Thursday, 14 August 2014

Book Review - The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling

The Silkworm - A Cormoran Strike novel - by Robert Galbraith.

The Silkworm is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series after The Cuckoo's Calling, which was one awesome read.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of the ever famous JK Rowling.

The book follows in the same tune as the previous one. It is a typical Rowling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days, as he has done it before. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that it is just not an disappearance.

The rest forms the story.

The book 'bombyx mori' by the missing author Owen Quine forms an important part of the investigation.

The private detective Cormoran Strike is a war veteran having lost his one lower limb at Afganisthan. He has started his detective agency from loans and was struggling until the breakthrough with Lula Landry case with help of his assistant Robin. (More of this in The Cuckoo's calling) In this part too, they investigate it together to find the gruesome antagonist.

In comes the characters,
Owen Quine's agent - Elizabeth Tassel,
Chief of Roper Chard publications - Daniel Chard,
his editor - Jerry,
his wife - Leonora Quine,
his daughter - Orlando Quine who is mentally challenged,
his girlfriend,
his ex-friend the author - Michael Fancourt.

At a time in the book, the author makes u suspect everyone. Whether it is a he/ she? One or two or all?

The book was fast paced and gives a huge story. There was never a dull moment in it. Having read the Cuckoo's Calling, the expectation was a bit higher and the author Robert Galbraith has not
disappointed the readers.

Final Verdict : You don't want to miss this.

(I think JK Rowling didn't want people to compare her crime thriller with the Harry Potter series and so she started writing under a pseudonym. Because The Casual Vacancy was compared too much with Harry Potter. If it is a crime novel with a war veteran as the protagonist, it is clearly different from the fantasy series.)

Rating- 10/10.

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