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- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jun. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00II32I1K
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I don't profess to have the literary knowledge to understand the relevance or meanings behind the quotes at the beginning of each chapter but they had no bearing on my enjoyment of the book. I dare say they held important clues. But I was clueless.
The principal characters have developed since the first book. Understandably. They are more rounded; human even. Robin is the perfect foil for the limped gait crusader. She has become as important as the main protagonist. Hard to imagine one without the other now.
The plot here isn't complex but the main event - the murder - is certainly not run of the mill. The author uses all her experience of literary circles - agents, writers, publishers - to weave her tale and few come up smelling of roses. I dare say some may recognise themselves in the book. The irony in that is crystal clear and you can see that parallel as the story develops.
Fast paced and full of oddball characters, all of whom are suspects till the finale, this is a glorious trip round a strangely wintry London as Strike attempts to track down a murderer whose motive in the end is not as it appears throughout.
A first class detective story once again reminiscent of Chandler and Hammett at their best. Wit and grime come thick and fast in equal measure. Roll on the third Vet-man and Robin adventure. By far and away my favourite writer at the moment. Just terrific.
Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.
I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.
A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down. Even better than the first one. Now I can't wait for the next. She's an incredibly talented writer!Published 7 hours ago by Lucrezia
I first read the cuckoos calling and loved it all the same as this book by Gailbraith/Rowling, I have the utmost praise for this series and am looking forward to reading Career of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Very enjoyable read. Strike and Robin make a good team. The plot although extreme, was plausible with no giveaways to the culprit until the end. Looking forward to the third book.Published 6 days ago by john spinks
After reading and thoroughly enjoying the first book, Cuckoo's Calling, I decided to continue with Galbraith AKA JK Rowling's second novel in the series. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Lillian