Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Sphere (19 Jun 2014)
Having greatly enjoyed Galbraith’s/ Rowling’s 1st installment of the Cormoran Strike series (a well written and fast paced mystery) I had actually pre-ordered this immediately, and so received it on the day it was published. No sooner had it appeared on my Kindle than I had downloaded it and sunk my teeth in. In that sense, I guess you could say my expectations were (just the tiniest tad) high…
‘The Silkworm’ got my favorite duo involved in a case much grittier than the first one (squirmish readers please be warned: this is quite graphic). Novelist Owen Quine has gone missing and his distressed wife calls on Cormoran Strike to investigate. Pretty soon the writer turns up, brutally murdered – and Strike must figure out who (& why) did it.
Once again the setting was atmospheric, the characters were quirky & engaging and the plot was pretty decent (if not what I’d call groundbreaking). The pace, which was quite slow at first, picked up throughout the book – with most of the action/ suspense featured in the last few pages. To be honest, my overall feeling was that the story could have been (more effectively?) told in fewer pages, but that still wasn’t so bad. Unfortunately, for me at least, the resolution also left a lot to be desired. I guess that, considering the gruesomeness of the crime, I was expecting a bigger showdown and a more substantial story behind the killer’s motive. But maybe that’s just me…
Let’s simply say that (even though I did mostly enjoy this) I felt like the second book in the series just… deserved better. I highly enjoy the leading character’s no-nonsense attitude, the slow unravelling of his volatile past and the evolving relationship between him and his girl Friday, Robin, though – so I’ll be looking forward to book No.3 in the sincere hope that it will do them both more justice.
[Lifestyle Counter Rating: 3/5 stars]