The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith follows the mystery surrounding the disappearance of writer Owen Quine. Strike and Robin are hired by Quine’s wife to find out where he has gone. As Quine was on the point of publishing a new novel thinly disguised as a tell-it-all peak at the world of London’s literati, the suspects in his disappearance soon add up.
I have to admit I wasn’t feeling very inspired when writing this review. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book – I did – but I feel I have very little to add to my review of the first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. In other words, if you enjoyed the first, you will almost certainly enjoy the sequel. As in its predecessor, I enjoyed the writing style and the brisk pace set by Rowling.
What I liked
The developing friendship between Strike and Robin. I found myself a little frustrated by their misunderstandings, but that was only because I felt invested in their relationship. I appreciated the fact that they both really respect and appreciate one another. This continues to be explored and deepened in this second book. I liked that their relationship remains platonic – at least this far – although I suspect we may see that change in future books. I’m kind of on the fence on that one. It’s refreshing seeing a pair who respect each other without the will they/won’t they tension that is all too common.
What i didn’t like
The perpetrator is pretty obvious towards the end. Now mysteries are not my usual field and I’m usually very surprised at the endings. However, I found I did identify whodunnit fairly easily.
I would certainly recommend The Silkworm – it’s a decent mystery and I find myself becoming more and more invested in the lead characters.
I gave The Silkworm four stars out of five.