Gripping Crime Fiction with an Unusual Main Character
Book Lovers, this one is for you.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw this on the shelf of my local library.
I have wanted to read it since I saw it in Kinokuniya, but I had to refrain from buying it as my tiny Japanese apartment just doesn’t do well with continually adding to clutter, and also foreign language books are expensive here!
For those of you who may not be aware, Robert Galbraith is the pen name of J.K. Rowling for this crime fiction series.
I can totally understand why she would want to have a pseudonym, and I find it quite interesting that she chose a man’s name as well. Not so different from the Bronte sisters!
I actually wish that it hadn’t been leaked that she was the author, as it would have been interesting to see if that would have changed the way I felt about this book.
Background to the Story
Honestly, I found it gripping. I couldn’t put it down at night, even knowing that I would suffer from the lack of sleep at work the next day. For me it was worth it though.
The main character and the detective the series revolves around, Cormoran Strike, is quite different from any other I’ve ever read in the realm of detective fiction.
His childhood and family life was difficult, and he is a war veteran back in the UK after having been injured in Afghanistan, with physical and psychological repercussions.
Struggling to keep his business afloat, he hires a temp – Robin Ellacott – who ends up staying on and working with him to solve the case brought to them. They are asked to re-investigate the suicide of beautiful and troubled model Lula Landry by her brother, who doesn’t believe this to be the case.
My Thoughts on the Book
I found the book really well written, and like all the best stories I had no idea who the guilty party was right up until the end, even though it’s clear the detective has put two and two together from his notes and discussions with people who knew the model who fell to her death.
The book seems ginormous, but Rowling (or Galbraith if you like) spins the story so well that getting through it is effortless – almost too quick even.
There is such a varied and colourful cast of characters, and their relationships and interactions with each other and with Cormoran and Robin are entertaining, and London is atmospheric and gritty as ever.
This book is definitely for you if you love detective and crime fiction.
As soon as I had finished it, I knew I had to read the next books in the series no matter what.
If you have someone in your life who is a die-hard crime fiction reader, this book, or even the set of three in the series would make an amazing gift for any special occasion during the year – birthdays, summer holiday, Christmas, commute reading, any other special occasion you can imagine.
I would definitely consider gifting this book to someone in my life.
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