I’d like to thank Mulholland Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 9, 2019
You will 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 started reading this about 7:00 p.m. yesterday and finished it about 2 1/2 hours later. I almost had an accident because I didn’t want to stop reading to take a pee break! Ahem. That’s probably a bit TMI. Anyway, it’s a little over two months until the publication date for The Chain and it’s already receiving a multitude of accolades from A list authors like Stephen King, Tana French, Don Winslow, Dennis Lehane, Alafair Burke, and Meg Gardiner. And for the most part the hype is well-deserved. I’m going to get my criticism out of the way first. Just by reading the synopsis you can probably guess that this isn’t the most believable of stories. The events that happen and the way characters react just wouldn’t happen in real life. But this is one of those books that you just have to let go of any expectation of plausibility and enjoy the ride. Speaking of the characters, they’re a little two-dimensional, in part because this is a plot driven story and I was unable to connect with any of them, but ultimately this wasn’t enough to spoil my enjoyment.
The plot is a non-stop roller coaster ride filled with nail-biting anxiety. The action begins on the very first page and never once lets up. The Chain is coming out July 9th which is great timing because it really is the quintessential beach/vacation read. I highly recommend this to fans of twisty thrillers. I’m now waiting to see if this is optioned by Hollywood.