Hello Bookish People !!!
Before we get into this review, a quick announcement, please do check my previous post for a Q & A announcement and if interested, please do leave your question in the comments section of that post. Thank you ! Moving ahead …
Finally ! I’m putting up a review !!! This has taken a while because first I had an exam (by now I’ve said this so many times that I can hear people say “Shut Up !”) and then from the books I’ve read recently this is the only book for which I wanted to write a full review. As for the other books I’ve been reading, I’ll be putting up their reviews on my instagram feed, because they are mini or even micro reviews.
Also, I’ve decided not to use the 5 star rating system and instead use emojis for my rating system, because it’s an easier way to tell how I feel about the book. Now, if you’re impatient to read the whole thing, scroll down to the end where I’ve put up a list of reasons you should read this book.
Author : Robert Galbraith (a.k.a JK Rowling)
Genre : Crime Fiction/ Mystery
Goodreads Rating : 4.2 / 5
Page count : 512
Preceded by : The Silkworm (if you’re new to the series, scroll down to the first few lines of the review)
Synopsis (Goodreads) : Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.
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…
Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
This is the 3rd book in the Cormoran Strike series of novels by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a JK Rowling). So if you’ve not read the first 2 books of the series, I’d suggest you also read Katie’s Review of the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Now, since it’s the last released book of the series (she’s still working on the highly anticipated 4th book), I decided to start off with what I love about our main character, Cormoran Strike.
What I love about Cormoran Strike – I love mystery and crime fiction books. So obviously, I like a well written “Detective”. What I love the most about Strike is that he’s a very believable private detective. Sure I love Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, but there is a certain “larger than life” quality to them. Whereas Strike seems like a private detective you’d possibly find IRL. Also Strike has an interesting backstory (which I won’t go into here, just in case people consider it a spoiler).
Now coming to the book itself – I absolutely LOVED this book. This series keeps getting better with each book. Rowling does an excellent job at portraying the maniacal, sadistic, creepy and realistic Killer. There are 4 suspects and each equally dangerous and equally capable of sending someone a severed leg. As for the mystery aspect, till about the last 1/3rd of the book (rough estimate), I was pretty confused as to who it could be. Also, trust Rowling to take up issues close to her heart. The first book dealt with a celebrity’s death and hence with the downsides of fame. The second book dealt with the publishing industry and now the third book deals with crime against women.
This book was an absolute thrill !! 512 pages and I finished it in 2 sittings ! Not just the case itself, but also Robin’s and Strike’s respective personal lives took my emotions on a roller-coaster ride.
You can trust JK Rowling when it comes to character development (take Neville Longbottom and Ginny weasely for example), and she doesn’t disappoint. ROBIN ELLACOTT !! Oh my goodness ! I LOVE the way this character has developed over the series. Everyone who wanted more of Robin, you can never complain. We finally get a look into Robin’s backstory as well. STRIKE’s character has also developed quite a bit (unfortunately going into that too much, may lead to another spoiler).
We also have a new character, Shanker (I think he’s new ! I can’t remember reading his name before and yet neither am I sure that I haven’t read his name before). Either ways, we have definitely not seen much of him. He’s the one character I loved in this book and want to see more of, in the future books. I would love to have a friend like him.
and finally MATTHEW !!! Oh how I hate this guy ! and yet it’s understandable why Robin liked him. I’m quite sure almost everyone has come across at least one man like him. There’s a particular sentence in the book which goes, “Strike imagined punching Matthew and enjoying it” and I just hope that happens in a future book (Rowling has a reputation for foreshadowing after all)
Also, these characters have terrible decision making skills. They’re as bad at it as us and that makes them as real as a fictional character can be. All of which ultimately leads to a cliffhanger.
I can’t wait for the 4th book titled “Lethal White” to release. I’m already impatient, and to think that people have been waiting for the 4th book for 2 years !! That cliffhanger’s killing me !
Meanwhile, there’s a BBC TV adaptation of the series coming up with Tom Burke playing the role of Cormoran Strike.
I know this seems less of a review and more of me fangirling over the series, but that’s the only way I can review this book. It’s almost impossible for me to write a sane, well balanced, objective review when I love a book this much. Maybe a few months later, I’ll be able to analyse it better !!
So Here’s a list of reasons why you should read this book/series –
- Believable characters who have enough flaws and yet are loveable.
- A creepy, sadistic, maniacal murderer.
- If you’re a fan of the band Blue Öyster Cult, then a lot of lyric references.
- An amazing and badass Female Sidekick
- A not-so-loveable, not-well-loved-by-the-police, private detective
- Severed limbs (if that interests you in the plot)
- A cliff-hanger ending
- You want to read the books before you watch the TV adaptation, which is going to be telecast in the UK in August this year (that’s next month !!)
MY FINAL RATING – 😍😍😍😍 (not 5 because I’m saving that for future books)
That’s all for now fellow readers !! Please let me know what you think of this review. I would love an honest feedback on this (negative ones included) !!
P.S : A HUGE thanks to my friend Nimrah, whose valuable feedbacks helped in making this review much much better than what I first wrote. Also to my lovely Mom (who happens to be the most critical reviewer of my writings) for reading through this review and giving feedback.