Slow Horses by Mick Herron

When I attended ‘The Book Taster Live’ in May last year, Nikki May recommended ‘Slow Horses’ by Mick Herron as her book of choice. So, I of course picked up a copy, as I had loved ‘Wahala’, so felt that Nikki May probably had a very good taste in books.

Now, I know you should not judge a book by its cover, but I feel the covers of these books possibly make you feel like they are stories aimed at a male audience. This may be an unpopular opinion, but that is how the cover appears. However, do not let the cover put you off, because this book was excellent and I am really keen to read more of the series.

It is such a fantastic idea that ‘Slough House’ (nicknamed ‘Slow Horses’) is where those who have made career-damaging mistakes are put out to pasture. Some may have made mistakes in the line of duty, some have made some poor personal choices, and some may well have been set up to fail. However, they are some great minds from MI5, who maybe just need a little more guidance to ensure that they remain on the correct path. Jackson Lamb leads this team of misfits; he may not be the most conventional mentor, but he has a wit and sharp mind that shows what a great agent he must have been, and still is.

This is a story of kidnap and intrigue. A thrilling spy story, which, if I am honest, is not my usual genre – but it had me gripped. Some secrets of the team are revealed, but some are still left unanswered, which clearly means that I need to read more of this series (honestly, why can we not just dedicate all the time to reading!). I am really looking forward to finding out more about Jackson Lamb and his team.

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