Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Title: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Cormoran Strike #2
Publication: June 19th 2014 by Sphere

Genre: Adult ~ Mystery ~ Crime
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Rating: 5/5

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before...

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

Just like The Cuckoo's Calling I completely enjoyed The Silkworm. This time I went into it with high expectations and I'm glad to say they were all met perfectly. Mystery and detective books are one genre I almost never read but these books are seriously good.

The Silkworm is very different from the first book. A novelist, Owen Quine goes missing and his wife hires Cormoran Strike to find him, who apparently wrote a book that puts a lot of people in a bad light. The case changes to a murder investigation when Quine turns up dead in a gruesome way. 

One thing I love about this book is how the mystery surrounding Quine's death and his book. I also like how Cormoran slowly but surely fits all the pieces together and solves the case in the end. I, for one, couldn't guess who the killer was until he actually revealed it. It was driving me nuts.

As for the characters, I absolutely love Cormoran Strike. He's a brilliant detective and one of my favorite characters ever. I also love Robin. I like how genuinely nice she is and how Coromoran really needs her for the job they're doing. I like their dynamic together. 

The writing in this book (as well as The Cuckoo's Calling) was excellent. It has a good pace and I could never get tired of reading it. And I must admit, as much as I love the Harry Potters books, I actually like this series better. (don't kill me, Potterheads!). I can't wait for the third book to come out!

 About the Author:

Pen name used by J K Rowling, the British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series and The Casual Vacancy.

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