Adrian McKinty presents The Island

They wanted a nice family vacation. Now they're running for their lives.


Third Place Books welcomes acclaimed author Adrian McKinty, author of The Chain, to our Lake Forest Park store. McKinty will be presenting his latest nail-biting thriller The Islandthe story of a family vacation to a remote island unhinged by a train of shocking events.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance. Copies of The Island will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About The Island. . .

It was just supposed to be a family vacation.

A terrible accident changed everything.

You don't know what you're capable of until they come for your family.

After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.

When they discover remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.

But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare. 


Praise for Adrian McKinty. . .

“Expertly choreographed and breathlessly exciting. . . both the peril and the family are like no other. The Chain was McKinty’s breakthrough novel and this one could be every bit as big.”

"Deliverance meets The Road Warrior in this harrowing survival thriller. . . McKinty is a master of suspense."
Publishers Weekly 

"At once a commentary on social media, greed, revenge, love, and true evil, and written with an almost lyrical quality, this book will have readers searching for more McKinty titles to devour. An unmissable thriller."
Kirkus Reviews 

"This book sat on my pile for a long time while I worked up the courage to read it. Like the main character, I have a teenage daughter and the thought that she could be abducted and I, in turn, would be forced to abduct someone else's child to take her place was almost unimaginable. But fear not, this is a thriller through and through with breakneck pacing and resourceful characters who care deeply for one another and who will work together to break the Chain. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down!"
—Deborah Magness, Third Place Books, on The Chain

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied philosophy at Oxford University before moving to Australia and to New York. He is the author of more than a dozen crime novels, including the Dagger and Edgar-award nominated debut Dead I Well May Be, the critically acclaimed Sean Duffy series, and the award-winning standalone thriller The Chain, which was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller. ​McKinty’s books have been translated into over 30 languages and he has won the Edgar Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Ned Kelly Award (3 times), the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Macavity Award, and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. (Photo credit: Leah Garret)

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  • The Island Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780316531283
    Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
    Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 17th, 2022

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    The Chain Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780316531238
    Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
    Published: Mulholland Books - September 22nd, 2020