2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Nursery by Asia Mackay @abmackster @ZaffreBooks @midaspr #TheNursery #BlogTour

I’m so excited to be able to share my review today for The Nursery by Asia Mackay as part of the blog tour. Many thanks go to Charlotte at Midas PR for the invite and to the publisher for a review copy of the book.

About the book

Killing Eve meets Mick Herron in this riotously funny, adrenaline fuelled thriller about having it all, keeping it all and surviving it all

Trying to balance life with a two-year-old and career as an international spy is proving one of Lex Tyler’s greatest challenges yet. Her toddler has a newfound love of biting, and her husband calls her in frustration when she’s forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning. In her international espionage role, Lex has been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6, who has been selling information to a criminal underworld headhunting website that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people. Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail, and agents die. Surviving both the terrible twos and this traitor might be too much for Lex to handle.

The Nursery is available to purchase from September 5th – Amazon

My thoughts

The Nursery is the follow on book from Killing It and I honestly think I’ve found a new favourite character in Lex Tyler. She’s a bad ass, kick ass, assassin mother of a two year old Gigi and is trying to balance work life, motherhood and keep husband Will from finding out what her real job is.

When I heard about The Nursery and read the description I have to admit I got excited, it sounded fab and I’d heard about the first book Killing It but hadn’t read it, I soon changed that though. I flew through Killing It (review to come soon) and instantly started The Nursery and devoured that too.

Platform Eight is on shutdown due to there being a snake in MI6 who is trading information with an unknown underworld website that are killing agents and Lex and her small team are on a mission to find the snake, shut down the website and save platform eight and it’s not an easy task.

Like I said earlier Lex has become a new favourite character of mine. She’s a first time mum to a strong willed biting Gigi and worries Gigi has inherited her violent side. Will her husband has no idea what she does for a job, he thinks she sits behind a computer most of the day and Lex is scared he’ll leave her if he found out she killed people (for her country). She’s such a strong character though and although she finds it difficult juggling work and motherhood she is very good at both.

It may sound all serious this motherhood and assassin malarkey but there are a lot of laugh out loud moments in this book. The author has done a fantastic job of mixing things up, one minute you’re on the edge of your seat biting your nails and the next you’re laughing out loud.

I did pick up early on who the snake was but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment one bit and it was exciting to see if I had picked right and how Lex and the team would figure it out. There were quite a few red herrings so I was questioning my skills 😂

The Nursery would work as a stand-alone as the author gives you enough information to keep up but I seriously recommend reading them both in order. They are just so good.

So if you like action packed stories with fab characters that you can relate to (hopefully not the assassin side though), stories that keep you totally gripped from first page to last then this is the book for you. I honestly loved this book and I can NOT WAIT to read more about Lex Tyler soon.

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About the author

A half-Chinese, half-Scottish Londoner, Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University, after which she started a career in television. She presented and produced lifestyle programmes in Shanghai before moving back to London, where she worked for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as Project Manager on their round the world motorbike documentaries. She wrote her debut novel Killing It on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. She has since been shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize. The Nursey is the second book in the Killing It series. Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs.  

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