Review - The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith

Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Picking up the 2nd Cormoran Strike novel, THE SILKWORM, in preparation for reviewing of the 3rd for Reviewing the Evidence, I was reminded how much I really enjoyed the first book. Way before I had any idea of Robert Galbraith’s true identity.

The major appeal of the series, for this reader, is the building working relationship between the two main characters - Cormoran Strike and his assistant / apprentice Robin Ellacott. It’s also the struggle that Strike has on a daily basis with his disability and the restrictions that it places on somebody who once was a fit, active and obviously physically capable man.

Set these two in a nicely complex plot which has a hefty dig at the publishing industry as well, and this was a great read. Enjoyable, engaging and as good as the first in the series, albeit showing a worrying tendency towards length over content.

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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...

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