The killing state by Judith O’Reilly is a fast-paced thriller packed with twists and turns in a race to survive a corrupt, political world where murder is the answer to everything. The killing state is addictive, fast-paced and hard to put down.
WHAT IF THE PERSON YOU’RE ORDERED TO KILL IS THE WOMAN YOU WANT TO PROTECT?
Michael North, assassin and spy-for-hire, is very good at killing bad guys. But what happens when his shadowy bosses at the dark heart of the post-Brexit British government, order him to kill an innocent woman and North can’t bring himself to do it?
The woman is a rising political star, Honor Jones, MP. She has started asking dangerous questions about the powerful men running her country. The trouble is, Honour doesn’t know when to stop. And, now that he’s met her, neither does North…
Year Of Publication: 07/03/2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
My rating: 5 stars
Thanks to the publisher and #LoveBooksGroupTours for a copy of this novel. My views are my own.
The killing state… A gripping thriller that you’ll struggle to put down!
I was hooked from the first line: “This morning for Honour Jones MP was unremarkable, except in one respect. She was going to die.” As opening lines go, this is a great one and the best part is that it promised without disappointing!
North is trained in the art of killing and his paycheck is secured by The Board, a national UK organisation dealing [which means killing] national security threats. North is ex-military, but a bullet stuck into his brain means that his death can be imminent and his services in the force were no longer needed. Honour Jones MP is a high-security threat and North gets the order to eliminate her, but when he starts doubting and asking questions, he finds that “no” is not an answer The Board is willing to accept. Against all odds, North and Honour have to find answers before it’s too later before it is all lost, when everything and everyone is against them.
North and Honour are worlds apart but may have in common more than just an enemy and I loved how their character development and I felt drawn into their lives, caring about what happened to them and this goes hand in hand with the beautiful quality of the writing and the structure of the plot. The scenes are well structured and arranged in such a way that it makes the reader ever more curious, propelling every turn of the page without much (apparent) effort. I was invested from start to finish.
I truly liked Honour as a character, she was strong and defying, but not against her better judgement, not against the promise of death; Honour Jones was scared for her life. North is not a good guy and he knows and we all know it, but I still loved him. Even as an assassin, he has principles and the more we get to know him and his past, the more emotionally attached I got to him. He was also extremely hilarious, made me laugh on plenty of occasions with his sarcasm and wit. He is by no means perfect as his job and I thought his flaws were refreshing.
The killing state by Judith O’Reilly takes you prisoner in this corrupt world and does not let you go until you reach the end.
Judith O’Reilly is the author of Wife in the North, a top-three Sunday Times bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Judith is a former political producer with BBC 2’s Newsnight and ITN’s Channel 4 News, and, when she isn’t writing novels, she writes for The Sunday Times. Judith lives in Durham.
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