The Chain

The Chain

by Adrian McKinty
The Chain

The Chain

by Adrian McKinty


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A mother is told to kidnap another parent's child if she wants to see her own kidnapped child ever again. And so it goes: The Chain. The terrifying premise alone is worth the read…and once you are fully involved with the story, you're led through a maze that leaves you wondering if the protagonists will ever make their way out. Truly a nail-biter that will pull you in from start to finish.

2020 ITW Thriller Award Winner for Best Hardcover Novel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316531269
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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 debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, and the Barry Award and have been translated into over twenty 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.

What People are Saying About This

New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel and - Don Winslow

“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.”

Author of Into the Black Nowhere - Meg Gardiner

“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.”

New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister and The Wife - Alafair Burke

“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.”

Author of the Edgard Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird - Attica Locke

"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."

Author of Thirteen - Steve Cavanagh

"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. It just doesn't get any better than this."

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Elm and The Trespasser - Tana French

“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.”

Author of November Road - Lou Berney

“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.”

New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane

“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.”

Author of The Killing Habit - Mark Billingham

"The Chain is a unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant."

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