Review: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith

Posted July 12, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert GalbraithThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
on June 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Fiction
Format: E-book
Pages: 464
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.
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, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

I absolutely loved the first Cormoran Strike book, but I have to admit that this second book is a bit disappointing. This second book wasn’t as exciting as the first one. Mainly, it’s about a certain shameful manuscript called Bombyx Mori. I think what made the book less appealing this time were the main characters themselves.

In the first book, the main characters, Cormoran Strike and Robin were both introduced, and I have to admit that I fell in love with both of them (and of course, secretly wish that they both would go together.) But in this second installment, for some reason, both of them had their own problems, and it was being repeated throughout most of the book. Strike kept complaining about his sore knee, and Robin kept stressing out about her soon-to-be husband’s attitude towards Strike. Rather, the main story actually took quite a backseat. I have no idea how many times Robin gave Strike a cold shoulder for something he did not even know that he did. SERIOUSLY. This was a really really long book, and trust me, there were times when I wanted to give up, but I do have to give Rowling (or Robert Galbraith) credit for the amazing yet unique story line. A murder based on a manuscript that an egoistic author wrote? AMAZING.

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