Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings -Book Review



#netgalley #codename illanelleVillanelle is a sociopath, who feels nothing but the thrill of killing. She is an assassin employed by an unknown organisation. She is ruthless, strong and very good at her job.

Eve Polastri, is recruited to work for a secret group within the British Government, she has the determination to catch the assassin using any means possible with her small team.

Luke Jennings has created a stylish, glamorous and completely deadly character in Villanelle and while she is quite evil, it’s hard to dislike her. 

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.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review


Seventeen by Hideo Yokohama – Book Review



Seventeen by Hideo Yokohama is a story of a journalist, Yuuki, who is part of the North Kanto Times, newspaper. There is an awful plane crash and a lot of people lost their lives. This plane crash is true, it really did happen in Japan in August 1985.

Yuuki, is not a very likeable character, who has beaten his wife and young son Jun, due to his anger and inability to speak to Jun or feel any love from him. 

Yuuki has a friend, Anzai and they are planning on climbing a tough mountain, but Yuuki is scared and is glad when the plane crash put a stop to the trip, as he has to work. 

There is a lot of details about mountain climbing and how a newspaper is run, with the politics and ego’s alongside the Japanese culture. A lot of this is really engrossing, but I did find myself a bit lost by some of it and admit to skipping a few pages. 

“You have to Climb up to step down” is the theme to this, what did Anzai mean and will Yuuki finally understand and come to terms with his fear and personal demons.

Overall this is well written but a little overlong and wordy in places