Book Review – The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
Book: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith
Year of Release: 2014
Read 456-page hardcover edition in October 2014.
Detective Cormoran Strike has seen his private investigation business take off, thanks to the Lula Landry case and the unwanted fame it brought him. He has mostly been dealing with cases involving cheating husbands, which are helping him get caught up on the bills, but are not necessarily the most challenging situations he’s had to deal with in his army and investigatory career. However, when author Owen Quine goes missing, after publishing a fictional novel that insults a wide variety of people in his life, Mrs Quine comes to Detective Strike desperate for him to find Owen. However, when Owen turns up dead under grisly circumstances, Detective Strike and his trusted assistant Robin must work to deduce who murdered him, with a plethora of suspects, one of which is a deadly killer.
This second Cormoran Strike novel was a great furtherance of the series. The novel, written by J.K. Rowling under the Galbraith pseudonym, was a fantastic mystery, having a healthy dose of intrigue, drama, action, a diverse cast of suspects, and strong character development of the principal characters. The characters of Strike and Robin were further developed in this novel, and it was great to learn more about them and see a greater dynamic between them, as their relationship continues to play out in the storyline. Robin’s relationship with fiancee Matthew also makes for additional intrigue, and these three characters will surely be further intertwined and developed in the next novel of the series, which will be fascinating to read! On the plot of this novel, the death of Owen Quine was well written by Galbraith, with a very messy murder scene indeed that was horror-like in its description. The cast of plenty who served as suspects were bizarre, diverse, and broad, creating many plausible suspects that kept us as the readers turning the pages. These characters were suspects because they appeared in the Owen Quine manuscript, and it was at times hard to keep track of who was who and link them back to the manuscript we read about in the novel. This detracted slightly from the story, but otherwise, this was a strong showing and an enjoyable and exciting read, and the reader is left looking forward to the next novel in the Strike series.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars