Author: Adrian McKinty
Published: July 9, 2019
Audiobook: 10 hours
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 1-6, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.
“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.
But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.
I can’t say much more than my original review did which is here.
This was my book club’s chosen read for January and had been my suggestion! Our meeting is this coming weekend and I can’t wait to hear what actual moms think of this book! I do want to say I enjoyed The Chain just as much the second time as I did the first time. It is so fast paced, intense, and doesn’t slow down at all!
In my previous review I did not mention the narrator: January LaVoy. She is just fabulous! She captured everything she needed as narrated! And was even able to differentiate the voice between characters, both male, female, younger and older! She is one of my go-to narrators, and she was part of the reason I decided to listen to it again for this second go around.