Book Review – Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
- Book: Career of Evil
- Author: Robert Galbraith
- Genre: Mystery
- Year of Release: 2015
- Read 499-page hardcover edition in November 2015.
In the third novel of the series by Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling), Detective Cormoran Strike and his able assistant Robin Ellacott are continuing to work together to build Strike’s detective agency. However, when a mysterious package addressed to Robin arrives containing a horrific item inside, the two must work together to determine who is attempting to ruin the agency, and potentially harm Robin. There are several suspects from Strike’s past, all of whom are dangerous. As the risk and danger increases, Robin is also dealing with her mixed feelings around her upcoming marriage to Matthew.
In the third novel of the Strike detective series, author Galbraith (Rowling) is really hitting a great stride here, with this novel possibly being the best one so far in the series.
With fully developed characters that hit the ground running from page one, we are brought into some action and drama from the very introductory pages. Robin and Strike are both intriguing, complicated characters, with great back stories that continue to develop as they interact with each other and with other returning characters. Also, watching their chemistry together, and their mutual frustrations and difficulty in communicating with each other, can be both humorous and torturous at the same time. (Sometimes their poor communication is almost too convenient to keep the suspense of the plot going, but on the other hand, perhaps it’s a good example of how people really do have issues when it comes to communicating how they’re really feeling with people they care about.)
The action in this novel is gripping, and the subject matter is raw, intense, and disturbing at times. The ability of the author to keep us guessing until the end as to which of the multiple suspects is the true culprit is well-played. The last third of the book becomes a real page turner, as we want to discover who is involved and who is responsible in the disturbing crimes being investigated by Robin and Strike.
Furthermore, the novel does a nice job of balancing the main plot, that of the detective work, with sub-plots around Strike’s relationship and Robin’s upcoming marriage, along with their feelings and emotions in their personal lives. This balance creates a nicely balanced and rich novel.
Overall, this latest Cormoran Strike novel is probably the best one so far, and the conclusion leaves the reader truly looking forward to the next book in the series.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.