Killing It

Written by Asia Mackay


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 betide 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.




Different and Dazzling!  5 stars


Fabulous! With so much going on in this multi-faceted novel, you must keep your wits about you!

We first meet Lex on the day she returns to work following a short maternity leave; a stressful time for any new mother but then seldom have a career as a trained assassin! Proud of her achievements in a male dominated world, Lex is determined that motherhood won’t stop her doing a job she’s damn good at and is happy to blaze the trail for generations to follow. But how will the powers that be deal with her return?

I’ve always enjoyed a good spy thriller, and this reminded me – in a way – of the tv series Spooks. Ordinary men and women who go to work each morning, returning home to their unsuspecting families at the end of an often gruelling day. That side of this story is very well thought out and completely plausible, and on it’s own would be an attractive read. The humour in this book is what makes it stand out from the crowd – it’s so funny! The R&D department put Bond’s Q in the shade. Several similarities to events reported in the news – if indeed they were genuine and not planted – piqued my attention and yes, made me wonder how much is true! Lex Tyler is a woman every young girl should hold in her heart as an example of how to dream of their future – forget Gaga, Lex is the real Lady!

Such a fun and thrilling read deserves no less than a full house of stars; I have winced and grinned my way from beginning to end, and closed my kindle with a big sigh of complete satisfaction. Different and dazzling!

My thanks to publishers Bonnier Zaffre for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family life, humour, spy thriller


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Publisher: Zaffre
  • Publication Date: 12 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


51kRMnw4fIL._UX250_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 started writing Killing It on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs. Killing It is her first novel and was the Runner Up in Richard and Judy’s Search for a Bestseller competition 2017.


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