The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
(Mulholland Books, 2014, 455 pages)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith is the second Cormoran Strike novel. As has already been mentioned in Sadie’s review Private Investigator, Cormoran Strike, accepts an assignment to find the missing author, Owen Quine. Quine disappears on a regular basis, but his wife needs Quine home and hires Strike to find him. Strike and his assistant, Robin, must deal with unique characters and grotesque manuscripts to solve this mystery.
The Silkworm does feature some nauseating scenes, especially the circumstances surrounding the death of the victim. This novel is much darker than the first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. But I think this novel also has more well-defined characters. Even with all the grotesque circumstances of the death, I continued to read because I really wanted to know “who dun it”.
Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. With the Cormoran Strike novels, Rowling is proving that her writing skills were not limited to Harry Potter. While I do prefer the Harry Potter novels, I will continue to read the Cormoran Strike novels. Strike is an interesting character and I’m not sure that we know all there is to know about him yet.