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The Resource The chain, Adrian McKinty

The chain, Adrian McKinty

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The chain
Title
The chain
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Adrian McKinty
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eng
Summary
A parent receives a panicked phone call from a stranger who reveals that both of their children have been kidnapped by someone who demands that they abduct another child to prevent the murders of their own
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Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2019.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Best known for his outstanding Sean Duffy series, set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, McKinty has also written several gripping stand-alones, of which this one is the best yet; in fact, it may well be the biggest thriller of the summer. You know you're having a bad day when you get a phone call telling you your daughter has been kidnapped, and, to get her back, you must not only pay $25,000 but also kidnap somebody else. It's called the Chain, and it's a Ponzi scheme from hell: if you don't keep the chain going by becoming a kidnapper, and if the next parents don't kidnap a child in turn, your child dies. Rachel Klein gets one more phone call on this very bad day: the cancer she thought was gone may be back. So begins a high-concept thriller that draws creatively on familiar tropes, especially the idea of an ordinary person forced to draw on previously untapped strengths to overcome adversity. Except, in this case, it is isn't just a matter of upping your game to fend off an external threat; it's something much darker. As Rachel puts it, ""First comes the cancer, then the divorce, then your daughter gets kidnapped, then you become the monster."" The suspense here is intense, as one would expect, given the premise, but the true brilliance in this unrelenting novel comes from the way McKinty makes Rachel confront her own capacity for evil and deal with its reverberations, not only on herself and the child she kidnaps, but also on her own child, Kylie. A pitch-perfect psychological thriller.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect the buzz to build quickly for this one—think The Woman in the Window for 2019. -- Bill Ott (Reviewed 6/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 19, p40)
  • /* Starred Review */ An original premise, relentless pacing, and strong female characters lift this nail-biter from Edgar winner McKinty (the Sean Duffy series), which takes a no-holds-barred look at how far a parent will go to protect her child. Divorced teacher Rachel Klein, a cancer survivor, lives on Massachusetts’s Plum Island with her 13-year-old daughter, Kylie. She’s driving to Boston one day to see her doctor when she gets a call from an unidentified woman who sounds upset. The woman tells Rachel that she has kidnapped Kylie, and the only way to get Kylie back is for Rachel to kidnap another child. The woman, whose own child has been kidnapped, and Rachel are now links in a chain of abductions. If Rachel doesn’t follow the program, Kylie will die. In desperation, Rachel and her retired military brother-in-law, Pete O’Neill, eventually kidnap a random child to win her daughter’s release. At that point, an angry Rachel and Pete, ignoring warnings to continue to remain silent and do nothing, go on the offensive to track down the people responsible for the kidnapping chain, culminating in a violent confrontation in a marshy area south of Plum Island. Readers won’t be able to put this thriller down. Agent: Shane Salerno, Story Factory. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 04/29/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 17, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ For every child kidnapped, another must be taken. Otherwise The Chain will be broken. Thirteen-year-old Kylie is waiting for the school bus on Plum Island, Massachusetts, when a man and a woman pull up wearing ski masks. Her brain tells her to run, but she doesn't make the correct split-second decision, and she is taken at gunpoint. Her mother, Rachel, then receives a call that she is now part of The Chain. She must pay a ransom and kidnap another family's child, and then that family must do the same for her daughter to be released. No law enforcement, no politicians, no journalists. The Chain cannot be broken or the children—her child, her Kylie—will be executed. While Rachel scrambles to get the money together (even though it isn't about the money, she is told) and pick a child to steal, it becomes clear that she is being tracked and her every move is being monitored. She can't do this, she must do this, she is now a completely different person who has done this. Inspired by the "exchange kidnappings" that take place in Mexico and the old-school chain letters of his childhood, crime novelist McKinty (Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly, 2017, etc.) takes what at first seems like a fantastical scenario and imbues it with all the terror, stress, trauma, and messiness of reality. At once a commentary on social media, greed, revenge, love, and true evil, and written with an almost lyrical quality, this book will have readers searching for more McKinty titles to devour. An unmissable thriller. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2019)
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10785405
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McKinty, Adrian
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
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PS
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Kidnapping
  • Mothers
  • Massachusetts
Target audience
adult
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The chain, Adrian McKinty
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  • nc
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780316531269
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • on1096312354
  • (OCoLC)1096312354
Label
The chain, Adrian McKinty
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780316531269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1096312354
  • (OCoLC)1096312354

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