The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling)
(Mulholland Books, 2014, 464 pages)
The Silkworm is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series and I really enjoyed it. I think it sucked me in quicker than The Cuckoo’s Calling but that could also be because I was already more familiar with the characters. Sadie, Jean, and Andrew already read and reviewed this title so I won’t spend too much time summarizing the story.
Strike is busier than he was in the first book thanks to the way he handled the Lula Landry case. When he gets a request to locate a woman’s missing husband he takes it, not quite knowing what he’s getting in to. The husband is an author who was in the midst of submitting a book for publication when he suddenly went off the grid. He has a habit of doing this, but his wife feels he’s been gone too long and just wants to know where he is.
As Strike takes on the case his assistant, Robin, wants him to see her as more of a partner and less of a secretary. Unfortunately this is complicated by the fact that her fiancé is not happy about her job or her relationship with Strike. So there’s an underlying personal element in the story as Robin tries to get her fiancé to be okay with the career path she’s chosen and as she tries to get Strike to see her potential as more than just a personal assistant.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next Strike title.