Blog Tour | Tubing #review

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Polly, 28, lives in London with her ‘perfect-on-paper’ boyfriend. She works a dead-end job on a free London paper. . . life as she knows it is dull. But her banal existence is turned upside down late one drunken night on her way home, after a chance encounter with a man on a packed tube train. The chemistry between them is electric and on impulse, they kiss, giving in to their carnal desires. But it’s over in an instant, and Polly is left shell-shocked as he walks away without even telling her his name.

Now obsessed with this beautiful stranger, Polly begins a frantic online search, and finally discovers more about tubing, an underground phenomenon in which total strangers set up illicit, silent, sexual meetings on busy commuter tube trains. In the process, she manages to track him down and he slowly lures her into his murky world, setting up encounters with different men via Twitter.

At first she thinks she can keep it separate from the rest of her life, but things soon spiral out of control.

By chance she spots him on a packed tube train with a young, pretty blonde. Seething with jealousy, she watches them together. But something isn’t right and a horrific turn of events makes Polly realise not only how foolish she has been, but how much danger she is in…

Can she get out before it’s too late?

 

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Tubing will be published on 10th May 2018

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Well I have to say that as soon as I read the blurb for this one I knew it was a book that I could enjoy immensely, a psychological thriller with an erotic flair, and I was glad not to be let down.

I didn’t actually like Polly, I’m not sure you really have to to enjoy this book, but there was something spellbinding about her descent into this obsession that I couldn’t break away from. I hated how she started to let everything else in her life slide and that she didn’t seem to be able to function well as a human being at points but at the same time I could understand the constant pull of the new and exotic.

The writing was spectacular, I felt myself getting so riled up about the situations that Polly puts herself in even though I didn’t like her which to me is a sign of someone who is brilliant at their craft. The plot was clever too, I love it when details that at first seem very irrelevant become major turning points and in this genre sometimes they can be too easy to spot but in this book, I found that wasn’t the case.

The concept of the story was for me fascinating, the idea of someone managing to lose themselves to a small but public encounter was what really hooked me in but as the larger story unfolded I was continually surprised by the revelations that added to the suspense. The last half of the book I devoured easily because every time we learned a little more about the players of the book I felt like everything was once again turned on its head but in the best way.

I feel like there are a million things I want to say about this book, I know I can’t because it would spoil it for everyone, but at the end I was on the edge of my seat desperate to know how it would play out. Something I definitely can say though is that I am very excited to see what this author comes up with next.

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There are still lots of stops on this tour so be sure to follow along

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K.A. McKeagney studied psychology in Bristol before completing a Masters degree in creative writing at Brunel. She won the Curtis Brown prize for her dissertation, which formed the basis of her first novel Tubing. She has worked in London as a health editor writing consumer information as well as for medical journals. Her writing has been commended by the British Medical Association (BMA) patient information awards.

She is currently working on her second novel.

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