Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Cormoran Strike, #2
Narrator: Robert Glenister
Published: June 2014, Hachette Audio
Length: 17 hours 22 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...
My thoughts: This is the second book in Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The mystery itself was an interesting one, but even more than that, I loved the on-going character development. To me, that's always what keeps me hooked in a series and this one has it and more.
One thing I did notice is that these books do tend to start off a bit slow - it happened in the previous book as well - but once all the background information about the case itself is revealed, the pace really picks up and then you almost don't want to put the book/audio down. I also love when Strike starts in with his random line of questioning - but I get so anxious to find out where he is going with it and sometimes it isn't always revealed right away.
Strike and Robin just work well together...they are an unlikely due, yet they seem to balance each other and I love it. But, will there ever be more than just a working partnership between them? Even though Robin is engaged, I'm not sure that relationship is all that solid or even healthy for her - I really don't like the guy. But do I want something to happen between Strike and Robin? I don't know - that would definitely alter their working relationship and I kinda like the way things are now. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Robert Galbraith has in store for these two!
Audio thoughts: I really am loving Robert Glenister as the narrator of this series...he just seems perfect for both Strike and even Robin's characters and does a good job with the other voices as well. I really do hope he continues to narrate the rest of this series - he just does such a great job with the story, especially with it being so long, it's such a pleasure to listen to his voice!
Books in this series:
- The Cuckoo's Calling
- The Silkworm
- Career of Evil