The Chain tells the story of Rachel, who has been battling cancer for years, and now suffers the worst blow of all: her daughter has been kidnapped. But not by a regular criminal wanting ransom – she’s been kidnapped by a regular mom who is part of the Chain, and Rachel is now part of it, too. To have her daughter back, Rachel must pay up and do the unthinkable… kidnap a child.
I was initially not really going to pick up The Chain because the synopsis didn’t call to me, but after seeing so much hype around it (it’s even being turned into a movie) and also how excited my sister was to read it, I decided to pick it up on audio!
The audio narration was pretty great, very intense and distinct, Rachel’s voice always with a tone of grim determination that I really liked. The idea is really unique and if you like the synopsis, I suggest you go for it! From what I gathered from my sister, she really enjoyed the book! I wasn’t as big a fan, and found myself rushing through the ending because I lost patience with the story. Overall I did enjoy it, but I think if I’d skipped it I would not have missed out on much. The book’s style just wasn’t for me.
I found its pacing slacking a lot, and there were several moments of tension, which of course is great to keep you on your toes, but when it’s been several of those and I realized I was only halfway through, I started to get impatient. I didn’t quite love the writing either, it felt a lot of telling instead of showing, and maybe it just didn’t work so well in audio and it’s better to read it in print, but considering I love the narrator and her previous work with The Diviners by Libba Bray for example, I’d say the writing didn’t work for me.