Saturday, 21 June 2014

The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith

This Thursday, the new book by 'Robert Galbraith' was published, and I had pre-ordered it from Amazon (this was possible in the UK, despite Sphere being a subsidiary of Little Brown, who are owned by Hachette... don't ask me why), and it was fantastic.

I had finished the book by 2.30 in the afternoon, and was left feeling really happy. I read somewhere that there will be seven books in this new series and I can see why; I just really wish JK Rowling had been able to get a bit further with it before being unmasked.

The plot is clever, with even more twists and turns than The Cuckoo's Calling, its precursor, and I was left guessing right up until the last chapter. Interestingly, although the book revolves around a new novel which  parodies real people in the publishing industry, there were a few characters who I suspect may have themselves been parodies of people - or tropes - in real life.

I liked the subplot of Robin, Cormoran's assistant, and her struggles with her fiancé, and the tension between him and Cormoran. I also felt that seeing a little more into Cormoran's backstory helped us understand him even more.

I don't read lots of crime novels, so if you aren't big into the genre rest assured that this is still a great read. I hope it overtakes We Were Liars (which I think I need to reread before forming a final opinion) to become the book of the Summer!

It does spoil The Cuckoo's Calling, so if you've yet to read that, then read it first before moving onto The Silkworm, but you don't need to remember anything from the first book for this to make sense.

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