Review│Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)

career of evilAuthor: Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) // First published:  October 2015 // Genre: Mystery, Thriller
This edition: 497 pages, published in October 2015 by Mulholland Books // Get it @TheBookDepository

Read in October 2015

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

My thoughts

I really shouldn’t wait that long after I’ve read the book to write my reviews… But I’ve been sidetracked.
Alright. Career of Evil is the 3rd book in the Cormoran Strike series, so as always, beware of potential spoilers on the previous books.

This one, so far, is my favourite of the series. Cormoran and Robin have a pretty well established working relationship, and their mutual trust and respect for each other is becoming more and more of a given. With this book, we dive more into the personal lives of our main characters; we learn a lot about Robin and previous events in her life that were only into to in the previous books, we get more of a sense of her relationship with her fiancé, etc. From the reviews I’ve read or seen on BookTube, the focus seems to be on Robin and the fact that we do learn more about her, but I think that Cormoran should not be overlooked; he is the main character, so of course we knew a little bit more about him than about Robin, but in this book, we also take a walk down Cormoran’s memory lane and get to see different aspects of his life/youth, with a focus on his mother and the men in her life, which played a big role in who Cormoran is today.

In terms of the mystery of the book (the severed leg… for starters), this one is definitely the most gruesome of the 3 books, so it was “great” to read around Halloween. But it might also be the most complex and interesting, because this time around, we get glimpses into the psyche of our “villain” (to say the least), and it gives more material for the reader to play detective as well and try to figure things out. I personally am a very bad detective, but I do enjoy the process of getting all the clues and trying to solve it alongside our characters.

My rating:

For some reason, it always takes me quite a while to get through these books, probably because they are dense and complex (and the fact that I usually am used to paperbacks with big font and margins, which make you think that you read fast), but I always very much enjoy my time reading them. This one was no different. 4.5/5

It is always a pleasure to dive into a J.K. Rowling book, and I can’t wait for the next one.

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