“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.
Publication date: September 18th 2018
This book has got mixed reviews. However, I really enjoyed it. It’s the longest of the Cormoran Strike series to date but I don’t mind that.
This story starts with the wedding of Robin (Strike’s ex secretary) to Matthew. I always felt that she should never have married Matthew as he seemed more interested in making sure that Robin stayed at home and didn’t work (he came across as he felt that being a woman her place was in the home looking after the house and him). He never did understand how much the type of work she did with Strike meant to her. I also think there was a lot of jealousy on Matthew’s part toward Strike. Later in the book something happens which causes Robin to rethink lots of things about her personal life (you’ll have to read the book to discover what it was she realised).
As usual the story was written in a way that meant it was approachable to for all level of murder/mystery readers. However, if you are into a more intricate plot then this may not be the book for you. Galbraith does a great job of developing the dynamic between Robin and Strike. They obviously care a great deal for one another but it doesn’t come across as a smutty or clichéd romance.
The story itself turned out very differently from what I expected. I thought I had figured out who had committed the murder that this story revolved around only to discover that it was someone else entirely. This shows to me that the development of the characters was very well done and caused the reader to want to keep reading to see what happens. I think it was well worth the investment of time and energy to read. I look forward to reading the next installment.
Recommend for: Adults