Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1) by Luke Jennings

Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1)

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 s...

Details Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1)

TitleCodename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1)
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, LGBT

Reviews Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve, #1)

  • Fred Klein
    I have to give credit to the producers of the series "Killing Eve" that they found in this mediocre novel the basis for a better than average tv show.This novel -- the introduction to a book series that is coming or has already happened? -- is really nothing special. It's the story of two women, one a psychopathic contract killer, the other a British agent, who are pitted against each other. I saw some influence of Ian Fleming, especially in the ...
  • Carol
    If you loved Killing Eve, chances are good you'll enjoy this. I loved it. Fast-paced, compelling plot progress. Villanelle is fascinating, efficient and quick on her feet. Enough details, but not too much. Far fewer characters than the TV series. It's entirely fresh and unlike anything else I've read, all in a good way. The writers of the series, however, made some key plot and personnel changes for their adaptation, so you need to accept that th...
  • Lo O'Neill
    Not going to lie the reason that I wanted to read this book was because I watched the BBC adaption Killing Eve and I completely loved that. However, this did bring up the worry for me that the book wouldn’t be as good and that it was actually the cast of actors that I loved more (because they were amazing and so much fun to watch!). Luckily, watching the show has not detracted from the novel at all, which is an achievement considering the devia...
  • Ian
    The Girl with the Drag and Drop TattooThis book raises many questions, some of which are more easily answered than others.The big question is: can Luke Jennings keep both Villanelle and Eve alive long enough to milk the excellent TV series?Fortunately, sequels to both book and TV series are in the pipeline (as at the time of writing this review).Comparisons and QueriesNow for some comparisons:The four stories have the political thriller overtones...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest #1 Codename Villanelle - ★★★#2 No Tomorrow - To Be Read Codename Villanelle is a book I listened to. I don’t often listen to audiobooks, but I wanted to read this book, and I didn’t own a physical copy. The reason I wanted to read this book is because I heard there is a TV series coming, featuring Sandra Oh from Grey’s Anatomy. I loved Sandra as Christina, and I knew I was...
  • Andrew Smith
    I’ve been aware of the television series for some time and it seems to have garnered many good reviews. Would it be another of those series that I just didn’t get around to, despite my best intentions. Probably. But then I spotted this tie-in novel – ideal, I’ll whip though this and if it floats my boat… well, I’ll know the story by then so it’ll most likely still be a series I never get to watch. But anyway, to the book.(view spoil...
  • Katie.dorny
    Probably closer to 3.5 stars but still hugely enjoyable for me.I love a good thriller and this ticked every box. I also love the fact are two main protagonists are females - that seems to rare in thrillers I come across.Villanelle is a wonderfully complex villain - her backstory and her innermost thoughts really do explore the dark side of the human psyche.Eve, are supposed hunter; she seems capable of anything. The reader will have to continue t...
  • Josh
    A conglomerate of the wealthy controlling worldwide drug trafficking, politics, and banking interests known as The Twelve is threatened when a European underworld faction muscles in on their trade. In response, they dispatch a lethal killer known only by her handle; Villanelle, to take care of the problem. Unbeknownst to The Twelve, Villanelle's bloody footprint will be closely followed by an industrious MI5 agent, Eve, commencing a deadly game o...
  • Charles
    Firstly, I read this entirely because I’m enjoying the TV Series , which is very good. Despite the differences the book adds details that make the TV Series richer. Secondly, unlike the TV Series, the book is more of a guys read. In some ways it reminds me of Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City. Finally, the book ends in a cliffhanger, which causes me some consternation.This is a very short book at about 220 pages. Its internally separated into fou...
  • Bill Lynas
    Killing Eve was a fast paced, sexy, violent, stylish & amusing TV series & that pretty much sums up the book too.While the series kept assassin Villanelle's real identity a secret for quite a while the book gives us her real name, background & details of her training as a killer very early on. To be honest, it works well either way.Although originally published as four ebook singles the story is better as a complete novel. It may not have the dep...
  • Anna
    How I miss Killing Eve, such a wonderful TV series. I daydream about it sometimes to distract myself from my tedious job. It was only a matter of time before I gave the novels a try. I must say, ‘Codename Villanelle’ did not live up to my expectations. Structurally it’s very different - Villanelle and Eve don’t properly meet or exchange a word throughout. The book begins with Villanelle’s backstory, which is kept wonderfully ambiguous i...
  • Nicole
    I am amazed that someone was able to create such an amazing show from this material. It's like taking a pile of horse manure and turning it into a diamond. The problems are1) Jennings is a shit writer2) the book is somehow boring? 3) he doesn't show, he tells. "Eve and Villanelle are sworn enemies" bitch where? "Eve and Niko are having marital problems" I mean if you say so? 4) I dont know why his third person present tense annoys me so much, but...
  • Alex Cantone
    They had recognised her talent, sought her out, and taken her from the lowest place in the world to the highest, where she belonged. A predator, an instrument of evolution, one of that elite to whom no moral law applied. Inside her, this knowledge bloomed like a dark rose, filling every cavity of her being.Not a TV watcher, but a while back I caught a few episodes of series 1 of “Killing Eve”, and was impressed by British actress, Jodie Crome...
  • Toby
    The basis for the fantastic new TV show Killing Eve. All it has done is reinforce my infatuation with Phoebe Waller-Bridge as an incredibly talented writer (although I find it impossible to disentangle my crush on her Fleabag character from this infatuation) as Luke Jennings really is not much of a fiction writer at all it seems. His prose is clunky and over written, something I find even more disconcerting considering this book is a collection o...
  • Miriam Smith
    "Codename Villanelle" written by Luke Jennings is a very entertaining and enjoyable book, I did struggle a little with the foreign names and places but once you familiarise yourself with them the story flows easily and has a fantastic and ingenious plot to it.An excellently written international thriller with a kick ass female assassin, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to all readers who like intelligent and fast paced thrillers, just be aware of...
  • Kiwicmc
    This is a punitive rating for the cliffhanger ending. An annoying practice which should be stamped out. Half a book only deserves half a rating!
  • murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
    "So how was London?" he enquires. "I was there in November. Were you very busy?""Yes, work's always murder..." 3 / 5Short review because I'm in a bit of a review-writing funk, so yeah.Read this in preparation for watching the BBC adaptation of the series, which I'm very excited for (I mean, with both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh as leads, I refuse to believe it will be anything less than amazing). Anywho, the plot for these four stories was more La ...
  • Paul E. Morph
    Comparisons to the t.v. show are, perhaps, inevitable, being the current critical and popular darling that it is, but I’m going to try to avoid them here.Taking this as a thriller in its own right, I found this enjoyable but nothing particularly special. I enjoyed the writing style and there are some exciting action scenes, but there were a few too many completely gratuitous sex scenes for my tastes and to call the actions of the British Intell...
  • Laura
    Did I read this - not exactly - I watched both series I and II. Does that count? Anyway - it's brilliant, apart from the fact that Ms Waller Bridge spends most of Part II trying to make her Assassin likable - she disposes of some truly revolting "victims?". As the title irrevocably states, however - "Killing Eve", so - liking Villanelle is a moral and predictable - no go.Allow me to interpose a question - Ms Oh had a choice - did she not? Go with...
  • Rida Imran
    This is not a bad book. It's just relatively bad compared to it's amazing adaptation. But Villanelle's back story is exciting. She has learnt how to copy emotions to fit in.I may not recommend the book but the show is lit with an incredible cast for characters!2.5 stars! This is not a bad book. It's just relatively bad compared to it's amazing adaptation. But Villanelle's back story is exciting. She has learnt how to copy emotions to fit in.I m...
  • Izza
    2.5 stars | The show is so much better. That's all I have to say. I gave it 2 stars because Villanelle's parts were fascinating. She is one of my absolute favourite characters.
  • Ammar
    Not a bad read Quick
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    ‘Codename: Villanelle’ is the thriller novel a new BBC show, Killing Eve, is based on. Below is a link to a promo trailer: for us fans of the TV show and interested readers in the book series, at the time I am writing this review, book two is coming next year (2019) which hopefully will resolve the cliffhangers. In my opinion, the TV show is better than the book, but Villanelle’s backstory is told in...
  • Mark
    I have enjoyed the BBC tv series "Killing Eve"a lot, it is a show about an assassin so what is not to like. To top it of it is a show about a female assassin and her huntress a female MI5 security officer who has been chasing this unknown assassin and she figured it could be a new female face on the map. Villanelle the assassin is absolutely the opposite of the #metoo movement, she is the alpha character that is the center of the story. Her oppon...
  • Devann
    actual rating: 2.5I almost never say this, but the show is just MILES better than the book in this case. I'm really impressed that they managed to make such a compelling and nuanced story out of this book, which reads in a very paint-by-numbers kind of way. All of Villanelle's backstory that is slowly revealed throughout the show is just dumped on the reader at the very beginning of the novel. She inexplicably has a trophy wife BFF that she hangs...
  • Ashleigh
    Codename Villanelle follows the titular Villanelle, Russian orphan turned assassin. Born Oxana Vorontsova, she drew attention to herself after murdering three men who had previously killed her father and wound up being arrested for it, where a mysterious man saved her from prison and whisks her away to become an assassin. Naming herself after a bottle of perfume, the girl becomes Villanelle and fits instantly into a life of killing targets. But ...
  • anna
    “The truth, Oxana Borisovna, is that the world has a problem with people like you. Men or women who are born, as you were, without a conscience, or the ability to feel guilt. You represent a tiny fraction of the population at large, but without you…”He lit another cigarette, and sat back in his chair. “Without predators, people who can think the unthinkable, and act without fear or hesitation, the world stands still. You are an evolutiona...
  • Kelley
    One sitting! Such a good book....just as good as the TV series, which I love! I loved being able to "hear" Villanelle and Eve's thoughts. I will definitely read the 2nd in this series. And I hope there are more. :)
  • Camille
    I would definitely recommend the show, "Killing Eve," over the novel. You still might like it if you liked the show, but it just wasn't really my cup of tea. The fact that I had watched the show first and really liked it definitely left me subconsciously comparing this book to it, and finding it lacking, so my opinion of this book has probably been altered by that fact.All in all this is really quite an average espionage story. First of all, the ...
  • Fatima Sheriff
    Women written by women >>>> women written by men Women written by women >>>> women written by men