Strike and Robin are two of the most interesting characters you will ever meet. Their relationship is purely human and isn’t something that is overplayed like a lot of books written in our time and age.
Robin is sent a LEG to the office. That’s right folks, the crazy at last is catching up to the detective-pair and they are now getting it sent through the post and to their office door.
They call their police friend, mainly because he is the only police office that doesn’t hate Strike, Wardle and they start an investigation. Strike gives him the name of four men who could have possibly sent the leg associated with him.
While the police investigate, so do the private detectives…
You learn more about Robin and how she has become the girl she is today. You learn her insecurities and how she has overcome them, you see her struggle to see Matthew’s point of view of his hatred for her job and her boss and her constant need to be reassured she is valued by Strike as a partner and now an assistant.
Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) is a phenomenal writer and really makes you fall in love with the two main characters that she has created. Even sidekicks, like Shanker in this book, are characters you will be able to laugh at.
Robert Glenister is the reader of this audiobook, and might I say that he did a MARVELOUS job making the characters jump to life. The emotion that he puts into their characters… it is just awe striking. He reads the former books in this series as well; so it just brings a smile to your heart to hear the same voice telling you a different story with the same characters.
The writing that Galbraith brings to the book allows you to know the details of the surroundings but leaves enough room for your imagination.
What bothers me, which really is a good thing for these types of books, is that Galbraith lets you know that Strike knows who the killer is, but won’t actually tell you. Again, I am someone who LOVES spoilers (helps with the anxiousness of not knowing, cut me some slack). And trust me, I searched and searched for the answer to this riddle and come up with nothing at all.
Robin and Strike’s relationship rides a fine like. They have a maybe-love between them but neither one of them would want to ruin the working relationship they have. It is a stressful thing for those who “ship” them, but really I see it as a human interaction that we don’t get enough of. Most stories, the characters who have feelings for each other do stupid things in order to get together. Robin and Strike have common sense, which is something I admire people and characters, and they don’t just jump into the nearest bed when they are alone together.
Do they end up together? You’ll have to read about that.
Also, I was wrong about who I thought the killer was. I’m a little hurt by that but I’ll get over it. It’s a marvelous story. Best of the three!