Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
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, he discovers that Quine’s disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives — meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in J. K. Rowling’s highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
About: The Silkworm is a mystery thriller written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was published on 6/24/2014 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company, paperback, 456 pages. The genres are mystery & thriller, private investigators, and fiction. There are five books to the Cormoran Strike series: book 1 is The Cuckoo’s Calling, book 2 is The Silkworm, book 3 is Career of Evil, book 4 is Lethal White, and book 5 will be Troubled Blood.
My Experience: I started reading The Silkworm on 6/7/2020 and finished it on 6/15/2020. I’m reading this book as part of the global read along, hosted by the publisher, Little, Brown in anticipation for the release of the 5th book, Troubled Blood, that will come out in September 2020. This book was an excellent read! Interesting idea about a business of stolen technologies and its useful information for sale. I like Strike’s unforgettable memories of every little things he’s been informed. I like the little teaching points Strike made to Robin, such as a suspect re-explaining something. A cool thriller concept, a victim “taunted a murderer-in-waiting and unleashed horror upon himself.” Strike who lost his leg in Afghanistan put himself in major troubles for his line of work where he’s constantly on his feet. I enjoyed his thinking about people giving him the stare when he resort to crutches with his pant leg pin up instead of wearing his prothesis.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Strike, 36, Private Detective, as he went on his way to meet his client, a journalist, after an overnight of investigation. The next day, Strike’s on spur of the moment new client Mrs. Quine, came to hire Strike to find her missing writer husband. He has been missing for 10 days. The writer’s unpublished novel may have angered a lot of people who worked with him. The alternating view was Robin, Strike’s Secretary. Robin secretly loved detective work. She wanted her fiancé Matthew to get along with her boss Strike. In this book, readers are to solve the mystery of the writer. Each chapter starts with a quote, sadly I don’t recognize any.
The Silkworm started fast paced than the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling but still slow paced compared to my other readings, yet it’s well written. This book escalated Robin’s personal life with her fiancé Mathew and Strike’s personal life with his ex Charlotte. I liked how the author worded some sentences, one stuck out “effort at reversing out of a cul-de-sac into which he had driven himself” when a character accidentally said more than he intended to. Again, this book has the mystery of almost the entire book with a tell all at the end. I would have preferred hints of the killer throughout the story to make the wait more bearable. I loved the relationship between the characters so it kept me reading and the ending was great.
Pro: mystery, writers-reviewers-editors-publisher = the world of books
I rate it 4.5 stars!
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