The Silkworm

We all know by now that Robert Galbraith is none other than our favourite author J.K. Rowling. The Silkworm is her second novel written under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym. I was a bit on the fence about this book. Did I like it or not? Novelist Owen Quine goes missing and his wife enlists the help of our favourite untraditonal sleuth, Cormoran Strike and his wonderful sidekick Robin Ellacott to find him and bring him home. He eventually turns up, murdered in a particularly gruesome scene that we’re reminded of off and on as the story enfolds. That was part of what I didn’t like. It’s not a pretty picture. But I kept going because I particularly like Cormoran and his relationship to his ever vigalent, enthusiastic, helpful Robin. Poor Cormoran, at times he’s not sure he should have taken on this case. Quine’s wife is a bit odd to say the least. I found some of the characters confusing. There are writers, publishers, publicists, a whole whack of book related people and I kept getting them mixed up. But once again, I didn’t care because I like Cormoran & Robin. And of course this book is really well written – it’s J.K. Rowling! She’s a master of the page at every turn. So I kept going, and in the end, I’m happy to say I give it a thumbs up. Just be prepared, it’s more than a bit gruesome.

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