- Series: A Cormoran Strike Novel (Book 2)
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031620689X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316206891
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,671 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of "Thin Man" fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"'The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us."―Charles Finch, USA Today (3.5/4 stars)
"Robert Galbraith... has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Corcmoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling.... Astutely observed, well-paced... The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel."―Sue Corbett, People
"...why is "likable" the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling's palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author's dreams."―Louis Bayard, The Washington Post
The Silkworm is fast-paced and entertaining... Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He's the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege... And he's brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him."―Sherryl Connelly, Daily News
"Having just the better part of a day and a night making my way through the 455 pages of The Silkworm ... I must say, I don't mind at all... The murder mystery at the heart of The Silkworm is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution." ―Malcolm Jones, The Daily Beast
PRAISE FOR THE CUCKOO'S CALLING:
"A gritty, absorbing tale." --People
"Cleverly plotted... Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie." --Entertainment Weekly
"Highly entertaining [with] a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"[Rowling's] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I'll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you'll want to see again in other adventures." --The Washington Post
About the Author
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.
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This is always a dangerous endeavor, because if the book turns out to be less good than I hoped, I'm deeply disappointed.
As you can guess by the title of this review, quite the opposite occurred.
In my opinion, Galbraith's greatest strength is the ability to build believable, unique characters who are realistic and have distinct speaking styles. Well, that and stunningly good prose.
It isn't necessary to read The Cuckoo's Calling first, but I think it's a good idea. This book begins a few months after the last one left off, and the relationships have progressed accordingly. There aren't particular heroes or villains, just real people who are good and bad, kind and mean, ugly and pretty -- where none of those three things necessarily correspond to any of the others.
In any case, Strike and Robin are going about their normal business, with all the usual small misunderstandings and unexpected skills, etc. that go along with most working relationships. Then, when Strike is exhausted and not thinking clearly, he takes on a new client, a rather worn-looking middle-aged woman who wants him to find her husband and thinks it'll be a short, simple job, and she's sure someone else will pay his bill.
Ah hah. Sure that's how it's going to work.
And so our story kicks off.
Oh, I should add -- I am a professional editor and a very prolific reader. Of the dozens of new books I've read so far this year, this is the best.
I do love how Rowling gave Strike and Robin much more development in this book. A good chunk of the book is about their relationship and Robin wanting to be more than a simple assistant. We also see more backstory about the two characters' past and social lives. The plot was kind of predictable, Not to the point where you knew what was gonna happen but it was pretty easy to eliminate a good handful of suspects early on. A few typical mystery novel tropes are followed but again that doesn't stop it from being interesting plot wise.
Overall, It's not a terrible book. If you could finish the first then you should have no issue finishing this one. It's not for everybody though. IDK why but Rowling's pacing issue always hits her half way into the book and it just ruins it a bit.
This book however, vacillates from boring to intensely gross. It was boring because of wordiness, the author obviously in love with her own words or as if she was paid by the word. The book was gross in a description of a murder which the author repeated numerous times; once was enough! She then goes on to talk about a bag of intestines repitiously. As much as I enjoyed Comoran Strike's character, the gore
and volubility in this book destroyed any pleasure I had in reading of him. What makes this author believe that goriness repeated over and over is literature? Don't buy this book.
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