by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)
Wow! Fantastic! Best book of the series so far!
So much to say; where to start?
Holy moly does Galbraith/Rowling have a dark side because these books are downright gruesome. I suppose it’s nothing ‘novel’ (pun intended), but it seems that way when the author wrote Harry Potter. I can totally understand the use of a pseudonym to separate this work from her children’s lit.
This book is much like the first books, structured with a very in-depth array of interviews and information that really explore the case and all the characters to a fascinating degree. There’s so much background here, so much detail that it really brings out all the characters involved. So much characterization, something i feel starved of in far too many novels.
The story follows Cormoran and Robin as they hunt down a killer specifically targeting them. The killer’s sick plan destroys their fledgling business. It’s her most skillful book yet when it comes to laying out the breadcrumbs and sending the reader in different directions. I loved it! Must have thought I had the killer pegged three different times. lol And, while it first brings the investigator’s closer together, and deepens their relationship, Cormoran’s protective need to keep Robin out of the killer’s clutches eventually has the two of them growing apart, until their relationship ruptures completely.
Cormoran and Robin’s relationship takes an all new depth, then deepens again and again, and is every bit as important as the main plot. It was so tantalizing to watch the pair dance around each other, their prospective romance edging in as her relationship with her fiancé falls apart. Then, a doubly explosive finish at the end that I’d love to share but would ruin everything if you haven’t read it yet.
The author did a mastuful job inserting chapters for the killer, keeping everything spotless of definite details, teasing different suspects, and definitely raising the tension as the mastermind targets Robin with his bloody knives. The book’s pace was fairly typical of the series so far, though more tense than books 1 and 2, but the last bit really flew by. What an incredible ending! I was racing through the last pages, desperate to find out what would happen. So good!
If you haven’t read this series yet – do! Start from book 1 and read them all. I can’t wait for book 4! 😀