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A pulse-pounding, high-concept new thriller from the author of the “propulsive and original” instant Sunday Times bestseller The Chain (Stephen King).

You should not have come to the island


You should not have been speeding

You should not have tried to hide the body

You should not have told your children that you could keep them safe

No one can run forever…

PRAISE FOR ADRIAN McKINTY, global bestselling author of THE CHAIN

‘A heart-stopping roller coaster’
DAILY MAIL

‘The book everyone is talking about’
MIRROR

‘Scary, plausible, gripping.’
IAN RANKIN

‘You’ll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus – guaranteed.’
VAL McDERMID

‘I writhed with the pain of withdrawal when I finished it. Deserves to be the popular hit of the year.’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.’
STEPHEN KING

‘A masterpiece. You will never be able to forget it.’
DON WINSLOW

‘A unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant.’
MARK BILLINGHAM

‘Striking, memorable, should be savoured.’
TANA FRENCH

‘Explosively brilliant. Genuinely unputdownable. Terribly plausible’
OBSERVER

‘I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime.’
STEVE CAVANAGH

‘An electrifying thriller – one of the very best of its kind’
FIONA CUMMINS

‘What a fantastic idea and perfectly written. I’m quite jealous.’
ANTHONY HOROWITZ

‘Terrifying. Terrific.’
MICK HERRON

‘THE CHAIN does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage. A must-read thriller.’
JAMES SWALLOW

‘Diabolical, unnerving, relentless.’
DENNIS LEHANE

‘Utterly brilliant’
ELLY GRIFFITHS

Reviews

McKinty hangs on to his wit and literacy even under duress...Beneath its surface of high-speed thrills, The Chain is clearly the work of the philosophical thinker McKinty has always been.
Janet Maslin, New York Times
Told in a spare, punchy style, this is a blazing, full-tilt thriller that entirely justifies the hype.
Guardian
A deeply unsettling story about the limits of morality, raising questions about the nature of good and evil and the depths of parental love.
Joumana Khatib, New York Times
This is more than nail-biting; think cuticle-shredding.
Washington Post
This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time
Stephen King
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. The Chain scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! I raced to the end of the book and then went back to see how Adrian McKinty pulled it all off. 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
Don Winslow
Scary, plausible, gripping
Ian Rankin
Starting The Chain is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed
Val McDermid