3 journalers for this copy...
Reserved for Daffodil-2.
It will go back on my shelves now until I can fit it into one of Plum-Crazy's monthly "What to Read" themes.
I did guess the twist at the end which was a huge coincidence. All in all an entertaining read with a very scary scenario played out very dramatically."
Reserved for Plum-Crazy as part of the UK Wishlist Tag Game.
To the finder:-
Welcome to bookcrossing -you have found a travelling book. Please make a journal entry now to say where you found the book in case it has been moved. Then, when you have read it, please come back and make a further entry saying whether or not you enjoyed the book and why. It is now yours to do as you like with it, pass it to a friend or just leave it somewhere different for someone else to find and help it with its' journey. Of course if you can't bear to part with it at the moment then keep it, but please let me know that you have found it. If you join bookcrossing, which is free and spam-free, you can follow the book on its' travels as you will get an email each time it changes hands, but if you prefer to remain anonymous, that's fine too. Please also say what you intend to do with the book next. Thanks for coming onto the site to let me know you have found the book.
I already have books travelling in many countries around the world-a list can be found on my bookcrossing profile.
When re-releasing this book please be aware that airports are not a good place to leave books unless they have a specific book exchange shelf or area, due to security problems, so they may well just be disposed of. Also charity shops may well discard books that have been labelled in any way and they mostly chose only the books in the very best condition
to place on their shelves and discard the rest-so another bad release option.
This isn’t a simple kidnap for ransom though, more than money is needed for your child to be released: you must abduct someone else's child to save your own. Don’t think of disobeying or going to the cops. Follow the rules or your child will die.
Can you do it? Can you risk NOT doing it? Well putting another family through this agony won’t help unless they play ball too….your victim's parents must kidnap another child before yours is released. Devious eh? & it means you’re now part of the chain & the crucial thing to remember is:
Rachel is one of those unlucky parents that gets such a call. Already in a battle with cancer, Rachel marshalls her strength to take on this new fight & sets out to recover her daughter. Her transistion from victim to criminal is not without its problems but she approaches the bizarre & cruel situation in a surprisingly rational way & as the story progresses her focus becomes the destruction of The Chain. But The Chain is ever vigilant, ever aware of those who might be about to snap one of its links & for anyone trying to free themselves an untimely end is on the cards…
This was a gripping read from the start & it had me hooked. Many of the situations were scarily plausible scenarios, with others a bit less credible. However, they balanced each other out & the odd flashes of black humour, of the sort I so like, were nice touches. Rachel is a strong character, so’s her daughter for that matter, with more mettle than the men they have to rely on. What I found particularly scary was how easily Rachel was able to track someones movements via social media. Do some people really document every little move they make for all the world to see? Crazy…though I bet they wouldn’t after reading this!
As the story develops a history of The Chain’s creators begins to emerge & while these were interesting parts of the book, they broke into the pace & tension of the story so it lost a little of its momentum for me. That said I was still completely absorbed right to very end of …what else but….chapter 77 ;o)
Overall, I found it thoroughly enjoyable but it does leave me with one burning question: Why haven’t I read this author before? Still that’s something I can remedy…