Today I’m going to be sharing mini reviews of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith (the pen name of J.K. Rowling). I read the first book when it first came out years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Prompted by Her Book Affair choosing Lethal White for me to read this month, I thought I best catch up on the rest of the series.
Please be aware that reviews may contain spoilers for the books that came before, so don’t read on if you’re avoiding spoilers for these books!
I didn’t think I would enjoy this book, having seen the TV series before reading it, but I was very wrong. The Silkworm is brilliant. This book sees Strike take on a bizarre case where a man is missing, later found murdered in the manner of a death in his latest book. The book he has written has outraged half the literary community due to its insulting content. It’s a fascinating case, well thought out with brilliant twists that I didn’t see coming (but probably should have since I already knew how it ended)! I loved the insight into the literary community and how much more concerned with their own reputations they were than the fact that one of their number was dead. Strike remains a fascinating character and we get to know more of his past and his father in this book. I adored Robin. She is becoming stronger and more herself , but her husband, Matthew, doesn’t like this. The personal lives of Strike and Robin are as fascinating as the crime they are investigating, and together they kept me reading until the end.
Career of Evil
Someone from Cormoran Strike’s past is out to get him in this third book. When his assistant, Robin, receives a severed leg in the post, it comes with a note that brings up memories of Strike’s earlier life, and he sets to work on narrowing down suspects. This investigation is dangerous, with some amazing twists. We get to hear a lot more about Strike’s childhood. Meanwhile Robin and Matthew are still having many disagreements which is not ideal with their wedding coming up. There are some shocking revelations, and I absolutely hated Matthew in this book. Tension is rising between Strike and Robin on a number of issues. The personal storylines gripped me more than the crime. This book cemented my love of the Cormoran Strike series and I picked up Lethal White immediately.
Lethal White begins in the middle of Robin and Matthew’s wedding, where Career of Evil left off. Strike is trying to convince Robin to return to work with him, and Robin has just discovered that Matthew deleted Strike’s messages. Disappointingly, she doesn’t lob his head off with the ceremonial knife. The wedding is tense and super dramatic. And then the story proper picks up a year later. Robin is back at work, and Matthew is being his usual charming self (aka a dick). The investigation this time is politically themed, and probably the most dangerous yet. Robin undercover was a brilliant thing and I hope we’ll get more of this in future books. Later the investigation becomes more family orientated and it gets more complicated and intricate. At times I struggled to follow the different twists and leads, but it is brilliant. More exciting though are the personal relationships. I felt very invested in both Robin and Strike’s stories, wanting to yell at them through the page and tell them what to do. I lived for the drama in this book. The ending is fantastic and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for my favourite detective duo next.
Have you read any of the Cormoran Strike books? What did you think of the ending of Lethal White? I have feelings!