Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
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I’m not sure where to start with this review, because I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since the beginning, and am now a Cormoran Strike fan, and J K Rowling’s latest book has created mixed feelings in me. So, I’ve decided to write this review in sentences that describe what I like and dislike about the book.
I like this better than The Silkworm, much to my relief, but I think The Cuckoo’s Calling is still better.
I don’t like the parts written from the killer’s perspective, although it kept me guessing and trying to match his descriptions with the profiles of the four suspects. I’m not sure why I don’t like those parts – they just didn’t feel right.
I like the British wry humour Rowling has been able to insert in the story consistently through Cormoran Strike.
I don’t like the extra layer of emotional baggage Robin Ellacott has been given in this story, and I certainly don’t like her personal decision at the end! (I’m not going to spoil this for you though.)
I like the entertaining style and suspense that Rowling never fails to inject into her stories.
I don’t like the abrupt ending – the story had gone on for too long for it to have ended in such a flash.
VERDICT: If you are a Cormoran Strike fan like me (and especially if you had not liked The Silkworm as much), you won’t be disappointed with the pace of this book, barring the emotional bits on the part of Robin.
For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from Goodreads:
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…
Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.