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Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle
Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings
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.
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Caroline2
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Thank you so much @kaysworld1 for sending me this book! It was such a nice present to come home to today and I can‘t wait to read it!! 😃 #jbuk

veritysalter I just bought this, I listened to the Parcast podcast “Villains”, I wanted to find out more about the characters than the TV series had time to allow. Happy reading 📖 xx 3mo
Lucy_Anywhere I need to watch this TV series - I've heard so many good things about it! 3mo
kaysworld1 😊 I'm glad you like it. 3mo
Caroline2 @veritysalter I loved the TV series so I‘m looking forward to finding out more too. 😀 3mo
Caroline2 @Lucy_Anywhere it‘s is sooo good. With great female characters and a very funny script. I loved it. 😉 3mo
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eram10
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Panpan

One of the rare occasions where I can say that the TV show is better than the book.

The thing that I liked about the book was Villanelle's backstory, about how she was picked by the twelve and trained for her role as a fierce assassin.

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MidnightBookGirl
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So much fun! This is the novella that the show is based on, so there are some differences, but just like Eve, I'm beyond intrigued with Villanelle. Their cat and mouse relationship isn't featured much in this story, but I'm hopeful that the second one will.
#24b4Monday #Readathon #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

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MidnightBookGirl
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First up for #24b4Monday! There are some differences between the show, but it's still bloody good fun! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

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Ms_T
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A really good cat-and-mouse thriller. If you‘ve watched the TV series, the book is just different enough to keep the reader/listener guessing. There‘s lots of blood, lots of dark humour and a little bit of sexy time. You‘ll want to dive into book 2 straight away ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Freespirit I really enjoyed the series 5mo
Ms_T @Freespirit I believe the TV version of book three is in the making. 5mo
Freespirit Oh good😍 5mo
Birdsong28 It also helped that it was only £1.99 as well lol 😂😂😂😂📚📖 5mo
Ms_T @Birdsong28 That was an added benefit! 😂 5mo
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Ms_T
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Ooh! Today‘s daily deal from #Audible !

#Purchased

Are you tempted, @Birdsong28 ?

Birdsong28 I might be @Ms_T ! Thanks for the tag 😘📚📖 5mo
Ms_T @Birdsong28 You‘re welcome 😘 5mo
Peterfox123 👍 Hope you enjoy. I think Villanelle, Rhiannon from “Sweet Pea” and me would be great friends. 5mo
Ms_T @Peterfox123 I‘m a bit concerned at how much you seem to like serial killers.... 5mo
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Peterfox123
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Having been addicted to and delighted by the two TV adaptations of this trilogy, heading for the original books was too tempting. Another dose of Villanelle, see? This book has a number of “Ah, I see how they used that on TV moments!” But overall it‘s different enough to hit the spot. I never fully bought into Eve‘s obsession with the assassin on TV but her character is more rounded, plausible here. I won‘t oversell this book but it worked for me.

Caroline2 I loved the series too and I‘ve been intrigued by the books. Good to know it holds it own. Stacked! 👍🏻 7mo
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Peterfox123
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I have this proud beauty downloaded to my phone and will be devouring it with both of my favourite ears. If I ever met Villanelle I am sure we would be bezzie friends and that she would only rarely kill me in a gruesome fashion.

Cathythoughts Look forward to your review 👍🏻 7mo
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Just started it now. It‘ll be coursing through my earbuds for a while now! 7mo
Ms_T I toyed with the idea of ordering this after watching Killing Eve but haven‘t as yet. I‘ll look out for your review. 7mo
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kelseynicburke
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Babysitting and watching Killing Eve 😻 #catsoflitsy

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bridge12
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Mehso-so

This is one of those rare instances where the show surpasses the book. This book was just pretty alright but it didn‘t give the characters the depth or humor that they have in the show. Quick read and I didn‘t hate it, was just wanting more! #KillingEve 🔪

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Fantastic! Can‘t wait to read more.

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MicheleinPhilly
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I wasn‘t going to read this but it was on super sale and I know I‘m going to suffer withdrawal after the finale tonight. I appreciated learning about Villanelle‘s history but this is definitely one of those rare instances where the adaptation is better than the source material. It was entertaining and fun but it lacks the depth, richness, and humor of the series. 3🌟

Theaelizabet I just finished binging season 1. Holy moly, what a show! 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @Theaelizabet It is my absolute favorite show on tv right now. I‘m not ready to accept that I have to wait a whole year now! 😩 8mo
Suet624 I watched the first season with my mouth hanging open and then erupting into giggles. What a great show.
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MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 YES! It‘s odd but I think it is the funniest show on tv. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Long weekends are my jam.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Suet624 Aww, Pickles. 😍 😍 😍 8mo
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Bibliogeekery
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I have a terrible migraine so had to cancel a lot of my day. 🤕 I'm currently in bed watching Killing Eve. It's so good! #queerbooks

Leftcoastzen Sorry you are struggling with that , I love that show so much. 8mo
Megabooks Take care of yourself and enjoy the show! 8mo
Cinfhen Migraines are no fun😫Hope your meds kick in soon 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher Feel better! I hate migraines 😖 8mo
Dragon Love Killing Eve! In fact I think I‘ll watch last weeks episode on my iPad. Hope your migraine resolved soon, take care 💐 8mo
Caterina Migraines are the worst. Feel better soon and take good care of yourself. 💕 It's great that you can handle watching a show, that's a perfect distraction! 8mo
Ddzmini Know how that feels hope you feel better 🙌🏽 soon 😋📖🙏 8mo
RvnclawWhovian Ugh, I feel your pain! Relax and get some rest. I‘ve heard great things about this show, I‘ll have to check it out soon. Hope you feel better!! 8mo
DGRachel I hope you feel better soon! 8mo
Purrfectpages Migraines are the worst. Feel better soon! 8mo
DivineDiana Sending healing wishes. ❤️ 8mo
Theaelizabet I hope you‘re feeling better. I just binge-watched season 1. What a trip! Waiting for season 2 to drop on Hulu... 8mo
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Shemac77
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Love the show, giving the book a go.

Cathythoughts Don‘t know it. Look forward to your thoughts ♥️👍🏻 8mo
kathedron Enjoyed the show. Looking forward to hearing how the book is. 8mo
Chelsea.Poole I love this show! 8mo
GripLitGrl Love the show didn't know it was a book 8mo
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JHgotham
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A telling and accurate (in my own opinion) description of Eve. I have no basis for this..just feel it‘s right lol

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Twocougs
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Pickpick

Was curious after watching Killing Eve what the book was like (love the show). Enjoyed it very much. Hope he keeps writing them.

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JHgotham
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Well I guess at least the second season will be loooong over by the time I get this.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Love Killing Eve and I really enjoyed the book it's based on as well! The show is quirkier and has richer supporting characters; the book is focused very heavily on Villanelle and Eve (and moreso on the former) and Villanelle's backstory isn't a mystery. There are enough similarities that it's fun to see what inspired the plot lines on the show but enough differences that I wasn't bored or feeling like one was a lesser copy of the other.

Leftcoastzen I stacked love, love ,love the show. 9mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @Leftcoastzen excited to hear what you think if you read it! The show is so good, I was worried I was gonna hate it, but I think it's different enough that I can appreciate them both. 9mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Stoney joined me for #bookandbubbles tonight; he loves bath time! I'm obsessed with Killing Eve, so I'm checking out the book it's based on. Any other fans of the show? The book is a fun spy thriller so far, although the show seems to have taken the wit and quirkiness to another level.

Leftcoastzen I am crazy for Killing Eve.2 episodes behind though. 9mo
rretzler My husband and I are currently watching and enjoying. How is the book? I thought about picking it up 9mo
rretzler 😻 9mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @rretzler I'm enjoying it! Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought a different level of humor to the show (and more awesome female characters, I don't think Carolyn Martins is in the book). It's very heavily from Villanelle's perspective so she's not really mystery, and she's definitely a psychopath but everyone she's killed so far is super evil so that reminds me a bit of Dexter. 9mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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4-19-19: My 33rd finished book of 2019! #codenamevillanelle #lukejennings 📖#️⃣3️⃣3️⃣

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Sarahandhella
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Last time I had this book in front of my window the snow was all gone and it was open and in the 60s. I just want to start planting and turn off my heat. Is that too much for a girl to ask of mid-April weather. Finished the book today, pretty short. Prefer the show, the humor and quirkiness of the characters is not present in the novel. That said I am on to “No Tomorrow”.

Sarahandhella that last time was five days ago. 😢 9mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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ABOUT TO WATCH THE KILLING EVE SEASON 2 PREMIERE AND YOU COULD SAY I‘M A LITTLE EXCITED.

tournevis I learn this afternoon that not only is Oh just ten days younger than me, she grew up 10 minutes from where I live currently. 10mo
EKonrad It was so good! Killer first episode! 10mo
Leftcoastzen I love everything Oh does . She‘s such a talent! 10mo
xicanti YESSSSSSS 10mo
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Sarahandhella
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Absolutely gorgeous weather outside, but it is that awkward time of the year where it is 66 today. You want to get your patio set out, but then you are threatened with snow for some of the upcoming week. So I am stuck reading by an open window. Excited that season 2 is starting tonight, thought I would try the books since I enjoyed the show.

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AutumnRLS
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Picked this up last night before bed. Bad idea! Didn't want to put it down and go to sleep! 😁

AutumnRLS Also, I haven't watched the show yet. A lot of people are saying the show is actually better than the book, so I'm really glad I'm reading the book first. 10mo
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ludodominici
Mehso-so

Primo romanzo che non sapevo avesse un seguito. È un romanzo di apertura quindi si familiarizza con i personaggi e le ambientazioni. Carino. Ben scritto, ma lascia ovviamente dei buchi. Spero nel secondo volume.

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AutumnRLS
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Today's book mail!

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MicheleinPhilly
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Happy Monday to ME!

This is probably my most anticipated pop culture happening of 2019.

MY BODY IS READY! 😍😍😍😍

vivastory One of the rare exceptions where the adaptation is better than the source material. Sandrah Oh is perfect in this. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory My biggest dilemma will be whether to watch it week to week or binge it. Unfortunately I doubt I‘ll be able to remain unspoiled if I wait to binge AND I don‘t really want to wait 2 months to start watching. 11mo
Avidreader25 I need to watch this! I‘ve heard so many great things about it. 11mo
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laurenslibrary I need to start watching this! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Avidreader25 @laurenslibrary I love it so much. It‘s one of the most original and well acted series I‘ve ever seen. 11mo
Avidreader25 @MicheleinPhilly Watched the first three episodes last night and I‘m totally hooked! I‘ve always loved Sandra Oh and she‘s fantastic in this! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Avidreader25 YAY! Welcome to the club! 11mo
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SReed151
Mehso-so

Eh. A rare case of finding the TV show/movie better. The writing is well-paced & I really enjoy its sparseness. But the warmth & humor of the show were missed. Villanelle *only* has sex and kills people which got repetitive at first, and then wearying by the end. And the book doesn‘t have a conclusion, which I loathe.

taraWritesSci Nooo! I was afraid this would be the case with this book. But I'm glad the creator of the show found inspiration and made something SO good. 11mo
SReed151 @taraWritesSci the book is by no means terrible, but I agree with you - the show‘s creator did something much better! 11mo
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SReed151
Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings

So excited to read this one! Loved “Killing Eve.”

Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy!!🎉🎉 11mo
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AmCheri
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Very fun listen. Different from the show and just as enjoyable.

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Elsuttie
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Pickpick

I adored this even more than the tv series. So cleverly written, entertaining and fascinating. Dark humour at its best.

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vivastory
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😂😂 Killing Eve is that very rare exception where the adaptation is better than the book. Sandrah Oh is great as Eve Polastri. She really brings to life a character that is a bit one dimensional & cliche in the books. Jodie Comer is fantastic as the psychopathic assassin.

CarolynM I agree about the actors, and I thought Fiona Shaw was great as well, but I found I got a bit sick of it around episode 4. 12mo
EKonrad Can‘t wait for season 2! 😀 12mo
Ericalambbrown I loved this series! Binged it all over a single weekend and now have to wait. Acting is extraordinary in it! 12mo
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Freespirit I enjoyed this series also! 12mo
Leftcoastzen I keep meaning to check it out. 12mo
Suet624 Such a great show. 12mo
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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

I liked this- I got some backstory on Villanelle that put some of the series into context. I‘ll be looking for more! #killingeve

TK421 We just started this series, and I'm loving it! 13mo
Pamwurtzler @TK421 I thought it was great! 13mo
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whatrebeccasread
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Panpan

As inspiration for BBC show “Killing Eve”, this story features some strong female characters, but for me it didn‘t have much more going for it. I didn‘t find it particularly gripping or engaging and I don‘t think I‘ll be picking up the sequel. Dare I say it, the TV show was much better in my eyes!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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Lel2403
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This is 99p for kindle at the moment. I‘ve read it and thought it a brilliant spy thriller with strong female characters

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Lel2403
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Pickpick

This is a fast paced thriller, which reminded me of Robert Ludlum‘s books, with the espionage and world travel, but with strong female characters that are at times relatable, such as when Eve cuts herself shaving and has to attend a meeting with a stinging armpit.

Some great writing, with murders, blood, gore and some heart rending moments. I just couldn‘t put it down. Brilliant stuff and I‘m looking forward to the next one.

#netgalley

MicheleinPhilly The show is BRILLIANT! 1y
Lel2403 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m about half way through the show and loving it. Quite close to the book in parts too 💕 1y
taraWritesSci @Lel2403 Eee! I'm gonna grab the book now. I love the show and want so much more but I wasn't sure how the source material treated women. 1y
Victoria_Clyne I loved the series. I didn't realise it was a book too. So going to have a to read it now. 1y
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Lel2403
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“Her colleagues know Eve Polastri as a hunter, a woman who will not readily let go.”.......a bit of a thriller I. The vein of Ludlum, but less Cold War, great reading

Freespirit I enjoyed the TV series too 1y
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Lel2403
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“To date, his tally is two judges and four senior magistrates, all killed by car bombs, and an investigative journalist, who was gunned down last month outside her apartment. The journalist was pregnant at the time of her death. The child did not survive.‘”....just started this and pretty good start...

ShelleyBooksie This show was sooooo good! 1y
Lel2403 @ShelleyBooksie I‘ll have to watch it now, the book is very good so far too 1y
YasmiNova Didn't realise there was a book behind the show, will have to read it... 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#OctoberXFiles #EvilWoman

Oooooh! I just LOVE Killing Eve. Villanelle is one of the best villains EVA!!! (PS: didn‘t love this book so much, tho)

MicheleinPhilly OMG, I am OBSESSED with this show. 1y
Suet624 A fantastic show. 1y
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amma-keep-reading
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For those of you leaving under a rock, there is an addictively awesome television series based on this amazing awesome book series. This is one of the rare occasions where the TV show took liberties that make sense. I am excited the next installment both literary and cinematic.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Ordinarily, I prefer the book version to the film/television version of most any story. This is the rare exception. Killing Eve is so artfully made, I‘d recommend that you skip the book in favor of the Series.

MariettaSG Nice piece of advice, appreciated. 2y
BookHermit This seems to be the consensus. Loved the fist season. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#LibraryHaul

Picked up some goodies at the library!!!

tammysue Nice haul! 💜 2y
Christine Villanelle!! Love Killing Eve and have been wondering about the book... 2y
Well-ReadNeck @Christine I love Killing Eve. ‘Natch, that‘s why I picked up the book. I saw that they are ✅ for second season!!!! 2y
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Anton
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I can‘t speak to the book, but the pilot episode of Killing Eve was the best thing I‘ve watched in quite a while.

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