Monday, August 4, 2014

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 

Review by Lauren

Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own


Official Summary: 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...

Review: Private detective Cormoran Strike is back in Robert Galbraith's second novel (again, for those that are unaware, Galbraith is J.K. Rowling) and the series just keeps getting better. The focus of this novel is on Owen Quine, an author who hasn't received very much success. However, his latest work puts the people in his life under an unfavorable light, including his editor and own wife. This book would cause a lot of drama and unleash various secrets if it were ever published, which Quine obviously wants. However, he goes missing (and is later found murdered) before this can ever happen.

What I loved about The Cuckoo's Calling (the first Strike novel) and now The Silkworm is the variety of characters, and suspects, throughout the book. For Quine, many people disliked him and would have reason to wish him out of the way. But who would really murder this man in such a brutal fashion? (and there are some gory details throughout the book!) Obviously someone that hates him a great deal. The suspects in the novel are varied and interesting. I honestly couldn't figure out who did it until the moment was revealed. I loved that Galbraith included various clues and things to think about throughout the novel. Not all of these will be noticeable until the culprit is revealed, but knowing them makes you want to go back and read the book with a new awareness.

Apart from the suspects, there are many characters that felt fairly well-rounded. They might not get a lot of page time, but what you see and learn of them makes them seem real. I love good characterization in almost any novel and it's particularly great to see in a mystery novel. Galbraith does not push the characters aside in order to focus on the suspense and thrills. Instead, the two are seamlessly mixed together.

Of course, I could go on and on about the book but I honestly feel you should experience most of this for yourself. The Cuckoo's Calling is the first novel, but nothing is ruined if you read The Silkworm first. However, I would recommend going in order to really get to know Strike and Robin, the young woman who comes to work as a secretary and finds herself fascinated by his work. I can't say I blame her, after all, since I found myself just as mesmerized reading about the case!

I hope we don't have to wait long for a third novel in this series!

18 comments:

Kindlemom said...

This does sound really good, thanks for putting this one on my radar!!

kimbacaffeinate said...

I need to read book one Lauren. Adding it now..your review is wonderful!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Haven't heard of this one but I do like the cover and glad to hear that you enjoyed

Melliane said...

I always love detective stories, it's always intriguing. I'm not sure I know about this series but I'll have to check the first book out to be sure of that. In any case it sounds nice and I hope t he next one will be good too! Great review!

cleemckenzie said...

It sounds like she's on another roll with this series. I also love good detective stories, so this one is for me. Maybe even the first one, which has been on my TBR list, but never read. :-(

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I'm glad Rowling is doing such a great job with this. I must admit I had my doubts but it's good to know they were unfounded.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I recently grabbed both of these books as I am so curious to see what Rowling does with an adult book glad they are paying off for you.

L-Diggitty said...

This does sound great! My sister just bought it, so I'll steal it from her to read next.

Cleo Bannister said...

A great review, I have The Cuckoo's Calling on my TBR and this has made me determined to read it soon. I like the fact that you say she has provided the reader with a wide array of characters.

Krysten Quiles said...

Might just be adding this to my Goodreads!

Keertana said...

I really mean to read these but, as it is with so many titles, it just hasn't happened yet. I'll be bumping this series up my TBR, though, since you enjoyed it so much! :)

Miss Page-Turner said...

Great to hear you liked The Silkworm. And I really wasn't aware that Galbraith was Rowling. I have yet to finish the Harry Potter series but when I'm done with that I'll definitely pick up on this series. Really love her writing style and her great imagination. Thanks for your review! :)

Candace said...

I haven't had much urge to read her other stuff but I have to admit that I'm a bit curious now. So glad you enjoyed!

Erika Sorocco said...

I've had this one on my to-read list since the title was announced - I LOVED the first in the series!!

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Tracy Terry said...

Where have I been that I haven't heard of this one? Great review, thank you.

Renu said...

Yay, glad you enjoyed this! I was so not expecting the gruesomeness, it was such a surprise. And I agree that the characters are all well rounded. I can't wait for book 3! Great review. :D

Tanja - Tanychy said...

As I don't like crime novels I avoided this series but now after reading your review it seems like I'm missing a lot. I love how this story is unpredictable! I'll have to read The Cuckoo's Calling then. Great review, Lauren :)

Aylee said...

Basically, Jo is a MASTER of mystery! So well stated here, she just does such a good job at planting clues and red herrings and keeping you guessing right until the very end! And as entertaining as the mystery is, this series wouldn't be nearly as good without the brilliant characterization to back it up so I'm with you on that! Really cannot WAIT to read more in this series either. Sooo happy you loved this one as much as I did, Lauren! Really fantastic review!!