This is now the fifth novel in the Strike series by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling, and it’s a real whopper, clocking in at just shy of one thousand pages.
For the first time, Strike and his compadre Robin take on a cold case, investigating unsolved murders suspected to have been committed by a serial killer over forty years previously. It’s a long journey with a cast of seemingly thousands – witnesses, suspects and clues – which runs alongside the ‘will they, won’t they’ tension between Strike and the recently divorced Robin. At times, I felt a bit of judicious editing of some of the longer passages wouldn’t have gone amiss, but I suppose Rowling is in such a powerful position as an author these days that what she says perhaps goes! (see also Stephen King). The plot is as convoluted as you’d expect, but the climax, when it eventually arrives, certainly doesn’t disappoint. As someone who has read all the previous novels in this series, I really enjoyed this, but it’s probably not the best place to start if you’re a newcomer.
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other books in this series, thrillers.
One thing you’ve learned
Presumably this story will eventually be adapted for television as the other books have been, and it will be very interesting to see how they handle the subject matter of this one.