Hey everyone! Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for TUBING and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you on this crazy thriller. I would also like to thank RedDoor Publishing and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
2018 seems to be my year of Thrillers because I’ve never read so many suspenseful books before. Essential points for me for picking up a psychological/crime/legal thriller are uniqueness and originality. TUBING definitely bristled with those kinds of points and then some. I was in for a wild ride – literally.
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 realize not only how foolish she has been, but how much danger she is in…
Can she get out before it’s too late?
Having a full-time job doesn’t give me too much time for reading anymore, unfortunately. The good thing, however, is (besides my salary) that I have time to read during my commute on the subway. I thought it was hilarious and ironic reading TUBING on the subway or U-Bahn as we call it in Germany. It actually got me thinking: what if tubing was a thing over here too? What if it’s a real thing? Would the commuters notice that sexual meetings would take place right there in the wagon, maybe even right next to them? It’s a chilling thought.
As I already mentioned, the story was nothing I’ve ever read before. I was a little disappointed with the main character, Polly, though. It seems like every character in a thriller is somehow damaged goods and Polly was no different. I was mostly annoyed with her behavior and manners. But then, what sane person would be into sexual encounters on the tube in London? So I guess Polly loving tubing was kind of fitting, in a weird and twisted way.
The beginning of this novel was great and interesting. Everything was new and exciting and I was eager to find out more about this tubing thing. I was actually a little appalled and disgusted with all of this but it’s a thriller, right?
The middle part was rather boring: It was the same old Polly-drama, and tubing encounter after tubing encounter. Then came a shocking twist I didn’t see coming but should have and shortly after came another one and I was hooked once again. I was really excited to see how K. A. McKeagney would bring this book to an end because after those shocking twists I wanted to end it in a big boom.
I don’t know if the ending was supposed to be the big boom, perhaps it was for a lot of readers, but it wasn’t for me. It was actually diflating and I hoped for something different.
TUBING is not your everyday thriller: It’s different, shocking, unique but most of all provocative and I am impressed that K. A. McKeagney wrote such a story. Although I was not totally satisfied with it, it definitely deserves a solid 3-star-rating.
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