Written by Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Original Language: English
Read from 2019-07-28 to 2019-08-05
Read in English
Review: Thanks to the hype around The Chain I had high expectations of this book. They weren’t met. It’s not a bad book, not by any means, but a book like this should be a thrilling page-turner of excitement, and this wasn’t.
The basic premise is fine. Not entirely original, but interestingly set up, and with a lot of promise. I was looking forward to seeing what kind of twists would be added to the premise, how this would go from being what I would expect it to be, to something that would thrill and surprise me. Disappointingly the story played out pretty much exactly as I would have expected it to. But then, there was more! A part 2 to the story! This also had an interesting premise, a lot of directions in which it could go, and I was excited at the potential of something really interesting being done with it. But no - it played out in a way which was dramatic, sure, but which also felt like the motions were being gone through for the book to end up where it needed to end up.
That’s not to say this is a bad book - it really isn’t bad at all. But it’s not great. And there are so many thrillers at around this length that excite me, thrill me, make me think, make me sad, make me angry, make me shudder, and make me desperately want to find out what happens next. The Chain didn’t. I didn’t dislike it, but it’s also the first book I’ve read in a while which didn’t make me kind of look forward to my commute, or go our of my way to make extra time for reading. It honestly felt a bit like I was reading the screenplay of a safe, likable, exciting, action-packed movie. And, by all means, something like that has some merit, just not the merit I’d want when reading a thriller. I’m sure many people will like this book - it’s easy to like - but I don’t see that many people loving it.