Author: Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Number of Pages: 455
Copy that I own: Paperback edition, published 2 June 2015 by Mulholland Books
Reading period: 12 to 18 January 2017
What’s the book about?
Following the success from solving the Lula Landry case, Detective Cormoran Strike is hired by a worried wife to find her missing husband, novelist Owen Quine. What was meant to be a simple case of lost and found, turns to a bizarre brutal murder when Strike’s investigation leads to a controversial completed manuscript that if printed, could ruin lives. It’s now up to Strike to find out just who had the motive to write a permanent ending for Quine.
“You can’t plot murder like a novel. There are always loose ends in real life.”
Here’s what I thought of the book
Having enjoyed the first book of the series, I was pretty excited to take on her second book. Despite the constant struggle with trying to figure out just whodunnit, the book fell a little below my expectations.
Though the story essentially had an intriguing plot, there were times when I felt that there was too much time wasted on issues that could be addressed rather quickly. I felt that being a Mystery/Thriller novel, it was essential to concentrate more on the crime aspect than on the ongoing human relationship aspect. At some point, it got a little tiring reading about Robin’s emotions and wedding plans.
As much as I love the YA version of J.K. Rowling, I was pleasantly surprised at Rowling’s ability to not pull any punches when describing dead bodies and a warped mind’s creation. Her detailed descriptions definitely gave readers a way of envisioning what she saw as she wrote. But, despite my amazement with her masterful skill, the portion with the manuscript was still the hardest part for me to get through.
Much like The Cuckoo’s Calling, Rowling keeps readers guessing till the very end on who the killer is. A rather good read though it can’t quite beat the first book.