Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
As someone who has enjoyed (The Casual Vacancy) and downright devoured (The Cuckoo’s Calling and now The Silkworm) all of J. K. Rowling’s adult novels, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that I haven’t at least tried to read the Harry Potter series. I had the best of plans as the year began, but I got sidetracked. The Silkworm just makes me want to read them all the more. I think it would make a good winter project. Now, back to the book at hand…
In The Silkworm, we find Cormoran Strike months after the case that made him famous. While his work has risen in esteem, he’s not as financially solvent as he’s like to be. That doesn’t mean Cormoran won’t be Cormoran. When an existing client pisses him off, he hurriedly accepts a job from the wife of author Owen Quine. The writer has disappeared and she wants him to come back home. When Cormoran takes a closer look, he finds this choice might be ill advised. It does not take long, however, for Cormoran and Robin to get hip deep in a case which becomes decidedly more complex than either could have imagined.
Just as interesting as the case surrounding Owen Quine was the growth in Cormoran’s relationship with Robin. Her wedding is drawing near and there is plenty of unresolved tension between the detective and Robin’s fiance, who never wanted her to work for Cormoran in the first place. I am looking forward to the next book even more to find out where this goes next.
Once again, Robert Glenister’s narration is perfection. He picked up with Cormoran and Robin where he left off with The Cuckoo’s Calling and he was spot on with the menagerie of literary characters in this novel. I am quite sure that these novels are excellent in print, but I am and always will be a Robert Glenister fan. So long as he narrates, I will be following this series in audio. I can’t imagine it any other way.