The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

MondayMini3Getting 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…

The Silkworm by Robert GalbraithCover of The Silkworm
Mulholland Books ~ June 9, 2014 ~ 455 pages
Hachette Audio ~ Robert Glenister ~ 17 hours 22 minutes

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.


  • At 2014.09.08 07:56, Krista Miller said:

    Yes it is ridiculous that you have not read the HP series! Get to it already 🙂 This review was spot on though! I loved this book and can’t wait for the next in the series. Rowling is a genius 😉

    • At 2014.09.08 08:11, Beth F said:

      Had to skim because I’m still listening to Cuckoo’s Calling. I love Glenister’s narration!

      • At 2014.09.08 17:06, Sandy said:

        Glenister IS perfection. I am almost giddy when I’m listening to him, he is so spot-on and effortless. It is right up there with the Tana French novels…audio or nothing. And Jesus on His Throne Jen, please read the Harry Potter series! They are so amazing. I’ve read the books several times over, but for one entire year, the kids and I listened to the entire series on audio. Another perfect narration. I shall never be able to listen to that guy narrate anything else.

        • At 2014.09.09 13:44, mari said:

          I am the opposite. I have read all the HP books multiple times but have not read any of her adult books. This series sounds like one I would enjoy, though.

          • At 2014.09.10 00:22, Jess - A Book Hoarder said:

            Okay, let’s start with…read HP. Go do it now. And the audiobook isn’t too shabby on it either. I can’t wait to start The Silkworm. I just finished The Cuckoo’s Calling and was so happy with my lack of disappointment. I thought it was going to be so overrated so I’m glad It sounds like tmThe Silkworm is going to be just as good.

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              I liked HP enough. I thought books 1-4 were very good but then never did finish the series. I just didn’t feel compelled to. I have not read any of her adult books. Maybe because I petered out with her others? Maybe because it’s just not my thing but everyone raves about them.

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