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 betides 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.
‘Killing It’ lives up to its name and manages to be entertaining while giving the reader a fast-paced thriller laced with satire and delivering a thought-provoking feminist message.
Lex is a successful woman in a predominately male world, nothing new there then, you may think, but she’s a trained assassin working for a wholly deniable government organisation. After nearly a decade of killing for a living, she decides to risk a relationship and Gigi; a lovable baby is the outcome of this. Returning to work after maternity leave, she wonders if she’s can still be the edgy killer she previously was, not helped by the less than helpful reactions of her male counterparts.
The plot is full of twists, excellent characters who are vividly depicted and soon bring the reader into the world of government endorsed assassins and London’s Yummy Mummy set. At times it seems safer to hang out with the killers, at least their weapons aren’t hidden.
Lex is always challenged in this book as she tries to be both a professional worker and consummate mother. Will she have to choose one or other or will the choice be made for her?
The final twists are well-executed and the ending realistic and satisfying.
If you enjoy a thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously but makes you think, this is the one.
I received a copy of this book from Bonnier Zaffre via NetGalley in return for an honest review.