Title: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Series: Cormoran Strike
Previous Book Review:
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling
Date Started: March 4
Date Finished: March 10
Format: Hardcover from my local library
It’s been eight months since Cormoran Strike solved the Lula Landry case. The down on his luck private detective is no longer down on his luck. Because he solved the Lula Landry case his name has been in all the papers and a lot more people have come to see him about private detective work. He is now booked solid. But that doesn’t stop him from taking on a case that he really shouldn’t be taking on. A woman named Lenora comes to see him about the disappearance of her husband. He’s an author, who has done this before and the last time he did she called the police. He wasn’t too happy and that’s why she decided this time around to bring in a PI. She believes that he’s at a writer’s retreat and leaves Strike with that information.
But he’s not. In fact, he was never invited to that retreat. Circumstances get weirder as Strike tries to find the missing author. But when he finally does find him, he isn’t alive. In fact, he’s been disemboweled, body destroyed by acid and tied up. It’s a gruesome scene, one that seems to be right out of the pages of his unpublished book that has caused quite a bit of ruckus. Where those he defamed are now suspects in his murder. Now Lenora has kept Strike on to find the murderer even though she is the prime suspect.
I don’t like mysteries, usually. But this one had my attention from the beginning. Unlike The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm definitely puts a more interesting flare into the investigation. Strike is more personable, there is more interactions with Robin – his secretary – which I desperately wanted in the last book, and you also get to see Strike’s relationship with one of his half-brothers. The reveal of who the killer was kind of caught me off guard. I didn’t really put the clues together until Strike laid them out at the end. But I think that’s why I like these books over other mysteries, because the endings aren’t predictable at all.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. J.K Rowling is as always very masterful with how she sets the scene to make it feel like you’re actually there. Still had the problem of dragging in some parts, but much better than The Cuckoo’s Calling.
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