The breakneck thriller that inspired TV sensation Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh, "unlike any other spy drama you've seen" (Daily Beast).
Villanelle (a codename, of course) is one of the world's most skilled assassins. A catlike psychopath whose love for the creature comforts of her luxurious lifestyle is second only to her love of the game, she specializes in murdering the world's richest and most powerful. But when she murders an influential Russian politician, she draws a relentless foe to her tail.
Eve Polastri (not a codename) is a former MI6 operative hired by the national security services for a singular task: to find and capture or kill the assassin responsible, and those who have aided her. Eve, whose quiet and otherwise unextraordinary life belies her quick wit and keen intellect, accepts the mission.
The ensuing chase will lead them on a trail around the world, intersecting with corrupt governments and powerful criminal organizations, all leading towards a final confrontation from which neither will emerge unscathed. Codename Villanelle is a sleek, fast-paced international thriller from an exciting new voice in fiction.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re blown away by BBC America’s thrilling cat-and-mouse series Killing Eve. Go deeper into the story with Codename Villanelle, a collection of British journalist Luke Jennings’ four self-published novellas about an icy Russian agent with a tragic backstory. Villanelle is a daring assassin, as stylish in her methods of execution as she is airtight in her ability to pull off grand escapes. But then brilliant British spy Eve Polastri crosses her path. As the two women’s everyday lives intertwine, they engage in a deadly international game that tests each woman’s mettle. Jennings’ tight, no-nonsense prose ups the suspense.
Watch the show
If you like the show, you’ll like the book. But you’ll probably like the show more. To be fair, reading this made me think “they’re the same”, and you see much more into how crazy it is to believe Villanelle is leaving signs for Eve at first. Niko has a much larger role, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. It’s a good, interesting read that flows well, but I expected less sex and more connection between Eve and Villanelle.