Top positive review
22 September 2018
At last, JK Rowling, writing under the name Robert Galbraith gives us a new Cormoran Strike novel. Although a standalone novel as such, if you have read the other books in the series you will have a better understanding with regards to the main characters, Cormoran and Robin.
This opens with the wedding reception of Robin and Matthew’s wedding and thus we can follow their relationship, and then we are swept into 2012 as the preparations are nearing completion for the London Olympics. As we can see, the relationship between Cormoran and Robin has altered somewhat, and this thus properly gets under way with a person with mental illness presenting himself at the office asking for Strike’s help. As a child he claimed he witnessed a murder and wants to know for definite if he really did, or whether it is part of his illness. Suddenly departing from the office Strike is then sought for help by a government minister who is being blackmailed.
Admittedly this book could have been a bit shorter, if the parts of Robin and Matthew and Cormoran Strike’s relationships were excluded, but at the end of the day, lots of people want to know if they will ever be a couple. The actual mystery itself is complex and more than enough to engage your brain, with red herrings, manipulation, greed and death on the cards. Well plotted, the parts that are not really of the actual investigation slip in neatly between the inquiries carried out, and there is more than enough realism here with how long it can take to gather evidence, the amount of legwork and so on that goes on, not only with private investigations, but also with the police, as evidence has to be sifted and alibis checked out.
In all then this is another strong book in this series, with lots to keep you interested, and also despite its size is a relatively quick read that will more than satisfy fans. One thing I really liked here is how we see the capture of the killer in the last novel impacts on this, with the agency getting more clients, but also at the same time, with the interest in the press, so Strike has to be extra careful as he has become a much more recognised person. Also I liked the way that mental illness and PTSD were dealt with, as I suffer with depression and PTSD, in a sympathetic way by Robin and Cormoran.