Title: The Chain
Author: Adrian McKinty
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.80
Source: Borrow Box (Audio)
You’ll 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
I loved the whole concept of this story, for me it felt original and something different to a usual thriller. It’s safe to say that we got stuck straight into the drama and the short chapters definitely kept the pace going. Another great part of this book was the switching between the different character’s POV. It kept the interest there and it was good to see the story from all sides. I’m glad that we got to see how different people coped after being in The Chain and how it had affected them and the lives of their family.
Ginger’s story was the most intriguing and by the end I felt that I understood her better. Her childhood was horrific and she definitely had some issues, but after what she’d been through who wouldn’t? The most changed character for me was Rachel. She started off a bit pathetic and weak. I felt that someone needed to shake her out of her shock and tell her to get on with it. Soon she became ruthless and determined which in my opinion made her more likeable. I thought Marty was a hit or miss kind of character. He was a bit wishy washy and I didn’t warm to him that much.
Whilst this was a fast paced listen I did find it a little predictable. I had guessed quite early on what was going to happen which is a shame. I still enjoyed the journey but I’d almost wished that there was a slightly more twisty ending.
This marks my 5th book in the 20 Books for Christmas Challenge. I feel like I’m making good progress and hopefully I’ll remain on target.