Book Banter: The Silkworm

contentTitle: The Silkworm
Author: Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Mystery
Length: 464 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Cormoran Strike’s job has increasing difficulty due to his fame and notoriety of the Lula Landry case. His workload is enough that he is having trouble keeping up and Robin is turning away customers. Because he did such a stellar job, he lands the case of Owen Quine, a mid list author, who has disappeared.

Banter Points: I liked this case much better than the Lula Landry case. Quine was an interesting person, even if he wasn’t someone that I would have liked much. He was a bully and a braggart, and I love how Strike continued to push for the right answer, refusing to accept to the limitation that his private investigator status puts on him or the results of the police department. He identifies strongly with Leonora, Quine’s wife, which I believe speaks strongly to Strike’s moral character.

I also really like the conversations that Robin and Quine never have but I as a reader get to see due to the third person point of view that Galbraith uses. It isn’t quite third person all knowing as it is confined to those two characters, but it is a spot of head jumping that works well in the audio format.

Bummer Points: At times, this was a gruesome tale and you can’t unlearn some things. I did think it was appropriate in the end, based on the various things one learned as you read the book, but yikes. I really hope that this isn’t typical of the types of crimes that Strike will face. There’s a place for this in the mystery genre, but it isn’t a place that I really like to visit frequently.

Stacie’s Recommendation: This is a great series to listen too. I’m really glad that I decided to give the J.K. Rowling pseudonym a try. I’m pretty impressed to with the audio version and will likely stick with that.

Bonus:  Bethany’s review appeared previously on the Word Nerds here.


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