Killing State by Judith O’Reilly (Review)

Hey guys. Today I am bringing you a review of Killing State by Judith O’Reilly, published by Head of Zeus. Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book for free for the tour. Killing State is out now in Hardback and Kindle editions. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited. A paperback edition will be released 11th July 2019.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

North is an assassin, with a bullet lodged in his brain. Unsure if everything is reality, he carries out jobs for the British government, eliminating people at their request – until, one day, he is ordered to “dispose of” Honour, and make it look like a random sexual attack. This brings internal conflict for North.

I really like North as a character. Yes, he’s a murderer, I’m not condoning murder here of course, but he also has firm beliefs, morals and develops a conscience and I find it really interesting how he chose to go against his instructions, knowing it would put him at risk. I found I was cheering for him and respected that. Of course, he isn’t the only character. The cast of characters features quite a few strong and stubborn women… and a teenager!

The book is pretty fast paced, with the events occurring over a relatively short period of time, though I found the level of action to feel a little tiresome, especially later in the book, it felt things were longer than they needed to be, but despite that, I definitely want more North! I want to see how his new crusade turns out.

Some things didn’t seem plausible, but this is fiction, these things are plausible for the world O’Reilly created, but it can be hard to remember that sometimes when there are nuances that ring true to Britain right now. I found I needed to remind myself of that fact as I got sucked in to the book and started to get sucked right in.

I feel like this book could be hit or miss for some people, but I personally enjoyed it, and if you like conspiracy theories, violence, and political themes, you may want to pick this one up!

About The Book


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…

About The Author

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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