Today, I’m part of the #EastofHounslow blog tour in association with HQ Stories! Here you’ll find my thoughts and feelings on Khurrum Rahman’s debut novel in my review below.
About the Book
Published: 30th November 2017
Publisher: HQ Stories
Pages: 384 Pages
The one man who can save us all?
Javid – call him Jay – is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to the 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. With the edgy humour of Four Lions and the pulse-racing tension of Nomad, East of Hounslow is the first in a series of thriller starring Jay Qasim.
What can I say? The East of Hounslow was brilliant. A contemporary piece of fiction that screams dark humour and more.
Javid Qasim, or Jay as he is better known, lives in Hounslow and is a small-time drug dealer. On a Friday he attends prayers and for the rest of the week, it’s all about sex, drugs and alcohol. However, his exploits don’t go unnoticed as MI5 want Jay as their new recruit. This petty criminal is enlisted as an undercover agent asked to spy on a possible Islamist cell operating in Hounslow.
Jay, at first, was a character that I felt like I wasn’t going to connect with. However, his honest humour and energy made me warm to his qualities. Yes, he’s committing an offence, but he’s not a malicious person. It was also interesting to learn about his culture and religion. Khurrum Rahman includes phrases and events that anyone who doesn’t belong to the faith would normally not hear about.
The story is packed full of energy, twists and turns, plus a mind-blowing ending that leaves you wanting more.
I recently found out that the East of Hounslow is book one in the series – I cannot wait to read more!