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A book about books (fiction or nonfiction) ~ The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith ~ #eclecticreader and @bookdout

on March 8, 2016

For my post on A Book about Books (fiction or nonfiction), I am reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. Right now I am only 50% into the book, so I cannot reveal my overall opinion of the novel, but I would like to discuss what I have assessed thus far. In The Silkworm, we see again from the book Cuckoo’s Calling‘s Cormoran Strike, a London based private detective and his secretary Robin Ellacott. The first book in the series was about the possible suicide, or potential murder, of a famous model. We were given a glimpse into the fashion world, and all that it contains. In the second book of the series we learn about all about the publishing industry. A semi well-known author has gone missing after a scandalous novel has been leaked. In it, many individuals in the author’s life are thinly veiled characters. The way the author discusses them, they are represented as vile human beings, or have  details about their personal and private lives revealed. Most everyone involved are upset and getting lawyers involved, while the author claims he will self-publish on the internet if they do not publish the novel outright. There is a problem, however. The author is nowhere to be found. Strike is hired by the author’s wife to locate her missing husband. The fact that he has been missing for several days is not unusual, he will often go off on his own, but this time is different. This time, his wife is concerned. Could there be something to the worry? Could this be more than just a case of missing person?

In The Silkworm, Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) does a wonderful job of spinning a mystery. She is a master of writing, evident with the success of the Harry Potter series. This time the books are geared towards adults, and she does not disappoint. The characters are well developed, the story has great detail, and you care what happens to them. Right now I am 50% in, and while I have one suspect, there has not been too much that would give away who-dun-it. I love the growth of Cormoran, and Robin in particular. It is great to see her with a desire to become more involved in the investigation. Maybe she will go so far as to let Strike know her feelings on the matter. I am loving this book right now, and it is quite an addictive read. The story is interesting, the characters are interesting, and the growing mystery certainly catches your attention. I cannot wait to find out how this one ends!


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