Author: K.A. McKeagney
Publisher: RedDoor Publishing
Publication date: 31 May, 2018
Tubing by K.A. McKeagney is a well-plotted, intense novel focused on sexuality and society. I sped through this novel at lightning-speed to discover what was really going on and why. I thought that McKeagney did an excellent job of describing sexual encounters and mixing them in with a state of hypertension and fear to create a great atmosphere for this novel, leaving the reader constantly on the edge of their seat.
Polly is in a seemingly perfect relationship with the brilliant doctor, Oliver. When he doesn’t plan anything special for their anniversary, she gets upset and meets a sexy stranger on the tube. Following a salacious encounter, Polly becomes enthralled in the world of tubing, not fully realising the danger she is putting herself in.
Why I liked this book…
Honestly, McKeagney can write a gripping, fast-paced novel. From the first page, I needed to know who she was meeting, what was wrong in her relationship and how this all related. This novel is intricately woven, with the moment of discovery being quite shocking in my opinion. I enjoyed the ways that McKeagney gave their characters traits, illnesses and past experiences which managed to influence the ways they were treated in certain scenarios. This also drew on the way people tend to view mental health issues, which I found compelling.
As a character, I didn’t like Polly, but I’m not sure if the reader is supposed to. She’s cheating on her boyfriend and is very self-involved, all of which leads to the eventual ending of this narrative. It’s as though she’s on a self-destructive Path because her relationship isn’t all it’s always been to her. The deliverance of her eating disorder as a way for her family and boyfriend to dispel her ‘irrational’ concerns was very indicative of today’s culture surrounding mental health; the problems get addressed, but it becomes all that you are.
The story itself is gripping, fast-paced and to be read in a short time-frame. I read this in one evening and am so glad I did, because it was the only way to keep up with the constant events and encounters throughout. You will feel exhausted after reading Tubing and may need to lay in a book coma for a while afterwards.
Overall, I thought this was a fun, sinister and salacious read. I would recommend to people who love reading about dangerous sexual encounters and the dark secrets of society’s elite. Thank you RedDoor for my advance copy of Tubing one exchange for an honest review.