The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The SilkwormThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The second book in the Cormoran Strike series, and while I liked the first book well enough, I LOVED this one. I stayed up till 2 AM reading it, when I finally and had to force myself. If I hadn’t known my kids were going to wake up and expect food and attention the next day I’d have continued.)

I wanted to immediately get the third book and find out what happened next. The only reason I have paused in reading the series is the knowledge that book four isn’t released yet. A publishing date hasn’t even been set (sob!) and after hearing that book three ends on a cliffhanger I’m trying to minimize my wait time.

If you haven’t read the series, I do think you should start with the first (even if I didn’t like it as much). That allows you to meet the characters and I think the more time with Robin the better.

Despite my love for this book I have some cautions: if you’re squeamish, or opposed to language or other graphic content you’ll want to skip it. I kind of hate having to tell anyone to pass on it, as it’s so good, but have to admit that it’s not for everyone. Know your own comfort level of what you want to read.

I’m not much of a TV person, but the BBC is developing the three books currently out in the series into a show and I am thrilled to hear it. The actors have been chosen for the lead roles: Tom Burke will play Cormoran Strike, and Holliday Grainger will play Robin Ellacott.

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Publisher’s Description:
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the number-one international best seller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives – meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

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  1. Basically a million heart eyes for Robin 4EVAH.

    I know many people said they didn’t like the second book even though they liked the first, and I think unfortunately that squeamishness just did some readers in. But I’m with you, I LOVED it. And if there was a supercapital font, that’s how I would write that I LOVED the third one. But I get not wanting to stop there. But also you need to read it now. But also she needs to publish number four already. And basically *fangirl flailing*

    Which is not the sort of reaction typical to me. Basically JKR is the genius of our time, I guess.

    • You’re kind of not helping me wait on #3. At this point I’m hoping I can hold off until a publication date is announced for #4. Realistically I think I’ll be doing well if I can wait until January. 😉

      Because I want to get it immediately and stay up all night reading it. 🙂 Robin is THE BEST.

    • Also yes, I can’t imagine why people wouldn’t like this one more than the first other than the ick factor. Because it certainly had that, which I kind of hate because I want to tell everyone to read it, but I can’t because I realize it’s too much for some.

  2. Totally agree. The first one was good. This one was way better, and so gross. 😜😂

  3. Grandma C says:

    Just got my copy of #3 yesterday. Can’t wait to start it!

  4. I read The Cuckoo’s Calling because it was Rowling, even though graphic-ness and swearing are so not my thing. I enjoyed it, but I’ve really hesitated on picking up the others in the series because of those things. I’m not sure your review helped me decide, but I’m glad to hear you thought it was so good! 🙂

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