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
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Lgbt, Spy Thriller, Espionage

Reviews Codename Villanelle (Killing Eve #1)

  • 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...
  • Kinksrock
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • jess
    deciding on a rating for this one was hard, since i read it after having finished the television show so i couldn't help but compare the two. the book alone is a solid read and easily worth three stars, but coming into it already knowing and caring about the main characters definitely felt like it increased my enjoyment of the novel a fair amount. so also a warning that this review is probably going to mention the television show quite a bit sinc...
  • kat (paperfaeries)
    I was tempted to rate this one star, but I think my love for the show might have persuaded me to raise it.Making characters that are women into stone-cold and badass killers does not make them interesting. Though the book goes into Villanelle’s backstory and history, unlike the show, Villanelle’s character was horribly boring and lacked complexity. Though she is a main character, she was written as if she served more as a plot purpose. In gen...
  • Rachel Hall
    3.5Ridiculously entertaining escapism up to a point.. Heavy of detail with no real resolution.Not having viewed the BBC series, Killing Eve, or particularly drawn to the premise of a spy thriller featuring a beautiful female assassin without conscience, I was surprised by just how entertaining I found Codename Villanelle. With the series now in the public conscience, the premise is well-known and not entirely original, owing much to Nikita (the L...
  • Cheri
    Definitely a great short story. I want more!
  • Maria
    Villanelle is not just a codename, is the essence of Oxana, a deathly killer with no remorse or feelings.Villanelle is part of a mysterious group that rules the world in the dark and uses Villanelle as their perfect weapon, she kills without questions asked and no one knows her... until Eve Polastri, a MI5 agent, that starts to investigate the mysterious killer.This book is just the first scene between these two women, they are playing cat-and-mo...
  • Ash
    I am obsessed with BBC America's new show, Killing Eve. When I saw it was a book, I immediately asked for it at my local library. Apparently, Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle is actually four novellas in one book. It explains the long but small chapter count. Each chapter was the start of a novella. Codename Villanelle is about the titular character who is a ruthless, efficient, and sociopathic assassin. Eve Polastri, formerly of MI:5, is recru...
  • 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...
  • Sophie
    I'm impressed they made such a great TV show out of a thoroughly average book. It's an easy read, but not very compelling and a not very satisfying end (it is very clear leading into a bigger series but I like my books in a series to have more individual closure). My expectations were certainly high from the TV show and I know that is definitely giving me a lower impression of this book, but that emotional intensity that drew me into the show, is...
  • Katy Noyes
    The TV show made me want to explore the source material. Great additional background on Villanelle.4.5 stars.I've found the TV series a breath of fresh air, a smart, capable female investigator and the strong, capable female assassin she is hunting. The book gives us a lot more background detail.Villanelle is a highly trained sociopathic assassin, given assignments around the world that she takes pleasure in carrying out. Eve becomes part of the ...
  • Lady Delacour
    Having watched the TV showwanted to listen to the bookthat the show was based upon.(and I did) A lot of the storyfelt like a Suspense Romance.Skipped over embarrassing partssame as I did with the TV show.Listened with TTS.NOT CLEAN.Crude and Foul language.
  • Jill Mackin
    Three and a half stars. A true page turner, it is a quick read. Cunning assassin Villanelle goes up against Eve, an agent of the SIS.
  • Claire Wilson
    Wow, when I realised that Killing Eve was based on a book series, I immediately stopped watching the programme, preferring to enjoy the book first and I'm glad I did. Codename Villanelle is a fast-paced thriller which I couldn't put down and finished in one sitting. Can't wait for No Tomorrow. 4 stars
  • Julie Lacey
    This is a fast paced thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have seen ‘Killing Eve’ and was intrigued to read this book. I liked how I could visualise Eve and Villanelle after seeing them act out the story on TV, and there were enough differences in the plot to make it feel like another story. There’s obviously elements that have been transferred to the TV programme but overall the book was a good introduction to both characters, and left m...
  • Karen
    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.Villanelle is a Russian orphan who was sentenced to death after killing her father’s killers, she is saved from the death sentence by a man known only as Konstantin but the people calling the shots are a group that call themselves The Twelve, obviously they have not done this for any altruistic reasons, they believe that as a sociopath Villanelle will m...
  • 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 ...
  • 3 no 7
    “Codename Villanelle” by Luke Jennings has been adapted into the hit TV series “Killing Eve.” In general, I prefer the original novel to its TV or movie adaptation, but in this case, both have compelling advantages. While the TV variation “Killing Eve” presents events primarily from Eve’s viewpoint, “Code name Villanelle” reflects events from Villanelle’s perspective. Oxana’s transformation into Villanelle, the highly skille...
  • Ellen
    ...well. I'm so curious to see what the show does with this book.Things I liked:-look, I don't read a lot of spy novels/thrillers, and picking this up was kinda like picking up a james bond movie but with ladies in every role. -it's just that it also kept all the bog-standard sexism and terribleness-Vilanelle is pretty terrible but I love her one-liners; the occasions the book finds to be funny I find deeply endearing-Vilanelle also has the capac...