Cormoran Strikes again! Or rather, someone else strikes and he investigates. Either way, the third installment of J.K Rowling’s- wait I mean Robert Galbraith’s-detective series proves to be more intense than the last. Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott find themselves tangled up in the hunt for a killer when Robin receives a woman’s leg in the mail. Gruesome, I know.
I didn’t realize that the third book had been released, so when I saw it displayed prominently at the library I snatched it up. I enjoyed the first two Cormoran Strike novels once I got over my hesitation to read them. I don’t know if I have fully recovered from J.K Rowling’s first non-Harry Potter book The Casual Vacancy. Let’s just say the one thing I never part with is my books and that one quickly found its way into my donation box. Not really my thing.
I devoured Career of Evil pretty fast because it was providing me with more of Cormoran and Robin’s backstories, which I had been craving. As Robin’s character has been working towards a more prominent role in the detective agency, she has become more central to the book.
I expect a certain amount of goriness when I read a detective/murder mystery novel. (SPOILER) I will say, though, that I could have done without the killer’s point of view chapters. This is a change from the earlier books and one that I felt was, at times, too much for me. I found myself completely skipping pages because I simply didn’t want to read the attack scenes in excruciating detail. That is just me, though. I read somewhere that J.K Rowling had nightmares while she was writing this book and I can see why.
Although this wasn’t necessarily my favorite of the three Cormoran Strike novels, it’s definitely not to be missed if you love the series. The character development in this one seems pretty crucial and that ending, as cliffhanging as it was, only serves to make you want to get your hands on the next one as soon as possible. Well played, Robert Galbraith.
If you haven’t checked out the series, stop reading this and go pick up The Cuckoos Calling. Added bonus, BBC just announced that it will be adapting these novels for a t.v show.
P.S. I know its a good book when I go to grab it at night, realize I am already done and then suddenly feel a little bit sad. I did that with this one.