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The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike Book 2 (Cormoran Strike 2) Paperback – 29 Jan 2015
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An unputdownable tale of malice and murder in a toxic literary world . . . this almost preposterously compulsive page-turner is irresistible summer reading (Sunday Times)
Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read (The Times)
A damn good read ... It's a book to gulp down (Telegraph)
Huge credit is due to Galbraith in portraying [Strike] so vividly . . . Galbraith has pulled off a thoroughly enjoyable classic and I'm already looking forward to Strike's next outing (Peter James, Sunday Express)
A superb and polished thriller . . . an ingenious whodunit (Sunday Mirror)
Pacy, unputdownable . . . I can't wait for the next one (Daily Express)
An enticingly macabre whodunit ... taut and believable (Metro)
You are absolutely carried along ... Well written, exciting (Front Row, BBC Radio 4)
A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warm-hearted but cool-headed ... populated with dozens of memorable characters (USA Today)
Enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork (Time Magazine)
The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.See all Product description
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Once again the story focuses on Cormoran Strike as he investigates a murder. This time Owen Quine author has been murdered in the same way one of his characters was murdered in his new manuscript. We then follow Strike as he investigates the murder, Quine it doesn't seem is short of enemies and there appears to be hidden clues in the manuscript.
I found the book odd. Dislike is too strong of a word for how I feel about this book. But there were many things about this book that I didn't like; the snide almost nasty way I felt the author described the press and the "famous" people in the first book are here too with the added bonus of there appearing to be a complete dislike of the literary world. The snippets of the manuscript that we got to read through Robin reading it, were very strange, they were very wacky and confusing and I didn't feel added anything to the plot at all.
I do thing the author has done a good job with the characterisation of Strike and he is intriguing, but he seems to be the only character who has any real depth to them. The story is also well paced, but is quite predictable in places.
Of course I might be one of the few that are not overly fond of these books, but they just didn't gel with me. I don't think I will be reading any more in the series, there was more about this book that disliked than I liked and to me, that usually means it’s time to stop reading in a series. So I won't continue reading.
This is a well written and researched crime thriller, which although not as thrilling as the first one, still was interesting in the themes it included of publishing and writers, but what reading this second book reinforced to me was that I personally don't find Cormoran Strike an alluring literary character, for some reason I am immune to his charm and not even the hidden depths of his assistant Robin and her tumultuous relationship with her fiance could keep my interest up. I can't fault the plot, although it somewhat dawdles sometimes, or the writing and this is far from the worst crime thriller book I have read this year but I am just not taken with Cormoran Strike.
However, if you enjoyed reading Cormoran Strike in the first one, this one will prove just as entertaining.
The book starts when a widow visits Strike and Robin in his office asking for help regarding her missing husband. When Strike investigates his death he soon unravels some of the inner workings and deeply contrived attitudes present in the publishing world, a world where getting published at all is like striking gold and reputation is everything. When Strike discovers that the missing man has actually been gruesomely murdered, things get even more twisted from there.
This book exemplifies Rowling's signature extraordinary storytelling talents- she hasn't lost her flare. Cormoran and Robin are likeable, well structured and holistic characters. We learn a bit more about Strike himself and see his professional relationship with Robin grow - the two make an unlikely pair and you can't help admire each one's respective talents.
However, out of the 3 Strike novels in existence, I felt the ending and subsequent explanation of the mystery of The Silkworm to be very rushed and left many questions to be answered - in fact, the explanation of Strike's mystery-solving took up exactly a page and a half - and that too, of the last few pages of the book! The rationale behind Strike's investigative findings felt hastily hodge-podge at best, but of course by this point in the book you just want to know "whodunnit", -thanks again to Rowling's talents as a master storyteller. Still, a book worth picking up and an essential read if you want to follow this up with Career of Evil (not that the 2 are related, but solely for the relationship developments between Robin and Strike).