Killing It, Asia Mackay – Book Review

Hello Humans! Today I’m reviewing something a little bit different. I feel like I talk about this a lot, but when you read mostly one genre (or a selection of just a few) like I do, sometimes you need to mix it up otherwise everything starts to blur together. I don’t have a strict rule of ‘three YA novels and then a palette cleanser’ but I do try to put in a book that will push me outside of my comfort zone every once in a while. Killing It was certainly not something I would usually read.

Killing It, Asia Mackay

Goodreads Summary:

For trail-blazing women everywhere!

Every working mum has had to face it.

The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave.

But this working mum is one of a kind.

Meet Alexis Tyler.

An elite covert agent within Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler ‘you can’t’.

She will have it all. Or she’ll die trying . . .

And yes, she damn well will be home for bath time.

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I have to preface this review with the fact that I am not a mother, nor do I currently have any plans to have kids in the foreseeable future, it’s not something I find myself wanting. And this book was certainly not written with me in mind. I don’t mean that in a bad way, and you can’t argue that you don’t know what you’re getting yourself in for from the beginning, but I do think that there are other people who would get more out of this book than I would.

This book is fun, that was my biggest takeaway. It doesn’t shy away from the violence and the danger but it is fun at the core. It’s so silly at times that you have to laugh out loud, the moment we got onto bulletproof pram covers I got the sense of what this book was trying to do. Conceptually, I think it’s a clever idea for a story and, while it definitely goes to the extreme, it knows what it’s doing.

But if you are the kind of person who inhabits that ‘mum’ world, I can only assume that this will resonate even more powerfully with you. Either you’ll relate to the Cath Kidston references or you’ll read it as an amusing caricature of parenthood. I don’t doubt that there were a lot of ‘in-jokes’ that I missed, I’m sure someone else would be able to find them.

I did have a good time reading this, I thought that the pacing was right, there was just the right balance between action and downtime. The plot itself had that ‘plausible but still ridiculous’ feel of old spy novels, there are twists and turns aplenty. This is a book to be read on the go, you can see it clutched on buses, planes, trains etc.

Should you read this? If it seems like something you would find fun then I say go for it, you’ll certainly find it entertaining!

My rating: 3/5 stars

I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Is this something you might read? Let me know in the comments below!


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