The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Written under pseudo-name by JK Rowling, I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. It was receiving the third novel in the Cormoran Strike series for Christmas, Career of Evil, which really pushed me to finish this book. I’ve certainly started reading it several times only to be distracted by other books due to the large amount of characters often feeling like an overload of information, and more than once I’ve had to flick back to the beginning of each character’s introduction to remind myself who’s who. This was something I found in The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Casual Vacancy, and is a challenge I now expect in Rowling’s work. However, the story never disappoints and you’re certainly rewarded for your perseverance in remembering the characters through the powerful endings. I’m certainly glad I finished it, as the ending is even more gripping than The Cuckoos Calling. Rowling has the skill of constantly pushing your focus around- every character’s a suspect and on one page you’re sure one character did it, the next page you’re positive it’s another. If you’ve read any other reviews, you’ll already know it’s a bit of a gory book. Thrillingly squeamish, it’s not for those who don’t’ take gleeful delight in the sickening- and one revelation at the end will certainly make you squirm in horror. Think Human Centipede-esque – but bearable. As you’d expect from a novel by JK Rowling, it’s a book to get your hands on. With an unforeseeable ending, you’ll be placed on a train you don’t know you’re on to a destination you weren’t aware was possible.


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