I’ve been itching to read J.K. Rowling’s most recent novel (the second written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith) all summer, so I decided to make it my final reading project before embarking on some of my school reading to get ahead before my first semester of grad school begins August 25. I’m happy to report that The Silkworm did not disappoint; it was the perfect page-turning mystery-thriller to close the summer with.
Like The Cuckoo’s Calling, the 2013 novel to which The Silkworm is a sequel, this book follows the investigations of private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin. The Silkworm picks up eight months after The Cuckoo’s Calling, and, thanks to his skillful solving of the Lula Landry case,Strike has a full business load.
The central mystery to the sequel begins with the disappearance of author Owen Quine. When Quine’s wife, Leonora, asks Strike to find her husband who she believes is at a writer’s conference, Strike takes on the case, only to find that it’s actually a much more sinister, complicated situation. Readers will also see Strike’s and Robin’s relationship develop as Robin becomes frustrated that Strike doesn’t recognize her full potential as a budding private detective herself.
Like The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm is peppered with a handful of interesting (and often suspicious) characters, and I was again surprised to see how the case wrapped up. I didn’t find the ending as satisfying in this novel, but it was certainly entertaining and exciting. I know Rowling has plans to continue with this series, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.