The Silkworm is like brussel sprouts in book form – you’re either going to love it or hate it. I didn’t really know what to expect beforehand, but it turned out to be really good, so I’m going to review it!
I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, so when I saw The Silkworm for sale in the tiny shop on the ferry to France, I knew we were meant to be. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down – I was barely seen without it in my hand for about two days. Overall, while it was quite a graphic, gruesome read, I found myself quite attached to the characters by the end and that really drove me to read on.
The first thing I feel I should establish about this book is that yes, it is by J.K.Rowling. She takes on the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith for the Comoran Strike series, but it was revealed a while after the release of The Cuckoo’s Calling who the Galbraith’s true identity is. She took this pseudonym so that she could “publish without expectations”, and I can completely see why she did this. I’ve heard so many people who have read this series, or The Casual Vacancy, expecting it to be Harry Potter saying that they didn’t like it. If you’re expecting Harry Potter, don’t read this book. If you’re after Harry Potter, go read Harry Potter. However, read this with an open mind, and you won’t be disappointed.
The “Cormoran Strike ” series centres around a private detective called Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacot. After his success in the last novel, the cases are rolling in but the majority of them involve the same rich, privileged men trying to catch their wives cheating on them. That is, until a frantic, slightly unhinged woman appears at the office, looking for her husband Owen Quine, a writer who has up and left without a trace. Strike takes on this case, even without the promise of pay, and quickly discovers the body of Owen Quine, who has been brutally murdered. From here on Strike spends the rest of the novel trying to solve the case and figure out who has, in fact murdered Quine.
On of the best things about this book, in my opinion, was that I wasn’t able to predict the twist. That’s something I hate, when the ending of the book is really obvious, and it’s probably the reason that I don’t read more crime-style novels. It was a complete surprise, however, when the murderer was revealed, which is a bonus.
Overall, this wasn’t one of my favourite books ever, but it was a good, recommendable read. It’s possible to read it without reading the first one if you want, as it doesn’t give away the ending to The Cuckoo’s Calling, but it’s a good book, so why not read them both? I’d rate it 4/5 probably – it didn’t stand out as amazing but I really enjoyed it!
Have you read The Silkworm? What other books have you enjoyed recently?