The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2 by Robert Galbraith
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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith is the second novel in the Cormoran Strike series. Cormoran Strike’s business has seen significant improvement after solving the Lula Landry case. Several months after that case Strike is hired by Leonora Quine to find her missing husband Owen Quine. Owen is a past literary genius who was struggling to recreate his previous success.
His latest book Bombyx Mori was deemed unpublishable by his publisher. Every chapter in the book seems to be based on some of Quine’s acquaintance- his publisher, wife, other writers, his lover etc. Leonora believes that Owen’s disappearance has something to do with the manuscript of his latest novel.
As Stike begins the investigations, his relationship with Robin Ellacott worsens further. Robin feels neglected by Strike while Strike himself does not want to put her in a position where she has to choose between her job and her fiance Matthew. Robin’s relationship with Matthew is strained when she misses to attend his mother’s funeral and gets caught while she was making an excuse. Strike warns her that if she undertakes the investigation, she may have to do things which will not be liked by Matthew.
The animosity and differences between them diffuses when Owen’s body is discovered by Strike in a mutilated form and douses with acid, resembling the end of the Bombyx Mori. The police suspect Leonora and arrest her. Strike sets out in his investigation further and interviews Owen’s personal and professional contacts. Together Strike and Robin encounter puzzles and mysteries which need to be solved while they investigate the case further.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith received positive reviews from the critics. The author does a good job of developing the characters further in the second book of the series. The relationship between Strike and Robin is complex and depicted cleverly in the book.
The various phases of the protagonist’s lives also find a mention in the book which make them look more human and having a life beyond the investigation. The narrative is compact and the plot is fast-paced which keeps the readers engaged till the climax. The Silkworm is a masterly crafted mystery which will keep the most intelligent of the readers guessing till the final few pages. This is a recommended read.