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…
This is one I read about a year ago, and since the new TV series is out, I thought it would be the perfect time for a review!
Well! The third in the Strike series did not disappoint. The opening few pages were suitably freaky… It’s not every day a novel opens with a limb being delivered on a motorbike… I have thoroughly enjoyed the Galbraith novels – Rowling has creating a pair of incredibly likeable and relatable characters in Strike and Robin, and I feel a real connection to them. Recently, a lot of my reading pile seems to have been focussed around plot, rather than character. That has it’s own merit, but I really feel like the main thing I look for in a novel is that connection with the characters.
I must confess, I found the middle a little bit sluggish – there was a period of time where I didn’t feel the information added to the plot and the surveillance was a lot of back and forth. HOWEVER, true to form for the Strike novels, a lot of this began to make more sense in the final pages. Personally, it wasn’t my favourite of the three – I have seen a lot of people say it was the best and that they enjoyed the second one the least, but for me I think it’s the other way around! Don’t let that put you off though – it’s through and through a good read, and it’s so personal to Strike that I think it makes up for its misgivings.
For the first time, you really get to delve into Strike’s personality, his feelings and his emotions. Although things have been hinted at in Cuckoo and Silkworm, I feel like this novel really unpicks Strike’s feelings on life, love and London, and it’s really refreshing! The first two allow you to connect with him on a character level, but Career helps you connect with him on a human level.
Has anyone read any of the Strike novels? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
PS. The second episode of Career of Evil is on tomorrow night on the BBC, so if you want to avoid spoilers, turn off at around 9!