I writhed with the pain of withdrawal when I finished it. The Chain deserves to be the popular hit of the year.
Told in a spare, punchy style, this is a blazing, full-tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype. Read, and pass it on.
A masterpiece. The Chain is one of the finest novels ever produced in the genre - up there with Marathon Man and Red Dragon. It just doesn't get any better than this. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime
McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don't give in: this writing -- sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor -- should be savored
Smartly plotted and hugely readable
Explosively brilliant... genuinely unputdownable. McKinty's brilliance lies in exploring just how far a parent will go to rescue their child.
The plot is clever, the present-tense narrative is straightforwardly effective and there are plenty of references to Moby Dick, existentialism and the Ouroboros.
Pairing an irresistible concept with a winner protagonist, The Chain promises to be your new addiction once you succumb to the first enticing page.
McKinty has now gambled on mimicking Lee Child by moving to America and penning thrillers set there, taking on Harlan Coben and David Baldacci. On the evidence of this high-concept debut as a born-again American author, they should be worried... it is brilliantly plotted, and just as well written as his Duffy books.
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. It scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! 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
This is just about the perfect summer read for crime nuts - properly gripping and written in razor-sharp prose. The hype for The Chain is fully deserved
The Chain is diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word 'relentless.' McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He writes with confidence, heart, and style to spare. He's the real deal
This clever book moves McKinty - author of the dark, funny Sean Duffy books - into the blockbuster league of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.