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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2)

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28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

A Bloody Good Read.

A Bloody Good Read. 'Cuckoo's Calling' is a terrific book--which really needs to be read to thoroughly enjoy this follow up. However, I find 'S...
A Bloody Good Read. 'Cuckoo's Calling' is a terrific book--which really needs to be read to thoroughly enjoy this follow up. However, I find 'Silkworm' improving upon the previous novel in several ways. This is a leaner, meaner, faster, and more carefully edited read than the first Strike book. 'Cuckoo' did, at times, drag with unnecessary repetition of events and too much pondering of circumstances. This does not. It starts off at a gallop and stays there until a rather breathtaking finish. Once again, there is a rather labyrinth plot and cast of characters--you have to give it awhile to keep everyone and everything straight--but it is absolutely worth the ride. Strike continues to be a compelling main character whose layers promise to be further revealed in future books--and his sidekick, Robin, is a delight just as she was in the first book. But here--we find out a lot more about her; she grows as a character and it is refreshing to see her start reconsidering and re-evaluating her choices and earlier desires. The last interaction between Robin and Strike in this book is especially charming. One note of caution: the crime in this is far bloodier and gorier than in the previous novel. There are graphic descriptions of violence here--and for the especially squeamish--well, be forewarned. And the conclusion of the mystery may take a second read to pull it all together. But overall, a wonderful addition from Rowling (and yes, once again, there are some fun shout outs to the world of Potter)

posted by irishclaireKG on June 26, 2014

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6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I have like her works including her last book under this pen nam

I have like her works including her last book under this pen name. This one grossed me out and I will not finish reading it as it gave me nightmares.

posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2014

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    A Bloody Good Read.

    A Bloody Good Read. 'Cuckoo's Calling' is a terrific book--which really needs to be read to thoroughly enjoy this follow up. However, I find 'Silkworm' improving upon the previous novel in several ways. This is a leaner, meaner, faster, and more carefully edited read than the first Strike book. 'Cuckoo' did, at times, drag with unnecessary repetition of events and too much pondering of circumstances. This does not. It starts off at a gallop and stays there until a rather breathtaking finish. Once again, there is a rather labyrinth plot and cast of characters--you have to give it awhile to keep everyone and everything straight--but it is absolutely worth the ride. Strike continues to be a compelling main character whose layers promise to be further revealed in future books--and his sidekick, Robin, is a delight just as she was in the first book. But here--we find out a lot more about her; she grows as a character and it is refreshing to see her start reconsidering and re-evaluating her choices and earlier desires. The last interaction between Robin and Strike in this book is especially charming. One note of caution: the crime in this is far bloodier and gorier than in the previous novel. There are graphic descriptions of violence here--and for the especially squeamish--well, be forewarned. And the conclusion of the mystery may take a second read to pull it all together. But overall, a wonderful addition from Rowling (and yes, once again, there are some fun shout outs to the world of Potter)

    28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I could not put this book down. The plot kept me hooked from sta

    I could not put this book down. The plot kept me hooked from start to finish. A must read!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Compelling Plot.

    Very Compelling Plot.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    an EXCELLENT  follow up. Could not put it down. Intricate plot,

    an EXCELLENT  follow up. Could not put it down. Intricate plot, interesting band of characters and a wonderful set up for a burgeoning partnership 

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Again JK Rowling has done what she does best. A solid bestseller

    Again JK Rowling has done what she does best. A solid bestseller if there ever was one. The plot was great and the ending a real surprise.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    J.K. Rowling is truly the Queen of Literature

    J.K. Rowling is truly the Queen of Literature

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    The plot is convoluted and confusing, if not confused. The main

    The plot is convoluted and confusing, if not confused. The main character inflicts so much harm on myself, that
    I cannot be sympathetic. If the book were written by anyone else, it would sink to the bottom of the sales
    charts where it deserves.

    Rowling return to your magic!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Rowling finds her groove

    This book is superior to A Cuckoo's Calling, but you really need to read the earlier book to fully appreciate The Silkworm. What sparkles in both books are the two main characters, Cormoran and his assistant Robin. To fully appreciate the interplay between the two, you need to start with the earlier book.

    While the earlier book was fairly good (while not outstanding, still worth reading), there were times it dragged somewhat. With The Silkworm, Rowling has put together the full package: good writing featuring some excellent descriptive passages, a mystery that befuddles, interesting interplay between Cormoran and Robin, and a final solution to the mystery that both surprises and ties together the entire novel. Very satisfying.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Disturbing, Grafic Images

    Why did she think her readers would enjoy such disgusting descriptions? Hope her next one is less disturbing.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I have like her works including her last book under this pen nam

    I have like her works including her last book under this pen name. This one grossed me out and


    I will not finish reading it as it gave me nightmares.

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    This is an exceptional read. 

    This is an exceptional read. 

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Better than the first! That said, you really have to pay attent

    Better than the first! That said, you really have to pay attention in the beginning or you will have to go back.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Don't wast your time

    This book is not like Cuckoo's calling . It is gross and is a waste of money to buy it and waste of time to read it.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Ok look!

    I can post on a preorder book joy!

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    In this second of Galbraith's Cormoran Strike books, the moody L

    In this second of Galbraith's Cormoran Strike books, the moody London detective is hired by the wife of
    an eccentric novelist known for theatrics and periodic disappearances. Owen Quine has vanished yet
    again, this time with his latest manuscript, a novel which has more than one member of London's
    publishing community outraged and threatening legal action. Cormoran isn't sure why he's bothering
    with the case since the guy is likely just hiding out with another woman and, anyway, the wife can't pay
    his bill. But Cormoran does take the case and soon discovers that his "missing person" is a murder
    victim. 

    This book is not for the squeamish. The murder of Owen Quine is vicious and messy, and Galbraith
    spares us none of the gory details. Balancing this violence is a cast of quirky, eccentric characters, each
     with enough back story to fill his or her own novel. There are few if any true innocents in THE
    SILKWORM. At the same time, the author manages to allow even the most unlikable of his creations to
    reveal moments of pathos and humanity. Galbraith's London, in the grips of winter, is yet another strong
    character, hard and grimy, holding ugly secrets behind the doors of even its most esteemed addresses. 

    Over the course of the investigation, Galbraith continues to build the awkward, often uneasy relationship
    between Cormoran and Robin, his receptionist/apprentice/conscience started in THE CUCKOO'S
    CALLING. Cormoran sublimates his confused feelings for Robin in his pathological dedication to his
     work--riling police officials and nearly everyone else he comes into contact with. For her part, Robin
    attempts to plan her wedding to a man she doesn't seem to like very much, while yearning to know what
     her true role is in Cormoran's world, which holds a macabre fascination for her. Rather than running from
    the darkness and violence, she campaigns to get even more involved with it. We also get hints that, like Cormoran, she Robin a past that weighs on her. 

    One technical hiccup mars a generally excellent reading experience. The dialog. Galbraith can be
    miserly with speaker tags. And sometimes the tags are misleading, especially when the speeches
    extend, as they often do in this book, into multiple paragraphs.

    In spite of the periodic speaker confusion, THE SILKWORM is an enthralling read that left me even
    more addicted to the Cormoran Strike series, where singular characters and twisting plots transform
    murder into an immersion experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Compelling story by a proven story teller.

    Galbraith, AKA Rowling, has mastered this genre with a fascinating and fully human character, Cormoran Strike. I enjoyed her first book and eagerly anticipated this second, and was not disappointed. Strike promises to be a lasting detective character who will take his place among the greats, i.e., Sam Spade, Kurt Wallander and of course, Sherlock Holmes. Robin Ellacott, whom we met in the first book, is rapidly transcending her position as Strike's secretary to become his "Dr. Watson" despite fierce opposition from her fiance.

    Galbraith's Strike, an amputee, hobbles painfully through a British setting that comes to life with Rowling's sparing but vivid exposition. Though a loner, Strike is nonetheless surrounded by interesting and offbeat characters from the London literary scene, and who should know more about that than J. K. Rowling.

    Without getting into the plot details, it should be said that this literary mystery is intriguing and sure to hold your interest to the last line.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Terrific read!

    Terrific detective novel, with appealing protagonist, fascinating characters, strong plot, and excellent writing. A brilliant portrayal of the world of publishing, literary agents, and writers, with all their rivalries and neuroses on display. What more can one ask?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

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    Another home run for J.K. Rowling!

    Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) keeps getting better and better! Finished "Silkworm" in less than 2 days as I could not put it down! Just like the first novel in this series "Cuckoo's Calling" Rowling delivers a truly compelling mystery with very unexpected plot twists as the mystery starts to come to a close.

    I will make this simple, READ THIS BOOK! Mystery lovers, Rowling lovers, or those looking for the "next big thing" get your hands on this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Jk rowling aka robert galabrath

    Yep

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Suggestion

    Survivors. Romance/death story.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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