Representation Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Culture Media and Identities Series ySince the author has a great track record But he s stumbled badly here I think he should leave Boston and go back to Belfast Adrian McKinty is brilliant His Sean Duffy thrillers set in Northern Ireland always deserved to be much successful than they were This book set in America will probably do it for him in terms of sales I hope it does but for me it seemed manufactured uite clunky and lacking in the usual McKinty verve and cleverness until the latter part when it did at least become as gripping as all the fellow thriller writers uoted on the jacket say it is Ifou are new to McKinty and like this then I urge ou to read his earlier Sean Duffy novels they are so much better not least because They Are So Believable I Got The are so believable I got the Chain as a galley and I must say it was a surprise Adrian McKinty announced this standalone novel as something wicked and the story really is wicked and very different from all the previous ones However we meet some places which are familiar from The death ard Newburyport and Plum IslandAnd of course we find references to Ballard Kierkegaard Novalis and to good old Bow Whisky like the Duffy SeriesAlthough The Chain is on a topic which
*usually is not my of tea I don t know which magic McKinty uses after *is not my cup of tea I don t know which magic McKinty uses after first couple of pages it took to get into the story I liked it If like is the right word here This is not a nice story not a simple story It is a story of utter fear and desperation of people who are all of a sudden cast in an extreme situation a tragical dilemma in an Aristotelian way where whatever Wicked Affairs p 2 you can do is wrong and puts guilt onou It raisins some very fundamental uestions How far would Jane of Gowlands you go to saveour loved ones Is crime in the intent or in the deed itselfHalf through the book ou think the story has come to a conclusion but that is where it only really starts and from there it develops into a furious showdown and a satisfying finaleAll in all this book proves how versatile and multi faceted McKinty s talent is I strongly recommend it and I hope it will get the success it deserves Manchmal musste ich das Buch weg legen um kurz Luft zu holen weil ich die Spannung nicht mehr ertragen konnteEin gro artiger Thriller vom besten Krimiautor in englischer Sprache Dieses Buch hat mich von Beginn an gefesselt Oh I so wanted to give this 5 I m such a huge fan of McKintyYes it s a cracking read Yes it ll make a great film in the right hands Yes it will bring McKinty into the spotlight But and it s a BIG but for me it could have been written by anyone and set anywhere whereas his other novels are so distinctive in voice place tone and the. LausibleOBSERVERI may not read a better thriller in my lifetimeSTEVE CAVANAGH An electrifying thriller one of the very best of its kindFIONA CUMMINSWhat a fantastic idea and perfectly written Im uite jealousANTHONY HOROWITZTerrifying TerrificMICK HERRONTHE CHAIN does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage A must read thrillerJAMES SWALLOWDiabolical unnerving relentlessDENNIS LEHANEUtterly brilliantELLY GRIFFITHSA THRILLER OF THE YEAR SELECTION FORGUARDIANDAILY TELEGRAPHEXPRESSOBSERVERTIME MAGAZINE.
Author Has Realised Whathas realised what farrago of nonsense he has constructed and is desperate to escapeSo neat idea not really thought through one protagonist is a philosopher another player is a mathematician Pity the author s grasp of logic is so weakThe book seems to be selling well Understandable. Ull miss meals sleep and our stop on the bus guaranteedVAL McDERMIDI writhed with the pain of withdrawal when I finished it Deserves to be the popular hit of the earDAILY TELEGRAPHIncredibly propulsive and original You wont shake it for a long timeSTEPHEN KINGA masterpiece You will never be able to forget itDON WINSLOWA uniue and unforgettable thriller Breath taking breakneck brilliantMARK BILLINGHAMStriking memorable should be savouredTANA FRENCHExplosively brilliant Genuinely unputdownable Terribly After waiting uiet impatiently for this book to land in my letterbox I must say I was utterly disappointed Not only did I find the first chapters tedious and boring I wanted to read a McKinty book I do love the Sean Duffy series but the layout of the whole story reminded me to something written by Karin Slaughter or the recent ones of Stephen King The Institute Even though the story takes up speed and is of course becoming so thrilling that I had The Institute Even though the story takes up speed and is of course becoming so thrilling that I had finish the book in 24 hours it remained inconvincing to me I find it not well thought out somehow incomplete and if it is okay to say so too much All American For My Liking I Love american for my liking I love Gripping right from the beginning I finished it in a few days It had me on the end of my seat Fresh compelling You won t regret I love this author I inhaled all six of his Sean Duffy novels within a couple of weeks So brilliant so distinctive so well plotted so full of learning and beautiful writing so movingThis is NOTHING like those The first half is tedious in the extreme ou already know the basic premise of the plot from the dust jacket or the blurb on and the first half of the book is a duly ghastly drawn out narrative of one family s hideous experience of the chain You know what s going to happen from the start and it does Very slowly It s boring as hellThe second half of the book then concerns the main protagonist s attempt to unravel the chain This part feels rushed and full of implausibilities even given the enitrely implausible central conceit The big twist such as it is is introduced very late then telegraphed a mile in advance before the author himself prematurely gives it up just a couple of chapters later There s no suspense It s a poor old predictable potboiler in the vein of a sub substandard Stephen King thriller Absolute tripe Sooooooo disappointed Just cannot fathom how an author can go from the Duffy novels A to this C minus tosh in a misguided attempt to go mainstream It actually makes me sad Adrian please go back to doing what ou re very very good at and stop trying to be Stephen King I have read many disappointing books in my time but this is the absolute worst It is not just ridiculously far fetched but the characters are eually ridiculous being superficial stereotypes of the highest order The entire novel is dreadful but the ending is so lazy that it seems the author had backed himself into a corner and could not be bothered coming up with anything remotely feasible It must be said that this dire ending almost makes the not be bothered coming up with anything remotely feasible It must be said that this dire ending almost makes the of the book seem bearable by comparisonPlease do not waste our hard earned money on this lazy contrived. A heart stopping roller coaster DAILY MAILThe book everyone is talking about MIRRORA blazing full tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype GUARDIANYOUR PHONE RINGSA STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILDTO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSES CHILDYOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIMS PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILDIF ANY OF THESE THINGS DONT HAPPENYOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLEDVICTIM SURVIVOR ABDUCTOR CRIMINALYOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN Scary plausible grippingIAN RANKINYo.