I’m not positive where to start with this review. All I can say is that if you read this book merely because you love the Harry Potter series, you may be disappointed.
I for one love the Harry Potter series and I was NOT disappointed by this book merely because I understand that this is a different type of writing, a different audience, and a completely different world going into it.
I understood that the reason J.K. Rowling wrote this book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was to get it out from under the shadow of Harry Potter and into its own light.
Strike and Robin are completely different characters with backgrounds I loved to learn about throughout the book: Strike a bastard to a famous name and Robin newly engaged.
John Bristow comes into Strike’s office on the first day of Robin’s temporary secretary job wanting Strike to investigate his famous model sister, Lula Landry’s suicide. He believes that she was actually killed and that the police just shrugged it off as a suicide because of her mental medical history.
Rowling gave each and every character a unique voice.
Robin is excited to watch a private detective (Strike) work since it was something she was always interested in. She likes to get noticed for the little things she does and likes to feel important.
Strike hates to live under the shadow of his father. He has a war wound and doesn’t like to show it off to people. He gets straight to the point and is very keen to what people are saying between their actual words. Not to mention his crazy ex-girlfriend.
There are other characters that are super interesting like John, Lula’s adoptive older brother, her friends Ciara and Rochelle, her designer Guy, the boyfriend Duffield and her neighbors the Bestigui couple. Everyone has a secret they are holding, even if they aren’t completely aware.
Each person talks differently, even with just the writing.
I’m not going to give away the ending of this book, but it isn’t an ending one would expect. Though, I would like to say I am one of those people who like the ending of books spoiled, so I knew who it was the whole time, but I didn’t know the motive or how it was done.
This book is completely geared towards the adult world and can be a little hard to concentrate sometimes. Her sentences get a little runny with detail that, in my opinion, didn’t really need to be stated. She does paint the whole scene for you though. The story is worth reading through the ten-line long sentences.
I really enjoy Rowling’s writing. She is very diverse in what she can write and I look up to her and her abilities to grab the attention of the reader when it is needed. I am looking forward to reading the next books of this series, The Silkworm and The Career of Evil.