Macabre and shocking with a mystery tightly woven throughout, The Silkworm is the much-anticipated crime novel from the Queen of Literature, J.K. Rowling , writing with the pen name of Robert Galbraith. It is a thrilling and page-turning whodunit of the finest calibre. As the second book in the Cormoran Strike series (starting with The Cuckoo’s Calling – read my review of it here), the stakes are higher, the murder more complex and far more grisly than before.
I could not put this book down. I am going to go ahead and say it now – you have to grab a copy! But be prepared to be thoroughly intrigued as you try to hastily match up the clues for a complex crime.
In The Silkworm, a self-obsessed writer, Owen Quine, has penned Bombyx Mori, a vicious and libelous novel full of grotesque imagery and thinly veiled references to the members of his social circle – the worn-down wife, duplicitous agent, an editor who destroys his work, the rival author he hates, a publishing agent who has snubbed him, the mistress and the protégé, all who in the book has sucked the life and money out of Quine.
When the book is sent around to the publishing houses, much to the horror of those featured in the print, Quine does a runner. Ten days later, his wife asks Cormoran Strike to find him. And find him he does, in an abandoned townhouse, strung up and murdered in the same brutal fashion that fills the final pages of his deplorable novel.
Strike, with the assistance of his receptionist/soon-to-be-a-great-sleuth, Robin Ellacott, must work fast to put together the clues in the manuscript against the lies and shadows thrown around by its seven suspects. Racing against the clock to find the most vicious killer he’s ever come up against, they cross the shady parts of London and the dark underbelly of the publishing world, old rivals and deep hatreds that compel a person towards murder, most horrid. The only problem, all seven suspects have a very good reason to want Quine dead, and all have alibis that seem impenetrable.
Rowling is on fire with this one! The Silkworm is richly detailed, compulsively readable and shows her enviable skill in throwing red herrings and subtle clues at all the right moments. I couldn’t put the book down and was kept guessing right to the end, when of course, all the clues fall perfectly into place.
I will make no secret that J.K. Rowling is my favourite author and I truly hope that we see a third Cormoran Strike novel very soon. Rowling shines in the crime genre – but of course she would; she truly is the one of the most beloved and talented authors of this generation.
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