Tubing By K.A Mckeagney Book Review
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Tubing By K.A Mckeagney Book Review

Tubing By K.A Mckeagney Book Review



A modern-day Looking for Mr. Goodbar
— Fay Weldon

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? 



Tubing By K.A Mckeagney Book Review


This book reminded me a bit of one of the favorite thrillers “Killing me Softly” by Nicci French.

Polly doesn’t seem to be having a great night out with her friend. She takes the last tube to head home. There she makes eye contact with a beautiful stranger and shares an intense, sexual moment with this man right there on the tube. Without knowing his name or anything about him so, it peeked my interest.

After asking around at work, Polly discovers a hook up called “Tubing.” it’s arranged on Twitter and people meet up with a total stranger and engage in sexual activities in the tube. Although I am not from London, I had been there several times and rode the tube many times. It made me wonder if “Tubing” is real and if those acts were happening around me.

I was engrossed in the story and plot. Throughout 60% of the book, the thriller element kicks in.

I found Polly hard to like nor sympathize with. She keeps making bad decisions after bad decisions. She has an eating disorder, hardly does anything at work, and treats her boyfriend like crap. As aspiring thriller writer myself, I understood where this was coming from, the author focused on the complicity of the character.

Overall I liked the originality of the story. I would like to thank Net Galley, the publishers and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Purchase the book.


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