The second in a series by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). When the Cuckoo’s Calling was published in April 2013 no one knew that the creative master mind Rowling was behind the dark whodunnit. However the gossip soon got out, and sales rocketed, Rowling said how “wonderful to publish without the hype or expectation”. There was no such mystery around The Silkworm and therefore there has been a whole lot of hype and expectation.
I throughly enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling where we first meet Cormoran Strike a large, damaged, lonely and broke detective. Sounds familiar? I wonder is there a happily married, wealthy and healthy english detective out there?? Certainly in the fictional world it would seem not. I was not impressed by Strike’s character in either book, its just standard english detective, nothing new. His assistant Robin though, Rowling impressed me there, she’s young and pretty (nothing new) but she is also keen to learn, doesn’t try to mother strike and has some impressive skills up her sleeves. The relationships with her fiancé are well done and add a depth to her character rather than just leaving her at the office door.
The Silk Worm follows Strike investigating first the disappearance and then the gruesome murder of an unpopular author, shortly after he released a novel revealing the dark habits of those surrounding him the literary world. The negative sides of fame and publishing are all the more interesting when you think of who it was written by. Is this just Rowling writing about what she knows or are these some of her views disguised in fiction?
Read time : 2 weeks (455 pages)
Recommend: A mature reader, someone that enjoys an easy read rather than a great one.
Favourite character: Robin Ellicott, a prime example of the fact you should never judge a book by its cover.
Favourite quote: ‘he did not look as though life had pummelled him into a quiescent stupor’/’content is king’
Favourite thing about the book: I really feel like I’ve grown with J.K. Rowling, I was 5 years old when the first Harry Potter was published which my parents read to me by the 3rd in 1999 I was reading them myself. I grew up with Rowling on my bedside table its nice that she has found her way there again now I’m in my 20s.
Least favourite thing: I have two, its just a little too long, not in page numbers I just feel the questioning of suspects was dragged out a little too much, I got a little bored in the middle but then the end was fantastic again. Secondly there are just too many characters for me, being a bird of very little brains I just found it a little confusing, but that could just be me.
Have you read either of the ‘Robert Galbraith’ novels? What do you think?