BBB Book Review - The Silkworm

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I took the pictures for this book review what seems like months  ago! I had intended to post it before Christmas, however life got in the way. So even if you've had books for Christmas, who says you can't put those Christmas pennies towards another right?

Most people by now are well aware that Robert Galbraith is the detective-novel pseudonym of J K Rowling. The Silkworm is the follow up to the first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo's Calling.

"When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . ."

I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling and was therefore excited for the next installment. I wasn't dissapointed, athough I would say I didn't enjoy it as much as a the previous one. It follows a similar format to the previous book and overall is a really good yarn. I enjoyed how the charcters were developed further. It was good to learn more about Comoran's background, and the development of his and Robin's relationship. 

The difficulty I had was the amount of characters with slightly odd names. I found it hard to keep track of who everyone was and what they had said at certain points - I found myself having to flick back to remind myself of what had happened to understand what was happening. It detract from the enjoyment somewhat, and at times I don't think every character was entirely necessary to progress the story.
The Silkworm is the perfect book for snuggling up on the sofa on a cold miserable day with a hot chocolate.

Have you read The Silkworm?


  1. This is on my list of books to read for 2015, having finished The Cuckoos Calling several weeks ago. I'm quite eager to read more of Cormoran Strike, and I quite like the friend/work relationship he had with Robin in the first book. They made quite a good team, and I there was quite a bit of humor throughout, so am looking forward to reading The Silkworm.
    Claire x

    1. The relationship develops really well in this book. I think you will enjoy it!


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