Today’s review is on The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.
Question, with the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder what’s better then spending your days with a tea, a warm blanket, and a good book? Answer, that good book being of a mysterious nature.
With October in full force I’ve been finding my reading tastes reflecting the season around me. While I was trying to pick which books to take off of my to-be-read pile one that I kept gravitating towards was Robert Galbraith’s second outing in the Comoran Strike’ series, The Silkworm.
While I only gave the first novel in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, a three out of five stars, I was intrigued enough to carry on with Strike, Robin, and the colourful cast of secondary characters.
Did my interest in the ‘Comoran Strike’ series pay off? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband 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 realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
Harry Potter this is not.
For those unfamiliar, Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym J.K. Rowling conjured up in order to publish the ‘Comoran Strike’ series without comparison to the boy wizard we all know in love.
While reading Galbraith’s first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, one could clearly tell that it was written by an author dipping their toes into a new and unknown genre. In its sequel, The Silkworm, I could tell that Galbraith’s hesitancy has been thrown out the window, which shows in the novel’s plot. When the synopsis says, ‘when quine is found brutally murdered,’ its being cordial to say the least. While I wont spoil the grizzly manner in which Quine finds himself in, lets just say that it isn’t for the faint of heart.
Once again, Rowling shows why her characters are so memorable. Both Strike and Robin grew into well fleshed out characters, with Strike exploring his disability and what it means for his work, and Robin exploring who she wants to be both in her job and in her personal life. It may be a trashy opinion, but I so hope Robin drops her deadbeat fiance and punches a ticket on the ‘Strike Express.’ Likewise to the main duo, each of the secondary characters in this novel seemed realistic. Each had pros and cons within the narrative, and while I’m sure none will appear in further publications, I wouldn’t be apposed to a continuation of any of them.
My only complain with Galbraith’s sequel is its ending. Galbraith has a way with drawing out the investigation, making it an almost plausible look into the life of a detective. And yet, with both The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling they suffer from the author trying ferociously to tie together all the different plot points. I felt that with a murderer as sinister as the one in The Silkworm probably wouldn’t have let Strike and Robin catch them as easily as they did.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.