The Chain - Adrian McKinty
Reading Challenge Category: Just wanted to read
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. VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE. YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN
I was gripped by this book right from the start, but at the same time, I struggled with it as well. The premise and plot are fantastic and the fear from the helplessness of the situations everyone is put in really reverberates off the page. I was desperately trying to think of a way out, but there wasn’t. Everyone had to do what they were told no matter how heinous it was if they wanted to survive and save their child. This side of the story was perfectly executed and had you turning the page fast to find out what was going to happen. There were a few shock moments and a few twists and turns to really make you gasp out loud. The part I struggled with was the style the book was written in. It was a little unusual with the short and snappy sentences. There were a lot of references to things I didn’t understand. I wondered if it was a cultural thing and they were specific to the USA and being from the UK I just wasn’t getting them. Pete was the worst for not really understanding him; he had quite a few army or weapon references that just went completely over my head. Rachel was a fan of philosophical sources, again that maybe I’m just not educated enough to have understood. So these elements made it quite challenging to read as a whole. I found myself really having to concentrate, so I didn’t miss anything crucial happening as part of the main story that could get lost in these nuances and cultural overtones. I did thoroughly enjoy the book, though, don’t get me wrong. I think that is the quickest I have read a book in a while as I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know the ending and what would happen to The Chain. A fantastic story but maybe too learned and scholarly for my complete understanding of everything that was going on or being said. A solid four-star read, and I can certainly understand why so many people have been talking about this book.