I am a fan of detective novels and I like J.K. Rowling, so when I found out that this “Robert Galbraith” was a pseudonym of Rowling, I thought that it was the perfect combination of elements that I have to read the book as soon as possible.
This book was amazing.
I say that without any stars in my eyes regarding J.K. Rowling. I read Harry Potter, yes, but only once – years ago when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I certainly was no fan girl. This is for the best, because I am judging this book on its own merit.
The writing is wonderful; Rowling has a great way with words. I loved the descriptions, the vocabulary, people’s little quirks, – all of it. Very well-written!
The mystery is excellent, it slowly comes together and it is fun to piece it together alongside Strike. I felt like it really worked and was very clever. This book is 455 pages and at some places it was slow, real slow, tedious interviews, but right when I was like feeling little bore, bam! the tempo changed and all of the pieces of the puzzle were starting to fall into place albeit all trouble, you get a good speed of narrative and then you see Comoran Strike as an awesome detective worthy to be side-by-side with Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade.
Also, I like that the character is smoking cigarettes. I am not pro or anti-smoking, I just think that it’s silly that nowadays almost all authors are like too much afraid of using characters with the habit of smoke like if that would alienate the readers. I am not here to discuss about medicine and health, I just say that a private detective looks cool smoking.
So, if you decide to read this book, please finish it , don’t leave it in the middle of the reading because you’re getting bored, I can guarantee you that the smashing ending with be worthy of keeping with the book until the great end.
Bravo Rowling, you did it again! 😉
If there is a second book in this series, I’ll be there to read it too.