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Summary

The basis for Killing Eve, now a major BBC TV series, starring Sandra Oh. 

As Villanelle returns to face her childhood demons and the Russian winter, Eve finds herself on the run from the Twelve, who want her dead. As the action moves between London and St Petersburg, and Eve and Villanelle finally admit their mutual erotic obsession, the chess game approaches its lethal, unforgettable conclusion.

Codename Villanelle and No Tomorrow, the first two in the Killing Eve series, are out now!

©2020 Luke Jennings (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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better than the TV series

One of the most griping series of books I have read, it goes into so much detail.
having watched all the series first, it was nice to picture the actors in the story.

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Not what I expected

This storyline totally confused me, slightly absurd! A rather strange love story. Hope the TV show fares better

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Not worth waiting for

I got into Killing Eve from the TV show last year and soon after devoured books 1 and 2 by Audible, I couldn't wait for a continuation of the story of the charismatic psychopath and her slightly dorky but ultimately good and talented pursuer. I kept checking the release date every month or so to see if it had somehow been pushed forward in Audible, but no. Eventually the release date was upon us and my pre-order was given to me! ...What I heard in this book was.... unexpected to say the least.

Within 3 chapters I found myself having to pause it every now and then to check I wasn't listening to my normal romantic comedy chick lit books, but no, it was definitely Killing Eve. The story is badly written lesbian erotica in some parts, in others it's just badly worded gross descriptions of occurences with no real plot to keep it hanging together. The book does improve slightly as it goes on, but it's not even in the same ballpark as the first two. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.

(I should add that the one bright point in this book was the narration. Lucy Paterson did an excellent job with the voices and I was so glad to hear that she'd joined the book after previously doing an excellent job in books 1 and 2 of this series.)

I'd really love to go on more about what little plot there is in this book but I really don't want to give spoilers to the dedicated fans of the series like myself. I still believe that book 4 could be great (if it actually happens!) and like people have done with many tv series who had a bit of a blip over the years we could just pretend that 'Die for Me' didn't happen. I will say that thing I found most irritating about the entire book is that the two main characters appear to have both had personality transplants. Eve is a simpering wimp with zero self control or knowledge of her own personal boundaries, while Villanelle has found her caring side, which, out of the context I've found it in I could almost believe. However, when combined with the other (non) characters and the neat way everything just fit together it was messy and completely unbelievable that two characters that we've gotten to know in the last 2 books would act the way that they did. Eve from 'Die for Me' would fit in better in a high school melodrama rather than a thriller.

Mr Jennings, please find your old characters and return them to their previous personalities. Don't just follow what's happening in the tv show, this feels like what's happened here. Eve and Villanelle deserve to be remembered in a better way than this.

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Loved it!

Great 3rd chapter. I've enjoyed the audio books much more than the TV series, although I haven't finished series 3 yet.
Beautifully read, I found it exciting, funny and hugely entertaining.

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Wow, that's good!

A very good ending to a great series. Lots of tension and intrigue. Nothing seems as it is.

Looking forward to listening again.

Lucy Paterson brings this story to life.

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3rd book wrecks the efforts made in the first two

Didn't enjoy the final installment. No deeper reflection, insane plot and felt rushed.

spoilers below

Opportunity for Eve to reflect on what she did at end of last book missed. The fact that she was living with someone with a known history of violence, lying and crazy mood swings didn't really go beyond a high school romance.

Really bad. Only stuck with it to complete series.

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disappointing after the first two...

It felt all the way through like I had missed a massive part of the story somewhere. All of a sudden, Eve is madly in love with villanelle, and can't live without her and there is no transition between the two. Eve just moves on from her former life, with no regret, question or thought for her husband or job or colleagues which is just weird that this isn't even explored. She is dependent on villanelle to a point that is cringeworthy, and several times had me saying out loud "come on woman get a grip of yourself!" If I hadn't watched the TV series first, knowing that villanelle is such a fantastic character I think I would have struggled to finish this, which is a shame because the plot is great. I finished really disliking Eve for being such a non entity, and I didnt really think it was necessary to break her character down in this way, she could have been made into a great double agent!

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Meh, it’s an ending

I found this a bit poor and the opposite of exciting. Bearable is accurate.

Eve in this encounter is a whiny woman (or maybe she is played that way) it was at times super frustrating always crying always upset always just so... weak. Not a fan.
Additionally, at time I got a glimps that eve thought she was better than Oksana.

Basically, it’s an okay ending. If you’re reading this you’ve most likely listens to the other two so you might as well finish it off.

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Great story poor narration

I really love the story of Villanelle and Eve but the narrators way of reading was expressionless. The accents and speaking was fine but generally the description was dreadful. Not sure why at all ??

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Great book - poor accent

The “Welsh” accent was abysmal.

Flitting between Windsor Davies’s comedic accent form “It Ain’t Alf hot Mum” to Scottish & Indian. Absolute tripe & verging on racist.

Enjoyed the book though.