Good morning fellow readers! I hope that your week is going well this week! If it hasn’t been the best, take some comfort in knowing that it is almost over. Today I am going to be doing a book review about the book I finished recently. I am trying something slightly different in how I handle my book reviews (even if it may not seem it), so I hope you enjoy it!
You can find a full description of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith HERE.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book! On an overall perspective, I enjoyed the characters the most, with the case being a “background” situation at first. In the end, the case became a larger part of the storyline and I really enjoyed seeing that transition as well. I know that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, however since she prefers to have him listed as the author, I will use that name throughout this review.
I really loved that we got to delve a little bit more into our two main characters from The Cuckoos Calling. As a reader it is always nice to learn more about the main characters and get more understanding of them. I find that in this particular book, Robin really starts to find more of her own voice (although we see her struggle to do so in a very typical “female” way) and I really liked seeing her start to shine more. In this second novel we also get to see a different side of Strike and, in my opinion, we see some growth from his character.
There was one new “case central” character that was introduced that I wasn’t a massive fan of, BUT (big but) I know that a)she was intended to be portrayed and received in that manner and b) she was case central so the chances of us seeing her again in future books is not high. That was why I could put up with her obnoxiousness and my dislike of her as a character. I don’t think she was a bad character, I think she was misunderstood and I think that was what Galbraith wanted.
As for the case that they are trying to solve, I feel that it was more of a “shock and awe” type of case than the first novel. This case could definitely have been a little more haunting to the reader, but we were still in some ways working with characters and character development for it to really impact the reader. We watched how the initial portion affected the characters and as readers, can infer the atrocity that was presented. This is the only point that I felt that Galbraith could have navigated a slight bit better. However, that being said, I prefer shock value and to really be thrown into those uncomfortable (and potentially gory) situations.
I also enjoyed the fact that I thought I knew who had committed the crime, but in the end, I really had no clue. I thought that the story continuously weaved in and out and gave so many different options that the final reveal was a surprise!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m a little bummed that I now have to wait for more! I think that this will be one of those series that each book will present a different case and we will simply see the characters navigating those cases as well as their own problems. I think this will be a good series to just continue to have in your back pocket to pick up and read whenever you need a good read.