The Chain

The Chain

The Chain

by Adrian McKinty
Published by Mulholland Books on July 9, 2019
Pages: 357
Genres: Thriller, Suspense
ISBN: 031653126X
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You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger 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.

I was so excited to read this book. I really, really was! Halfway through the book though I was beginning to lose patience with the way it was presented and could no longer ignore its flaws.

My biggest struggle was the amount of character dialogue which felt way too choppy and artificial for me. It was like I was reading a movie script, with more telling then showing going on. 90% of the plot is told to us through dialogue and the lack of immersive narrative made it impossible for me to connect to any of the characters.

I was losing interest… and that’s never a good thing for a thriller book… or any book for that matter.

The concept of the plot itself kept me reading but it was more out of obligation than suspenseful curiosity. Don’t get me wrong! There is definitely a good story within these pages, but it’s execution could have been much better. Maybe the hype for this book set my standards higher than they should have been, but it’s dialogue ultimately decided my lower star rating.

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