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Adrian McKinty
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The Chain

Adrian McKinty


Hachette Australia

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery


368 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Adrian McKinty is the author of the excellent Sean Duffy crime series that so evocatively develops interesting characters and captures the mood and times of Ireland during 'the Troubles' of the 1980s. This standalone novel is a completely different beast.

Where DO writers get their ideas from?* The concept of a chain of parents having to kidnap other parents children to save their own... well, I'd pause before thrusting this novel into the hands of any parent of young kids - although there are plenty of tough and resourceful parents out there as this story reveals.

Set in modern day America, this is a taut, diabolical thriller that plays on your mind.** We should be thankful that Mr. McKinty writes for a living and isn’t running his own Chain.*** Craig Kirchner

* In his acknowledgmements, McKinty outlines how this idea came together, but he does have a penchant for book titles based on lyrics so... Fleetwood Mac? "I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain".

** I changed my Facebook privacy settings.
*** McKinty was thinking of chucking in his writing career. With publishing rights to The Chain now having been sold in more than 30 countries and Paramount Pictures having acquired the film rights, hopefully he can relax a bit and keep writing.



Listen carefully ...

Your child has been kidnapped.

You must abduct someone else's child to save your own.

Disobey. Break the rules. Go to the cops. Your child will die.

Your victim's parents must kidnap another child before yours is released.

You are now part of the chain.

#DONTBREAKTHECHAIN A book for readers who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

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By:   Adrian McKinty
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9780733642517
ISBN 10:   0733642519
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 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.

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

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