Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Review by Lauren
source: personal copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...
Review: First off, for those that still may not know, Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling. Career of Evil is the third book in her Cormoran Strike novels, and to be honest, it is probably her best one yet! I absolutely cannot wait for the fourth novel.
Strike is a private detective and Robin Ellacott is slowly becoming more of a partner in the business than just a secretary. She helps with the cases, following suspects and keeping track of clients' wants and needs. However, when she signs for a package one day and discovers a woman's severed leg inside, things start to change. Strike is obviously worried about Robin and is desperate to keep her away from anything too dangerous. Robin is shaken up but she is also adamant that she will continue her job and not let anything stand in her way of helping Strike figure out who sent the leg and why.
Career of Evil is such a fascinating mystery novel because Strike and Robin follow three different men from Strike's past that all have very good reason to want to hurt Strike and anyone close to him. There is his stepfather and then two men he knew when he was in the army. These are all despicable men that readers could easily see killing innocent women, but which one is it? Or is it any of them at all? Is Strike letting his past affect what is happening in the present, and will it get him or Robin in trouble? These are all questions that you wonder about throughout the book, as it keeps you in suspense, turning the pages as fast as you can to find the answers.
This is definitely a dark and gruesome novel, but it is so well-written and fascinating, that I would recommend it to all who are interested. Definitely start with the first book though. You'll want to know Strike and Robin as well as you can, as well as all the details that lead to the circumstances in Career of Evil. These books are told in third person point of view, allowing the story to follow and get into the head of various characters, even the killer in Career of Evil. Despite having the killer's point of view, I kept jumping from suspect to suspect throughout the book. This is one that will surely keep you guessing!