Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Five Stars


RELEASE DATE:  20 September 2022

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin





Virginia, 1943: World War II is raging in Europe and on the Pacific front when Kit Sutherland is recruited to help the war effort as a codebreaker at Arlington Hall, a former girls’ college now serving as the site of a secret US Signals Intelligence facility in Virginia. But Kit is soon involved in another kind of fight: Government girls are being brutally murdered in Washington DC, and when Kit stumbles onto a bloody homicide scene, she is drawn into the hunt for the killer.

To find the man responsible for the gruesome murders and bring him to justice, Kit joins forces with other female codebreakers at Arlington Hall—gossip queen Dottie Crockford, sharp-tongued intelligence maven Moya Kershaw, and cleverly resourceful Violet DuLac from the segregated codebreaking unit. But as the girls begin to work together and develop friendships—and romance—that they never expected, two things begin to come clear: the murderer they’re hunting is closing in on them…and Kit is hiding a dangerous secret.





Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

WW2 is in full swing while a group of women codebreakers are desperately trying to unravel codes to help their soldiers overseas. But that’s not the only puzzle they’re trying to crack. Someone has been attacking and murdering government girls and although the police aren’t yet looking at a serial killer, Kit, Dottie, Miya and Violet know they should be. As they put together a profile of the killer and gather clues, they get nearer to the killer, and closer to having their own secrets revealed.

I usually completely avoid books about war, because they’re so uninteresting to me, but wow, I’m so glad I didn’t do that this time! I loved this gutsy girl friendship group and getting to see the 1940’s world, and the challenges it produced, through their eyes. 

The code breaking (and codes in the back of the book) went way over my head 😄 but that didn’t detract enjoyment from the book – it simply made me think the girls were incredibly smart. The twists kept me on the edge of my seat with this one and there’s a super sweet romance involved too!

If you enjoy historical thrillers and mysteries, make sure The Killing Code is on your radar!





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