The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

silkwormTitle: The Silkworm

Author: Robert Galbraith

Publisher:  Mulholland Books/ Hachette Audio

Format: eBook/Audiobook

Publication Date: June 24, 2014

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Library

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestsellerThe 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…


This second installment of the series was even better than the first. The Cuckoo’s Calling took me by surprise, but this lived up to every expectation I had. It was a more polished version, and the mystery was even harder to figure out. Unlike The Cuckoo’s Calling where I started to suspect the who-dunnit even though I wasn’t confident, this book left me completely in the dark. The one person I felt confident who might have done it turned out to have not had a hand in it at all. This book was absolutely fantastic, and the relationship between Cormoran and Robin is starting to deepen, but part of what I love is this slow burn.

I’ll admit that I am pretty curious about Robin. Cormoran’s backstory is pretty established, obviously there are secrets but I feel like those are going to be in relation to his time in the military. Robin has secrets that are really barely touched on, and I’m so so interested to find out what they are. There’s a line in the book about Matthew being surprised about Robin wanting to investigate considering what happened to her caused her to leave university. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS. I’m really curious, because we really don’t know much about Robin. Not about her other interests or her life before moving to London.

However, this book is just a straight up mystery, and I am enjoying the well-written mystery. I’m so disappointed that there is only one book left for me to read. This book was so good I found myself trying to drag it out because I wanted to know what happened but I didn’t want to finish it. The writing was top-notch both Cormoran and Robin are absolutely fantastic characters, and surprisingly enough I’ve found that the point of view changes do not bother me at all. It shocked me to realize at the end of this book that there were point of view changes happening( and had been since the first book), they are so seamless that it never interrupted the flow of the story for me. I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars as well, for being an amazing follow up that lived up to all my expectations.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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“…writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.”
Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm