Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
A disturbing package leads Detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott to investigate four dangerous murder suspects in this “magnetic” British mystery (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).
When Robin Ellacott opens an unexpected delivery, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but just as alarmed. He suspects that four people from his past could be responsible — and any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike has essentially ruled out, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them . . .
Career of Evil is the third in J. K. Rowling’s highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
About: Career of Evil is a mystery thriller written by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). It was published on 6/2018 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, paperback, 512 pages. The genres are mystery & thriller, private investigators, and fiction.
My Experience: I started reading Career of Evil on 6/16/2020 and finished it on 7/5/2020. 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 a fantastic read! I liked getting to know Strike’s colorful past, especially with his mom. I also enjoyed getting to know Robin’s secret past as well. I liked how the author described Whittaker’s achievement, “a weak reflection of a reflection.” It was an adrenaline rush to read the search for Brockbank, a dangerous man. Each bad character’s story was engrossing and often a couldn’t put down kind of read. That website owner, Tempest was gross; however, Shanker was supper cool!
This book started with the view of a killer as he cleaned himself up of the remaining blood under his nails. He reminisced his previous day’s kill as he watched Robin. He wanted to revenge on Cormoran Strike for taking his son away from him. The second view was Robin, 26 and engaged to Matthew. Their wedding was postponed. They argued. She arrived at the office as the mailman delivered a package to her. She opened expecting her wedding order but was shocked to find something else. The third view was Cormoran Strike, 37, Private Investigator. He heard Robin’s screams from his apartment room upstairs to his practice. He came running down to see the package and called for the police. Strike believed some people he put away to prison when he used to work for the Special Investigation Branch (a Royal Military Police) are out for a revenge on him. Each chapter heading with a quote to a band, and I need to look it up so I can listen to it.
Career of Evil hooked me from the start! I loved that there’s a view of the killer and I couldn’t believe the author wrote that, what he did with the remains on his fingernail! And at another part of the book, what he did with his trophies! Yikes! I had a nightmare one night sleeping after I read the killer’s actions. I was scared in the dream. This book, I personally felt was a bit more fast paced than the first two books so I enjoyed the read a lot more. Again, a big reveal at the end where I thought I guessed who the killer was and then I changed my mind because something else happened but it was him all along. I was still very surprised by who the killer was. The writing was excellent in this book and I savored every word. I highly recommend everyone to read this series!
Pro: suspense, view from the killer, fast paced, page turner, mystery,
I rate it 5 stars!
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