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Kill a Spy

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Kill a Spy, third in the series of House of Killers is non stop action.

The bodies pile up, the murders are gruesome.

Michael and Neva are estranged but neither can forget the other.

Just who can you trust? 

Some will find out the hard way.

I loved the series but I will say this my favourite of the 3 and I could not put it down.  

No spoilers here but don't miss out on this series.  

Samantha Lee Howe, you have outdone yourself with the third book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK , One More Chapter for  a twisted and  hold your breath read.
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Book 3 in the fab ‘House of Killers’ trilogy and first off I would say 100% you need to read Book 1 and Book 2 before this one, there is back story but, for me, the book/experience will not be the same if you haven’t
We meet all the characters again and catch up on where they are and what done and at times I had to stop and remind myself who was who and who had done what and why they were doing what they were doing, it is an intricate story with lots of layers and lots going on with the occasional spying on spies who are spying! 
This book was the rawest and most violent of all 3 but the story telling continued in the same easy to read vein
It has been a brilliant trilogy, I would suggest a binge read of all 3 tbh to keep the story, characters and momentum going once started 

4 Stars ( as a trilogy overall it’s a 5/5 )
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The third novel in the trilogy about Neva, a female killer assassin and Michael Kensington an operative of MI5. In this novel, Michael is trying to forget about Neva after he thought she'd betrayed him, but a series of murders where the bodies resemble Neva, they are bought together once again working against the Network. A highly paced and violent book with kick ass Neva. If you liked Killing Eve, then this is right up your street.
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Kill a Spy by Samantha Lee Howe
Publication Date: July 23, 2021
Description from NetGalley…
“The house of killers always had one objective: to train a class of warriors that would elevate the Network from the national to the international – the amateur to the elite. It was the perfect poison… Radicalisation by virtue of not knowing any different.
They never expected their most notorious child to claw his way back to the beating heart of MI5. Consumed by hurt and rage, Michael Kensington has his own objective: Neva.

But as the body count rises like a tide that will sweep them all into oblivion, Neva will stop at nothing to make him understand that everything is at stake. Because there’s only one way to push back against the tide… Together.”
Thank you to @netgalley @harpercollinsuk @onemorechapterhc for the digital ARC in return for my honest review.
My thoughts…
Satisfying. This was a thoroughly satisfying ending to the spy thriller, The House of Killers, trilogy. It kept with the plot similar to Jason Bourne and Killing Eve, with a kick-ass woman-assassin. It had everything I enjoy in an espionage thriller: double agents/counterspies, moles, and deadly assassins. I didn’t even mind the romance because this third installment was just as bloody, deadly, fast-paced and if not, more violent than the first two. Entertaining!
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The trilogy ends with everything resolved, lovers reunited, and misunderstandings overcome. A Serial killer foiled; a mole killed. and the future of a criminal organisation placed in danger of demise.  How all this comes about makes a tense story that ends with hope for the future.
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I read and enjoyed the last one of these books, but to be honest I found this one to be very predictable and a little bit too violent for comfort.
I will not be reading any more.
I do feel that the writing is good and the idea was a new one for me, but I cannot take too  much assassination.
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This is not an easy book to read. It has a theme which is hard to believe in and many characters who are hard to understand. Clearly it has its fans. I am not one of them.
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i received an advance copy from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kill a spy is the third part of the trilogy. which follows Neva, a female assassin, a ruthless cold assassin, with no past, who goes rogue against her own organisation who trained her to kill anybody, no questions asked. The other main character is Michael, a loner with his own issues, who works for Archive a highly secretive part of MI5. Can’t expand on either of them too much without spoiling book one and two.

Each chapter is once again told by a different character, this works well in moving the story along at quite a pace. Each chapter helps to both answer some of the questions raised, but at the same time makes you want more information.

Since I first started this trilogy I have been gripped by its premise, non-stop action, underlying spying and counter spying. This book seamlessly fills in the background stories created earlier, which is great to see if you were right about certain people. I will say that the the death toll in this one seems to be higher and more graphic than the first 2 books.

I strongly recommend reading all 3, preferably in one binge read, as lack of a recap between books has been the one downside. Although it may have detracted from the pace. This has been the best spy series ever, if I have a complaint, it is that although almost all the loose ends wer tied up, I am left wanting more. I will miss these characters. A really big thank you to Samantha Lee Howe, I shall be looking forward to reading more of her stories.
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Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. This book was absolutely brilliant and worth waiting for. The storyline is absolutely fantastic and the characters come to life while reading. I would love more of this story. I don’t think it ends there. Well I hope there is more to this story. Brilliant writing. I love Michael & Neva. A bit twisty but suspenseful.
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This is the third and last book in the series and although I could not remember all the details of the first two in the series I could remember the premise and the horror that had me reeling.  Unfortunately I cannot say the same about this book.  This may be due to the fact that I could not remember all the details and the back stories of the various characters.  Whatever the reason, this episode left me cold; I was not enthralled by the love story and I was not convinced about the action.

My only recommendation about this book is to make sure you are familiar with the action that took place earlier in this trilogy.

Thank you to the author, publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.
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This series gripped me from the start, and I was eagerly anticipating book three. I devoured it when it arrived - and it did not disappoint. A web of lies, deceit, where no one, and nothing can be trusted, all controlled by a Network creating world class killers controlled to do their every bidding. 

All Michael wants is his life back, his job at the MI5 to return to normal, his sister to be able to leave protective custody, and just some sense of normality. He wants nothing to do with the Network. With his upbringing, his dark past, part of him knows this can never be. Plus, the Network wants him. When ex Network assassin Neva comes back into his life, all thoughts of making her pay for all his hurt and pain flee. Michael suddenly has another objective. Suddenly more is at stake than he could have ever fathomed. Michael has to make a final decision about what direction he is going to take.

I loved every moment of this book, it kept the same pace as the previous ones in the series, jumping you from action, to intrigue, and never a moment to breathe. I don’t often use the word unputdownable. But I will make an exception in this case. I did not want to stop until I finished this one. Then I still wanted more. One of the best spy series I have ever read, my only complaint - don’t leave us hanging with that ending!!

*I received this book from NetGalley for review but all opinions are my own.
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Neva and Michael are back in another explosive read. I've loved the last 2 books and this one is definitely the best. I don't want to say too much because of spoilers for the first two books but this knocked my socks off. Brilliantly written, well thought out. I've loved it from book one to the end.
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Another action packed book in the House of Killers series, Michael is trying to forget Neva but it's hard when a series of murders reveal the victims look like her. Annalise wants to complete her empire but will she be able to.
I was shocked at the ending but I then thought it's really the only way forward
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Kill a Spy completes the House of Killers trilogy, about a beautiful female assassin who has broken away from the nefarious organisation that trained her from childhood, and the MI5 agent tasked with catching her. You definitely need to read these books in order, and close together, as there is minimal recap and all the seeds planted in the first book come to fruition here. I was ambivalent about reading this, as the present tense narration drove me to distraction (literally) in the last book, but I did want to know the end of the story before I forgot too much of it, so a timely invitation from the publisher to download an ARC was the nudge I needed. NB this review may contain spoilers for the previous books and mild spoilers for this one.

Michael has fully returned to the Archive after what he perceives is Neva’s betrayal. He is tasked with investigating a series of increasingly gruesome murders, and notices that the victims all have the same strawberry blonde hair as Neva. Annalise has now taken over the Network, and plans to further increase her power with a new generation of future assassins. Beth and Mia are both trying to recover from their recent kidnappings, and Neva is lying low while she plots to take down her mother, and the Network, once and for all. There’s murder, betrayal, and revelations of the past as the consequences of turning tiny children into ruthless killers play out - can Michael and Neva ever overcome their conditioning and be together?

A lot of people really enjoyed the first two parts of this trilogy, and I want to make it clear that my 3 star rating is more about my preferences and prejudices. This one manages to include all the tropes I’m utterly sick of - and thought that I would avoid by reading a spy series rather than another psychological thriller - amnesia, missing children, twins, duplicitous partners, and yes, a serial killer! (It’s like authors can’t help themselves these days, they have to insert them into every story.) Describing the murders of that many innocents in such gratuitous detail felt unnecessary. I did however like the flashback scenes which go some way to explaining the characters’ motivations, and some events from the previous books. They have repeatedly been described as like Killing Eve, but unfortunately they lack the black humour that made the TV show so brilliant.

Then there’s the sheer unbelievability of the plot, however well constructed, much of it hinging on the idea that human minds, memories & personalities can be switched on and off  through simple phrases - such nonsense - cue endless eye-rolling from me. Also that highly trained spies would fail to notice behaviours, coincidences and resemblances right under their noses - the twists - unexpected in the first book, were so contrived that I saw them all coming - except for the somewhat disappointing ending. I had hoped for more of an explanation of what the actual point of the Network was, when it seems it was just about creating more assassins, with no real political or business goals. Minor characters like Ray, Beth and Mia are left in rather unsatisfying limbo, and the baddies are dispatched a bit too easily. 

I’m rounding this up from 2.5 because I did like the first book and am glad it is just a trilogy, so I can leave it there. I suspect many readers would enjoy this more than I did, so if you liked the first two, don’t let me put you off reading it.
I received a free ARC through NetGalley and am posting this review voluntarily.
Kill a Spy is published on July 23rd.
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Secret Agent Man!

And women.

And children.

If you like spying, double agents, moles, and espionage, this final book as a three part series may be for you. I loved wondering if I was viewing all the pieces correctly and how they fit together.  

Dead bodies (as you would expect in a hit-woman’s story) abound with the killings being a bit more graphic than in the first two books.

The third leg of the triangle involving a romance between the main characters was the only aspect I wasn’t totally on board with. It may be just me, but too much sentiment in a book about assassins reads as incongruous and detracts from the sharpness.

I delight in saboteur and counterspy plots and I happily discovered the underlying stories behind hit-woman Neva and government agent Micheal’s upbringings.  The conclusions were satisfying, but I’ll miss reading about them.

I would suggest reading the three books in quick succession because of multiple double personas and associations. With a time lapse between books, the links may be forgotten.

Thank you to Samantha Lee Howe, Harper Collins UK, and NetGalley for my electronic copy.
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After escaping Michael and MI5 after being accused of a terrible atrocity, Neva is in hiding trying to understand how she has no memory of the incident. Meanwhile, Michael is investigating a series of grisly murders where the victims all resemble Neva. The finally reunite to discover what their roles are destined to be in the final chapter of this trilogy. A great read and fitting end to their stories.
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