Friday, 30 October 2015

Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Book: Career of Evil

Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Pages: 497

Read on: Kindle

Read in: 3-4 days

Plot Summary: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Things I Liked: Quick list:
1. Another Cormoran Strike book! YAY! Suffice to say, I have very much enjoyed this new avatar of Ms. Rowling. Reviews of the first two books in the series can be found here and here. I have been most eagerly waiting for this book and was so happy to have liked it even more than the previous books! More YAY! 

2. This book reminded me of why I loved the Harry Potter books so much. J.K. Rowling goes into fantastic amounts of detail to build the world of each character. We get the back-stories of Robin, Cormoran and various other key characters in this book and I simply loved getting to know Robin and Cormoran better! 

3. The three main serial killer suspects were such ghastly sub-human specimens! The author has provided us with a range of evil- from your garden variety psychopath to a truly misogynistic sociopath. This range of 'evil-ness' keeps the reader guessing who the real killer is. 

4. Unlike the first book- The Cuckoo's Calling- where the killer was super-easy to guess, in this book, the author lays out many subtle breadcrumbs, which, can lead the careful and vigilant reader straight to the killer. Also, the red herrings were pretty good and not very obvious. Clearly, Rowling is getting better at this genre. 

5. I loved that Robin played a very important and significant part in this investigation. She truly comes into her own and also does a wonderful job at profiling who this killer is. I really enjoyed her involvement in this story. 

Things I Didn't Like: Not much.. I wish the editing was a bit crisper. There was a lot of detail, some of which was not required. The book would have been much more engaging if it were tightly edited. 

Rating: 4.5/5 
If you have not read this new series from J.K. Rowling, you totally must!! You will not be disappointed! 

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