My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Following his previous successes, business is booming for private investigator Cormoran Strike. That is until his assistant, Robin Ellacott, is sent a severed leg in the post. With the police focusing on the most unlikely suspect, Strike and Robin decide to investigate three other men from Strike’s past with both the motive and brutality necessary to commit the crime. As the two close in on the culprit, he may just be closing in on them…
An intense and exciting installment in the series. There is no doubt that Robert Galbraith aka Rowing is one of the most talented writers of our times. She certainly knows how to ratchet up the tension as she slowly but surely leads the reader down the garden path with red herrings and misdirection only to deliver an exciting twist and satisfying resolution.
New and fascinating details concerning Strike and Robin’s pasts emerge to enthrall the reader and pull them even deeper into the developing relationship between these two captivating characters. Robin has always been an intelligent and independent woman, but the tremendous strength of her will is even more apparent in this installment. Likewise, the insights into Strike’s former life are engrossing.
The secondary characters ranging from Matthew, Robin’s obnoxious fiancé, to Shanker, Strike’s amoral friend, to the sadistic and perverted killer are all fleshed out well and contribute to the gripping effect of the story.
All in all, a spine tingling thriller with incredible characters that will keep you coming back for more.
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