- Originally posted on May 15, 2019
The second, and to date, last, part of the Killing Eve series is less episodic and more dramatic than ‘Codename Villanelle’. Having seen various reviewers complain of part 1’s almost detached parts, I must note that they haven’t done their research, for if they had, they would realise that they were four seperate novellas. But anyway.
The eight stories in ‘No Tomorrow’ feel more like chapters, even if to start with, they appear to be a continuation of the novellas. The plot develops, quickly but not rushed. And it really is more of the same. Extremely glamorous, with a touch of the absurd. Careening towards a dramatic final twist which sets up a third novel. And a trilogy truly would be the perfect length for this story.
Villanelle does not have many people she is close to, but Lara Farmayants is one of them. As to how she escapes book 2… or does she? is yet to be known. And I won’t spoil a thing. Apart from the fact that there is a very twisted Stalinist prison cell, which has complicated reasons for existence… The mad and outrageous situations continue.
What I find intriguing is the abandonment of traditional methods in the writing. The plot twists keep coming quick and fast, and we are 464 pages into the Killing Eve saga. Too long for one book of Killing Eve, but too short for two (of traditional length). It also reads more like episodes of a TV show, which is refreshing and emblematic of just how different it is.
Speaking of TV, this follows a different plot line to the show, so it is a different storyline to what you may expect. There are clear parallels to certain murders and situations, but it’s all very different. Jennings does have a role in the creation of ‘Killing Eve’, so the direction the show goes could be intriguing. Book 3 will certainly be new territory.
Also watch out for a character named Anton. His savage one-liners add to what makes this writing so electric. At one point, he chastises Villanelle for her “Hello magazine approach to assassination”, before listing various chaotic methods she has used to catch her prey and reminding her that she “isn’t living in a TV show”. It’s moments like this which show exactly why she is.
- Books: The Works website and shop sells both for reasonable prices, ‘No Tomorrow’ can be purchased for as little as £6 there. Amazon also has deals on the books.
- TV show: ‘Killing Eve’ season 1 can be seen on BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime etc. In many regions, season 2 is currently airing, although (frustratingly) UK viewers will have to wait until after the season ends to be able to view the show legally: expect this after 26th May.