GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then some thing interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

I have been in a bit of a weird mood the last few days and haven’t been really enjoying much of anything. So when it came time to pick a book for this week’s post I was sort of stumped for a theme. Even when I used a random number, I kept looking at the books and thinking, “why the hell did I put this on my list!?” I even deleted a couple that really held no interest for me. So I guess that was a good thing about my mood this weekend? Anyways, I finally just decided to do one final random number and just do what ever book came up. Which is why I am here to talk about:

East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman

Publication date: July 28, 2020

Summary from Goodreads:

Meet Jay.
Small-time dealer.
Accidental jihadist.
The one man who can save us all?

Javid – call him Jay – is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he’s just bought his pride and joy – a BMW. He lives with his mum, and life seems sweet.

But his world is about to turn upside-down. Because MI5 have been watching him, and they think he’s just the man they need for a delicate mission.

One thing’s for sure: now he’s a long way East of Hounslow, Jay’s life will never be the same again.

I remember coming across this book last summer and thinking it sounded really interesting and something that I would enjoy. I like stories where ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and end up being the hero. I have read a lot of cold war thrillers back in the day and this one has a decidedly contemporary feel to that genre. It hasn’t had a lot of reviews on Goodreads, but it has a rating of 4.08 which is pretty good for a debut. I have put a hold on it at the library so I hope that I will be reading it soon.

What do you think? Does this sound like a good book?

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