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An attractive assassin
on 8 October 2017
This book lacks a coherence, due in part to the origins of the four chapters that were released previously as individual novella.
The start of the book works well but although there is a chronological progression the second half of the book fails to take the story forward.
Villanelle is a product of broken childhood in Russia, often placed in care as her lone parent, her father led a violent life.
When he is killed by a crime syndicate his daughter taking on board all the weapon skills he taught and imbued her with strikes to revenge his murder.
She is found languishing in the prison system and like hollywood's Nikita is turned into a killing machine. Trained in every aspect of the assassin's art she becomes a go to contract killer.
I liked her ingenuity, her coldness and disconnect. She is a controlled sociopath and for the moment her handler is Konstantin who recruited her. He works for a mysterious group of 12 who meet regularly and vote to confirm their decision to put out a contract. Their status isn't clear but they seem to represent a group interest of western business values.
That they seem to arrange the murder of extreme criminal warlords or political extremists you would think that no-one would lament their passing.
However when a MI5 operative, Eve, responsible for high end celebrity's security, loses a Russian politition on her watch she learns to hate the mysterious assassin. That Eve is to be Villanelle's nemesis is a little difficult to factor into this story but their final showdown lies ahead of us.
A fast paced thriller with an engaging protagonist that is a good read to escape into for a few hours.