The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling)
(Mulholland Books, 2014, 455 pages)
Robert Gailbraith’s second installment in the Cormoran Strike series tells the story of Matthew, a London accountant who is struggling with a high stress job, the death of his mother, and difficulties in his relationship with his fiancé, Robin. Robin, despite other opportunities, insists on maintaining her dangerous and low-paying job working for the shady detective, Cormoran Strike. Not only has Robin been placed in peril while working for Strike, but the detective also seems a little too fond of his new assistant. Naturally, Matthew is concerned for Robin’s well-being, but she seems to interpret that concern as an attempt to stifle her career aspirations.
In The Silkworm, Matthew’s patience and good humor are once again put to the test as Robin gets drawn into the investigation of the gruesome murder of a second rate novelist. As the case develops, Robin becomes more and more distant from Matthew, while at the same time, spending more and more time with Strike off the clock. Though Matthew tries to be understanding, he reaches his limit when Robin nearly misses his mother’s funeral in order to drive the arrogant and aloof detective to an interview. Despite this lack of consideration, Matthew is eventually able to put aside his ill-feelings toward Strike and support Robin in her sincere but misguided desire to pursue a career as a private investigator.
I really enjoyed this book, particularly for the complex and carefully drawn character of Matthew. As the series continues, I am anxious to see if his relationship with Robin can survive or if they are forced apart by her reckless pursuit of an impractical and dangerous career.
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