerno, Winslow's agent, the result is The Chain, a terrifying psychological thriller that should be on everyone's 'to read' list this year.

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Located in Massachusetts, The Chain focuses on Rachel Klein, a divorcee recovering from breast cancer who is living a relatively sedate life in a sleepy beach-side town. One day Rachel receives a terrifying telephone call that changes her life instantly. She is told that her young daughter, Kylie, has been kidnapped and the only way to get her back is if Rachel abducts another child within 24 hours. If Rachel doesn't carry out these instructions, Kylie will be murdered. But that's not all. Even if Rachel does snatch a child, Kylie will only be released when the new victim's parents kidnap yet another child.

Rachel is told that she is now part of The Chain, a chain-letter like child kidnapping organisation that knows parents will do anything for their children. Traumatised, Rachel doesn't know where to turn, but understands that she must do as she is told if she is to ensure Kylie is released unharmed. This book takes off like an absolute rocket from the first page, the quintessential edge-of-the-seat thriller that you won't want to put down. The ethical dilemma facing Rachel makes The Chain a compulsive read and has you continually wondering 'what would I do?' The plot unfolds in real time and this, combined with sharp writing and a totally original concept, will ensure you gobble up this incredible story in a couple of sittings.

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