I LOVED listening to this book instead of reading it. I think that is a reason why this review will be so positive.
It leaves off a few months after the ending of The Cuckoo’s Calling, which affects this book in a kind of a back-burning way.
For example, Robin is still engaged but it is on the rocks because Michael isn’t a fan of Robin’s choice in careers. With that turmoil, it really affects the flow and way of the book because she lets her emotions towards that situation guide her.
Another example is the ending of The Cuckoo’s Calling. Without spoiling the ending of the first book (even though you really should read the first book first, though it isn’t really necessary), the police are holding a grudge against Strike because he showed them up on the case that was the base of the first book. They don’t want to listen to him, they treat him horribly because they can and when he gives them another suspect to the current case, they ignore him.
The writing in this book is the same as the first. Rowling/Galbraith has a clear voice (very different from the books that made her so unnaturally popular) and tells this mystery in a way that makes you want more.
I know a lot of people are finding this work harder to read and not really giving it a shot, which I think is an unfair assessment. Rowling is writing to a different audience and is allowed to change the way she writes because of it. Each story has a few twists and turns and keeps you interested.
When you set apart this work from the Harry Potter work, you will see its value.
I like this series. It isn’t my favorite, but I would pick it up again in a few years.