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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.WithWhen 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…A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down....

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Career of Evil Reviews

  • Ashley
    2018-10-05 09:23

    October 2015: Oh, man, I have so many thoughts. And I'm also not entirely sure what I think about some of what happened in this book. On the one hand, I LOVED IT. The case and Robin and Strike's personal lives dovetailed beautifully. So much of this book was character shiz, which is my favorite kind of shiz. And I've been saying for the past two books that I wanted MORE ROBIN and MORE ROBIN is exactly what I got. Robin backstory. Robin frontstory. Robin Robin Robin. And the mystery itself was good and different from the last two. In the first book, it was really procedural. Lots of interviews, pounding the pavement, and the central question of whether or not Lula Landry killed herself. It was also an examination of fame and the press. The second book started off as a simple missing persons case that turned into a murder mystery, but it was really a satirization of the publishing industry. But to really make it the trifecta of things JKR is obsessed with, likely because of her own fame in the publishing industry as a woman, this book and its central mystery are all about misogyny and violence against women. The book opens with Robin being sent a woman's severed leg in the mail, and it doesn't let up from there.This case is personal for both Strike and Robin. Strike, because the leg was sent to Robin, the killer is targeting Robin, to get at Strike. There are three men from Strike's past who would be violent and unhinged enough to do something like this. And Robin because of her own history. We finally learn why she dropped out of University. I know that some people have had (and will have) trouble with Robin's backstory, but I don't. Firstly, because it doesn't feel cheap. It feels earned. JKR has clearly been setting it up since day one. And secondly because of Robin herself. Beautiful, complicated, strong and vulnerable Robin. Certainly what happened to her was terrible and traumatizing, but it's not the event itself she has trouble with, but how her friends and family (and Strike) treat her and her ambitions afterwards that she has the most trouble with. Which brings me to Matthew. Motherfucking Matthew. He's just terrible. But this book sheds light on why Robin is with him, despite his terribleness. (view spoiler)[Robin, raped and left for dead by her attacker, left that experience with her ability to empathize amplified, but her ambitions pushed aside by her own trauma, and her family constantly wanting to protect her. She spends years recovering, taking self-defense classes, learning defensive driving, and she's finally reached a place in her life where she is starting to want to move beyond the safe and easy place in her life that Matthew represents. She starts chafing against his insecurity, his disrespect for her, and his inability to see her as the person she feels she is, rather than the one he wants her to be. When she broke up with him half-way through, I was so relieved. Robin herself was so sad at losing that part of her life, but I felt she would eventually come out the other side stronger. I suppose that's still possible, but I think the way it actually shakes out, with her giving in and taking him back after he shows what she sees as true remorse, is the more plausible option. I don't think someone in Robin's mindset, so generous in her feelings for other people, so loyal to someone who's been a huge part of her life for nine years, would be able to just cut ties immediately. I think it's going to be a long, hard process for her. I did feel badly for Matthew in the same instance Robin did, even though I still thought he was a shithead, but he completely lost any and all goodwill the moment he listened to Strike's message for Robin and then deleted it. That is completely and utterly awful, almost worse than him cheating on her during her convalescence, because it means he has no regard for her or her own choices at all. And now she's MARRIED to the fucker! I do hope that Robin's bright smile at Strike at the end means that we won't have to put up with him for long, and that Robin can finally escape out from the shadow of her own fear and misplaced compassion long enough to be happy. (hide spoiler)]The stress of the case also works on Strike and Robin's relationship, and a large portion of the book is spent on (view spoiler)[the dissolution of their partnership, and the crumbling of their business (hide spoiler)], just as the killer intended (although I don't think he's smart enough to have foreseen the psychological nuances of the situation he created--he was going for the blunt force option, framing Strike for murder and taking something away from him, not knowing that the more subtle approach was almost as hurtful). The depth of their conflict and interpersonal relationships is what makes this book so great. The two things I do feel conflicted about were: 1) The decision to have POV chapters from the killer. I'm not sure those were entirely successful. Maybe I'm just not bad enough, but they seemed overly evil to me? I don't know. They didn't work as well for me as I wanted them to. The villain himself when seen from Robin and Strike's POV was great, and I liked the way his POVs kept leading me in opposite directions. I was CONVINCED that one guy had done it, but then it turned out to be something totally unexpected, but obvious in retrospect. It's just, those POVs were so . . . blunt? They served their purpose, though.and 2) (view spoiler)[Strike getting angry enough to fire Robin totally took me by surprise, but in a bad way. It felt off. Maybe I was just expecting the story to go in a different direction and missed all the clues, but I kept thinking it would all be a trick, that Strike wouldn't do that, wouldn't get that angry. It didn't seem explained enough. I feel like I need to go back and re-read the whole thing to look for the clues along the way. The only thing I can think is that he was also in the middle of falling in love with her, and was upset already that she had taken Matthew back, and her resentment at being sidelined as he tried to protect her had driven them apart, so it was just a huge mess of angry feelings that all came out in that moment, and he fired her. Or maybe there was something in that deleted message (fucking Matthew) that explains it. I guess I'll have to wait for the next book. (hide spoiler)]I think I'm going to have to just wait for the next book, and hope for the best. For now, this gets 4.5 stars. And hopefully by this time next year we'll have book four.[4.5 stars]February 2015: A girl could get spoiled with a new JK Rowling book every year, I tell you what.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2018-09-24 04:35

    It's The One With All the Feelings..A tense,thrill mystery interwoven with complicated emotions, kind of love..even Nostalgia.No matter how you imaged Strike, Here you'll get more into him, into his Feelings specially toward his precious engaged partner, Robin..his friends,-I bet you gonna Love Shanker-..ِ..into his past, During his....Career of Evil.& No matter whether you read the previous ones or not, you'll adore the Remarkable, excellent written, relation of Strike & Robin..This wonderful unique chemistry between them.. part admiration, part comfortable, exceptional partnership and a little bit of un-name-able kind of can-be love.It has started 3 years ago -one year in the story timeline-,since she came to 12 Bar Cafe as an unwanted temp.lf you read the first book that what will make you really nostalgic when you read this one..with all the characters and events developments. And this time their relation facing a really hard time, some maniac blood and body parts craving murderer is set to sabotage Strike's career and reputation, and then..finish him.and this murderer made clear that he's targeting Robin as a main mean to do so. And not to mention the approaching of Robin's Wedding date to her Strike's hater fiancée, Matthew..and a huge fight that may stop the wedding that will increase the complications.Because hard times make people more vulnerable emotionally, and relations usually get deeper. And this case made Strike and Robin face the darkest, hardest time..all that made this book the one with all the mixed feelings and emotions that very great written , as Rowling's best story telling usual..And it's not only the feelings of Strike and Robin, You'll get more into Robin's personal life in this one since she have bigger part, and not only her... it has larger scale of Feelings..The feeling of the amputees , and a strange mental disorder that made some healthy wanna be so. -first time to hear about this community-The Feelings of women who unfortunately end up with the wrong guy, whether they still staying ,suffering, with them...or who from their past and left them broken and lonely..Some of them may be just boyfriend, a stepfather, a husband, even a brother..or may be a fiancée that his girl not knowing how wrong her choice is... And most importantly in the main story, The feeling of women and even little girls who suffered sexual abuses, from strangers or even someone close... how that change their lives ,the feeling of unsecured and shuttered.how sometimes the police make it hard time for the women while taking their statements.It's really big story this time, and told you, full of feelings..The Story-------A very perfect constructed Story , with faster than the first 'Cuckoo's Calling' and larger in the main characters' life and emotions..friends and family And adversaries..Robin -instead of Wedding party cameras- received a served woman's leg addressed to her in Cormoran's office.It's seem to be someone want to bring Cormoran Strike's businesses down and he made a satisfying success..Strike could think of 4, or 3 main suspect capable of doing so, they're from his past..and one of them is his late 'stepfather' who Strike already suspect he has murdered his mother..And that's not all..now this bloody murderer not only want vengeance of Strike, but also made it clear that he's targeting what seems to him Strike's weakness...Robin.Why this murderer need vengeance will lead Strike to think more into his past, his career being in the Special Investigations Branch..also will lead him into more thinking of Robin, who endanger her life keeping her work with him.. also thinking of her fast approaching Wedding to Matthew, who may take her off his life..The life of a lone wolf..The Lone Wolf~~~~~~~~~~~~Yet he knew he had been left impaired, that he no longer had the capacity to feel in the way that he had once felt. Elin’s distress of the previous evening had not touched him at his core in the way Charlotte’s had once done. He felt as though his capacity for loving had been blunted, the nerve endings severed. He had not intended to wound Elin; he did not enjoy seeing her cry; yet the ability to feel empathetic pain seemed to have closed down. A small part of him, in truth, had been mentally planning his route home as she sobbed.No doubt whoever well read the stories of Cormoran Strike will really feel how deep and interesting character he is..I always imaged him as Hugh Jackman, but since that I had a big backlash comments about him I changed the main photo to -BASED ON FRIENDS and GOODREADS USERS COMMENTS that mentioned other actors both on my Silkworm and this novel's pre review, I choose the most accurate ones..Also Thank you Steph for the mention in your blog, and the idea of the particular scene of X-Men I used for Strike portrait.It was great How Mr. Robert Galbraith described the deep feelings for a lone wolf, who had a broken heart before , not that social, haunted by his past and infamous life of his mother..and has this complicated relation with his businesses partner 'Robin'..you can clearly see how he defend himself of admitting he truly loves her without writing direct lines, you will observe that through his actions with Robin.Strike is really interesting character, and so is Robin..so is all the characters that been mentioned before but get bigger role this time.. And it's why I really don't care much about the not-related-to-the-case stuff that the books usually full with.And here you'll get into more of them, their past..family and friends..and even adversaries..The Career of Evil~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tensed fast thrilled that full of emotions and feelings and many horrible bloody scenes.This time full of real tense and some chapters ends in a real cliffhangers. -I am writing this review by the last 15% of the novel, with a cliffhanger dangers the continuation of Robin in the next stories.-The novel is obsessed with the many references Blue Oyster Cult, which is have a base in the core of the novel's mystery since the murderer seems obsessed with this band as well.You can see the phrases of their songs' lyrics in every chapter..And, as the rest of the series, it's like a detailed Travel literature into England..you visit many places, interesting ones..such as -for example here-:Barrow-in-Furness and it's gloomy streets and nuclear submarines bunkers. The interesting Market HarboroughThe Sweet entrance of Catford Shopping CentreAnd many many more..And also living the atmosphere of the time the novel taking place, here in the April-June 2011, the major thing in GB was the Royal Wedding..And, this time, interweaving all these places and events with the main core of the story is more than marvellous.-As the Royal Wedding and Robin Story for example- J.K. Rowling Robert Galbraith~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I guess one of the advantages of using a man , an Ex-SIB officer and actually a man, is being free to do all these bloody scenes some of it Stephen King's bloody type.Women were so petty, mean, dirty and small. Sulky bitches, the lot of them, expecting men to keep them happy. Only when they lay dead and empty in front of you did they become purified, mysterious and even wonderful. They were entirely yours then, unable to argue or struggle or leave, yours to do with whatever you liked.As well the great description of the murderer mind, it was also super insight into the feelings of women who suffered rape or sexual abuses..it was very realistic and even the reaction of the ones near the sufferer or the toughness of some police officers is very well stated in the novel.SO, it's still her, the Queen of Magic, master storytelling elements, getting deep into characters and their feeling, analysing body language and actions without waiting for explanations..Humorous moments and deep meaning ones, that's what you will fall in love with this series because of this unique storytelling style.“You could find beauty nearly anywhere if you stopped to look for it, but the battle to get through the days made it easy to forget that this totally cost-free luxury existed.”That's , of course, if you don't mind many, or much, digressions.Now I must go to read the last 75 pages to see what will happen to Robin...and who the bloody murderer will be...-The Review of 9 Nov. 2015 ends hereLet's Talk the Ending..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AGAINِ, It's The One With All the Feelings...The One with All the Emotions..The One with All the Tense..And all the tensed bloody thrill and slowly resolving the hard, very well constructed mystery in a thrilling double climax..Then came the very Bittersweet Ending..Without giving much , as a dear friend has said "Bloody Hell" or as Robin says "Bugger" An Ending that will leave you grinning, sad a bit, feeling you wanna know more, you wanna more pages ,you don't want to leave them..The ending...so tense..more excited I was really on the edge of my seat ,literally holding my breath..Oh God the Ending...(view spoiler)[..Oh The Wedding, I kept wishing -with Friends' Season Three finale in mind , which was also in England :)-..."Please Say Take The Strike :) not take the Matthew ...But what really pissed me off was the report not mentioning Strike at the first news after catching the killer ,that really made me very ferious ..I guess though they will when the trials starts ,right?If not I'll come to the Mets and kick some arse..AND Matthew , man ,what an ass blocking Strike by the end.. now I really hate him so much.. (hide spoiler)]these 2 last points about the ending really pissed me off, but not with the novel of course...it is really one of my best readsHow to know you've been reading a real good,even brilliant literature..well, I had the symptoms of loss by finishing the novel, after about 12 days of reading as slowly as possible to not end it.....1-I was really deep thinking ,kinda haunted with the story and keeping the details in mind..,how long did it pass since we 'Strike,Robin and me' received the leg..and who will be the real murderer of the three suspects..2- The waiter in the cafe I read at told me today "you've been in this book, for few days you've been tensed sometimes and widely grinning many times" , hell yeah I did :) ... I caught myself grinning a lot despite controlling so while I'm in public cafe, siting alone..3- I Don't know what can I read next although I had a plan for 3 big horrors.I can't see myself committing with big novels now, may be even any novel for a day or two... I just wanna read the next Strike's novel..So Please Mr.Galbraith.. do your best , I know you always do..:)Mohammed ArabeyFrom 27 Oct. 2015To 10 Nov. 2015First pre- review in the (view spoiler)[..After the infamous side of celebrities' lifeand the horrible side of writers and publishers' life..This time Will be "Career of Evil"Will be about the experience of returning soldiers..with story seems darker..and more complicated with Robin too..BLOODY Chapter OneThe Surprising Chapter TwoCan't wait again to meet Mr. Strike again,And our sweetheart .. RobinOh Please if anyone can convince Mr. Hugh Jackman ,he'd be Perfect Cormoran Strike ,isn't he?And for sorry it will be out by autumn..And it will be more than 7 Books, I guess you already know that :)AND PLZ STOP RATING, STOP HIGH AND LOW RATINGS.Mohammed Arabey11 Feb. 2015 (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2018-09-23 08:38

    SOLID.This series is definitely my favorite when it comes to the audiobooks... They're just so well done! The narrator perfectly does all of the different accents, and he sounds exactly how I would picture Cormoran Strike to sound. Audiobook comments aside, this book was pretty great! I really look forward to rereading these books in the future so I can see all of the foreshadowing I'm sure is sprinkled throughout the books, which is something Rowling is notorious for.

  • Kaora
    2018-09-30 10:22

    DAT ENDING!WHY?????

  • Alejandro
    2018-09-22 04:22

    Sadly, I felt it as a recoil in the book series.BACKGROUNDI was quite excited to read this third novel in the Cormoran Strike book series, since I had enjoyed plenty enough, however I think that this third novel was like a retrogression in what the book series was able to accomplish and to develop so far.The Cuckoo’s Calling was slow pacing, drifting to irrelevant sub-plots, over detailed filling scenes and repetitive situations, along with having more pages than necessary, BUT I was adamant to any reader of my review that they should keep at it since the climax was superb and making worthy all the effort to read the novel, also the use of the fashion/modeling industry was a real plus.The Silkworm became a fresh air to the rising book series, since it was like magic (yep, pun intended!) due that all those negative elements in the first book were gone. The second novel was intense, focused on the case, each scene was different, even the book was thinner, adding the use of the book publishing industry, easily this book turned to be the best in the series (clearly having in mind that there were only two in the series, so far) but also a “must-read” to any J.K. Rowling fan (yes, it’s her, just in case you are the last one to know that “Robert Galbraith” is just a pseudonym), since I felt it as a very personal book by her, showing light to many feelings from her about the craziness amd intrigue involved in the industry of publishing books. Moreover, since there weren’t any spoilers about the first case, you could easily engage this second novel (without having read the first book) and you wouldn’t be any lost in the reading.LIKE A CRABCareer of Evil fell in all the mistakes found the first book and even worse, since this time you don’t have a specific industry involved in the story (I thought earlier that it would be about the music industry that it could be real cool, but no), also it’s not a case per se, since there isn’t anybody who hired Cormoran, but it’s a personal vendetta by some mysterious person but clearly someone from Cormoran’s past, which made quite dumb that he needed so much time to deduce the culprit since he knew quite well all the suspects, and where Cormoran looked as a brilliant detective in how he cracked the previous two cases and how the climaxes were developed, however here (I won’t make any spoilers, don’t worry), let’s just say that his key evidence is something so trivial, so small, along with a non-climatic resolve, that after reading almost 500 pages I felt cheated.Realizing that it’s a book by J.K. Rowling, which is the alive female writer that I respected the most, it just made more disappointing the whole reading experience of this third book in the series.THE GOOD SIDECommenting about the good side in the book... mmh... well, there is... mmh... aah!... mmh... no... wait!... mmh... nope... Really, I can’t say anything good about the third book.Still, I guess that some basic expected elements in the construction of a book, by such accomplished writer, helped to get at least two stars for my personal rating.

  • Lindsey Rey
    2018-09-21 07:41

    Best one in the series yet!

  • Adina
    2018-10-13 05:21

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since my last review. I had two hectic weeks at work and home and had no time to read and even less to review. I hope to be able to catch up with my challenge and reviews in the following days.Career of Evil is the third volume in Cormoran Strike series and in case you did not know, written by wonderful J.K. Rowling under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. If you haven’t read the other two books do not start with this one. They are to be read in order as the personal life of the characters is mingled with the murder mystery. I am not going to write anything about the story as the blurb is pretty well done. I am just going to make some comparisons with the other two and talk about what I liked and what I did not. What I love about is series are the two characters, Robin and Cormoran, and the dynamic of their relationship. They are both complex and this volume is the one where we get to learn more about their past which was ta part I was looking forward to explore. However, there was a bit too much drama between the two of them and it took a bit away from my satisfaction. There is a big difference between Career of Evil and the first two books, namely, the duo is chasing a serial killer this time. I prefer mysteries where the killers have complex reasons for acting violently and serial murders are not fully my type. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the small chapters where we were given a glimpse inside the madman’s mind. The pace was a bit slower than in the other novels and the focus was made on surveillance rather then on discussions with potential suspects which I found less interesting. Although it was my least favorite of the Strike’s adventures, I still enjoyed every page and I can’t wait to read the next one. Hurry up, J.K, please.

  • Emily
    2018-10-05 02:27

    If the first two Cormoran Strike books can be summed up as "celebrity" and "publishing" respectively, then this book is "misogynistic violence," which is possibly my least favorite subject to read about. This is a closed circle mystery in which Robin and Strike investigate a serial killer whose past is linked to Strike. Due to the fact that there are only four real suspects that are provided by Strike - and that the killer gets his own POV sections in which you see some of the murders happen - this mystery isn't particularly interesting or fun to solve. The Strike/Robin relationship is further developed in this book, which is good because otherwise this would have been 400 pages of stakeouts interspersed with scenes of horrific assaults. In short, it's boring. J.K. Rowling can still propel me through a story, but I'm amazed that this particular story took so many pages to tell.As a disclaimer before I keep writing: I understand that sexual violence is an extremely important topic to continue discussing openly, both to remove stigmatization of victims and because it's so prevalent: 1 in 5 American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. But I personally do not enjoy reading graphic depictions of sexual violence. (I'd rather read the discovery of the body of Owen Quine several times than read some of the descriptions in this book again.) And it's always hard to tell if its inclusion is titillating or not. If I didn't already trust J.K. Rowling as a writer, I probably would have abandoned this book near the halfway point. My least favorite part about this book was the use of rape as a backstory. When a female character needs a life-altering turning point in her past that explains her decisions and current trajectory, rape gets slotted in as the most traumatic event possible. (view spoiler)[It really, really bothered me that Robin was saddled with this backstory. On one hand, yes, this is a book about the prevalence of violent assault, but on the other hand, this gives a weird tinge to Robin's desire to become a detective. Rowling takes care to explicitly say that Robin wanted to be an investigator before the rape, but I wholeheartedly wish that that wasn't even in the mix. This also bothered me because it felt like a cheap way to explain why Robin and Matthew are still together. Relationships are complicated and messy. They don't always make logical sense to an external viewer, and they sometimes don't even make sense to the people in them. The rape backstory reduces Robin and Matthew to a comfort-level relationship where Robin holds on to him only because of her past. In a way, it would be more interesting for inertia to play a bigger role, without the linchpin of Robin's trauma. Matthew gets written as an even bigger asshole (excuse me, "wanker") in this book, which felt like an excuse for the Robin/Strike relationship to develop rather than a true picture of the nine-year Robin/Matthew relationship. It's even harder to understand why Robin and Matthew get back together, outside of that inertia and nine years, when you don't see any of the good parts that must exist. And the fact that the book ends on Robin's "I do" felt cheap. On one hand, yes, the Robin/Strike relationship is what keeps me going through these books. On the other hand, are these mystery novels or not? Shouldn't the mysteries be good enough that I don't have to be distracted overly by the other drama? (hide spoiler)]There is exploration of victimhood here, and what it means to be a victim. It comes up again when (view spoiler)[Robin is compelled to go to Alyssa to get her children away from Brockbank. Strike doesn't know what it's like to be small and powerless, and Robin does, and that's why she goes (hide spoiler)]. And when Strike goes to see Hazel Furley, he thinks to himself that it's natural that the cops should have questioned her boyfriend Ray so intensely: "most women's rapists and killers were not strangers in masks who reached out of the dark space under the stairs. They were the father, the husband, the mother's or the sister's boyfriend ..." But I believe that exploration is undercut by the frequent and extremely graphic scenes of rape, dismemberment, and assault. It's one thing to recognize the horror that these acts recur too frequently in the world, and to explore how resilience can play a part in moving on and not letting that experience define you. It's another to have a mother (Rhona Laing's mother, to be exact) explain that one of the suspects (view spoiler)[raped her daughter with a knife and permanently prevented her from having children (hide spoiler)] - and that's not even close to the first-person scenes from the murderer's perspective, where he talks about women as objects who are better to him dead before killing them. Does every book that involves sexual assault have to have an underlying moral or point? No, of course not. But if I am expected as the reader to make my way through these various scenes, there should be some sort of payoff. Given that this mystery is not interesting, novel, or fun to read, this book completely failed for me.

  • Jayson
    2018-10-04 03:29

    (A-) 82% | Very GoodNotes: Wherein accents abound, people play pretend, men hurt women in many different ways, and Robin is really Batman.

  • Alex
    2018-10-07 03:50

    Jesus, what a rollercoaster! I have been looking forward to this book for such a long time with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. What if this wasn't as good as the other two in the series? What if I had somehow built up the other two books in retrospect, leaving only disappointment in the third? Would I ever stop with the rhetorical questions and get on with the review? Let me tell you: this was fucking good. Like REALLY GODDAMNED GOOD. Like I-stayed-up-way-past-my-bedtime-to-finish-this good. The book starts off at a sprint and just keeps going, and I think this is my favourite out of all three of Robert Galbraith's books. There's something about the murder mystery in this book that I really, REALLY enjoyed. It wasn't as heavy with exposition as The Cuckoo's Calling (anyone else remember the paragraphs of dialogue from that book?), nor as outlandish as The Silkworm. This serial killer was creepy, realistic, sadistic, and the question of who he actually turns out to be is set up so well that I couldn't figure it out until the last third or so.Speaking of the last third - OH MY GOD. SHIT GOES DOWN. I realise this isn't my most coherent review but I'm currently coming down from my Career of Evil-induced high. I was alternately laughing like a maniac, screaming at a book and jumping up and down in excitement. People thought I was possessed. Note to self: don't scream with all the windows open or the neighbours will think you're weird. In terms of characters, Cormoran is back being his usual awesome self, and there are some great new characters introduced in this book (hi, Shanker!), but the real badass is Robin. I love her. She is so fucking awesome that I can hardly form coherent sentences. What a badass. What. A. Bad. Ass. She is the heart, soul, and central nervous system of these books, which took me a while to figure out, but now that I realise this I love and admire her as a character even more. She goes from strength to strength and I cannot wait to see how she develops in future books. I'm officially crushing majorly on her. WHAT A BADASS.(view spoiler)[I should also mention that Robin and Cormoran are my new favourite OTP. I had my doubts that an eventual pairing was the direction they were headed in the first book, but my opinion is now cemented. CHAPTER 40 is all I will say on that front. As someone who reviewed this book in a newspaper said, their cautious non-courtship is so entertaining.On the subject of relationships, WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU THINKING, ROBIN? Matthew is the limpest of limp dishrags. I had a moment's sympathy for him, rapidly drowned out by the realisation that he's still a vain, smug, overbearing, disrespectful dickwad who does not deserve you.Finally - no more Cormoran mooning over Charlotte here. Thank god. That bitch is crazy and I am kind of hoping she turns up as either the victim or the suspect in a subsequent book (hide spoiler)]If you liked the other Cormoran Strike books, you will like this, or at least I assume you will. I loved it. I haven't had a book keep me up all night in a while, and this did that and more. It had my heart racing. It made my neighbours think I am some sort of super excitable psychopath who screams at poor inanimate books. And it reaffirmed my love for Robin, who is as great a female character in any book I've ever read.*** UPDATE ***Ok so I've had a few more days to think about this book, and there is one thing in particular that I really need to get off my chest. My family hasn't read this book yet, so I'm forced to unleash my feelings upon my fellow Goodreaders.(view spoiler)[MATTHEW CUNLIFFE. I read the book, had some sympathy in some parts and had significantly less sympathy in others, but now that I'm a few days out of my reading experience, I have Definite Feelings(TM) about Matt.WHAT. A. DICK. What a two-faced prick, meddling with Robin's mobile and her interactions with Strike. She has NEVER given him any plausible reason to think that she can't be trusted - as anyone who has read Career of Evil knows, Matt is the one who has been untrustworthy in more ways than one, from his cheating on Robin during the worst moment of her life to him gleefully presenting her with the newspaper showing that Cormoran is already advertising for a replacement for her.I was just thinking about this, and I was dumbstruck firstly by what a raging asshole Matt is, and secondly that Robin has no perceivable notion of what her fiancée is really like. I think it's the invasion of privacy that is REALLY ticking me off - if the revelation of him cheating can't break the relationship, surely the knowledge that her fiancée (now husband - regrettably) not only doesn't trust her but is actively working against her to keep her from her ambitions must. As Shanker says, Robin is kind and good, and really doesn't deserve to be dragged down by such a dead weight. (hide spoiler)]Ah I had to get that off my chest. It's all I've been thinking about since I finished the book.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-10-04 10:45

    Once again, left with post-novel depression as Robert Galbraith has published another well-written Strike/Ellacott novel. Boy was this a wild ride! I have felt each book in this series has grabbed my attention more than the previous one and leaves me craving another. Set in 2011 (one year after Robin has begun working for Cormoran Strike and during the time of the royal wedding), the story opens with the ramblings of a serial killer who's identity is a mystery to the reader. Robin Ellacott has been sent a female severed leg in the mail and the dynamic duo decide to hunt down this killer while the police are heading in what Strike considers a dead end. Cormoran has 3 suspects in mind and they spend the entirety of the book bouncing back and forth all 3 while keeping us in suspense until the very last pages. Simultaneously, Robin and Strike's relationship takes a new turn as Robin and her fiancé take a break to decide if the wedding will take place at all. I loved how the author really developed Strike and Robin's relationship deeper than both the previous novels together. I was just as engrossed in this aspect as I was in the suspense of the killer. There was a really nice twist at the end involving the identity of the killer which I did not see coming; honestly, she does a great job of keeping you from knowing who the killer is entirely until she wants it revealed. I really enjoyed how the chapters were structured by breaking up the story chapters with sections of the killer's private thoughts. This is by far one of my favorite books of the year and I am anxiously awaiting the fourth novel in the series!!!

  • Maxwell
    2018-10-15 03:30

    Honestly, a bit perplexed by this one. The character development was spot on, even though I'm not necessarily a fan of where I think the relationship is going between Strike & Robin. And the mystery in the end left me kind of confused. But the writing is impeccable and diving into any of Rowling's books feels like going home. I just can't get enough of her stories. This is more like a 3.5 stars but I'll round it up to 4 because I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Ricky
    2018-10-05 04:28

    Seeing the blurb for this book made me have this reaction:Reading this book made me have this reaction:In some ways, this book was less intense than the impossibly disgusting, Hannibal-level grossness of The Silkworm. On the other hand, Galbraith's third benefits from taking a look into the dark personal histories of both Strike and Robin - specifically, the fact that they both have violent crime in their pasts - because it helps us, the readers, know a little more about why they're in this line of work. And, in between all that, we're treated to another warped, bizarre world, mostly linked to Strike, with the worst side of rock and roll fandom involved. I might just find myself listening to a lot of Blue Oyster Cult after reading this book, just to get a better idea what this killer likes. It might just be the best serial-killer soundtrack since "Orinoco Flow" appeared in the 2011 Dragon Tattoo movie. Also, I might just find myself attempting to perfect my Cumbrian accent now - which, as it stands at the moment, is the unholy love child of Cockney and Scottish. Is it one of those accents that's impossible to fake if you're not a local? Maybe it is, but now I gotta try, don't I?Now to sit back and wait for the fourth Strike book...it's gonna be another great one, I'm sure. This author cannot fail, I don't think. :)

  • Kai
    2018-09-25 03:34

    “You could find beauty nearly anywhere if you stopped to look for it”I'm not entirely sure what to think now. On one hand I am just so confused and taken by surprise. And on the other hand I am overwhelmed and happy.I can only say more than positive things about writing and character development. I don't need to talk about J. K. Rowling's skills as an author, we all now she is a genius. So let's talk about the characters. I like Strike more and more with every novel. And now that he's free of that horrible ex-girlfriend/fiancé, he can finally move on with his private life. He is still struggling with customers, even more since a dead woman's leg sent to his office is not exactly helping his business.And now to Robin! Oh how boring this series would be without her. I am so glad for our muggle-Hermione. I just want her to be happy and successful and alive, please. Anyway, her privat life takes a few big turns, makingCareer of Evileven more exciting, seeing how her relationship with her fiancé Matthew, and her boss Strike develope.Now to the suspects. They are all evil little bastards, one worse than the other and everyone of them deserves to rot in the fictional hell. The changing POV made me feel uncomfortable, to say the least. I was disgusted at times, sickened. While Cormoran Strike #2 was totally weird, this was even worse. Gross on a new level.I thought I had guessed the murderer, but I was wrong. Rowling/Galbraith spins and intricates a web of false trails, which lead to dead ends and confusion. I finished this novel, and had to reread some parts straightaway, to actually grasp the outcome.Sometimes I grew annoyed by how long it took Strike to figure out this case. I felt like there were too many suspects, with too similiar pasts, who all had a motive for revenge. And I have to admit, that I enjoyedThe Cuckoo's CallingandThe Silkwormmore than this third installment. The crime stories and their outcomes were more satisfying, in my opinion.Nevertheless, that ending was incredible and I can't wait for the fourth book, and the BBC TV adaption! I hope we will get both in 2017.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2018-10-19 02:43

    This book was amazing, and despite its size of 500 pages I read it in merely two days. Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling, seems to be the only author that can make me truly interested in crime stories, because normally they bore me as well as frustrate me (I can never seem to guess who the murderer is). Reading this third book in the Cormoran Strike series felt like coming home. I felt safe among some of my favourite characters, Robin and Strike, and because of them I read most of this book with a smile on my face. Galbraith is truly amazing at writing characters, and I definitely think that the characters are what drives this story forward and makes me love it so much. The murder case in itself interested me, but as is the case with the other two books as well, it was the relationship between Robin and Strike that kept me glued to the pages. I was able to follow the crime case and not be too bored, because Galbraith is really good at mingling it with the everyday lives of the characters. I'm a huge fan of this series, and I can't wait to get back to Robin and Strike in the fourth book - I already miss them!

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-10-06 10:37

    A package delivered to a private investigator’s office in London contains the severed leg of a woman. Who sent this, and why? A note contained in the package that appears to be an extract from the lyrics of a song by the rock band the Blue Oyster Cult might offer a clue. The investigator, Cormoran Strike, is upset that his female partner was exposed to such a brutal discovery – for it was she the package was addressed to – but he thinks he can boil the list of perpetrators down to one of four men. Strike’s observation that the leg is ‘not even my size’ heralds the discovery (for me) that he is missing a leg of his own. Interesting.I was quickly to discover that this was a very well crafted thriller indeed. After rejecting one of his four suspects as unlikely, Strike decides to leave that one to the police while he’ll try to track down the three dark men from his past who he feels are most capable of and incentivised to carry out this atrocious act. And the three men are grim characters indeed. Each is brought to life via the telling a back story and each is more deliciously appalling than the last. If the story had one of these fellows haunting the background of the piece it would have been interesting, but three… well that’s a feast!This is the third book the author has penned in this series, but as I haven’t read the first two I was somewhat concerned I’d suffer from that annoying tendency for there to be umpteen references I’d fail to grasp the significance of. I needn’t have worried. Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling, as I discovered to my utter surprise about half way through) deftly dealt with any relevant pre-story events by skilfully weaving the facts into the narrative. This is definitely a book that can be read as a stand-alone.I listened to the tale on audio, brilliantly read by British actor Robert Glenister. He brought each of the characters to life and skillfully delivered all the required accents. Even his Cornish accent sounded spot-on. Cormoran and his partner, Robin Ellacott, are interestingly complex and have plenty going on in their own lives to flesh out the action. There’s good chemistry between them and I’m definitely keen to meet up with them again.I found the pacing of the story to be just right and although the denouement didn’t provide the bombshell moment I’d been hoping for the whole thing was competently resolved come the end. I really felt at home with this tale. The tension was ever present and the hunt for the three grotesquely villainous bad guys was brilliantly handled. Who knew that the author of the Harry Potter books could also churn out top quality adult crime fiction too.

  • Paromjit
    2018-09-25 09:34

    This is an intense, atmospheric and compelling addition to the Cormoran Strike series. Where it really excels is in characterisation with in depth backstories of Cormoran and his history with the three main suspects in this story and his relationship with Shanker, his offbeat and eccentric friend. Robin's traumatic history is revealed, as is the reason why working as a PI is so heartbreakingly important to her. She comes across as emotionally fragile, compassionate, tenacious and highly skilled as a investigator. As for the three main suspects in the story, I think the author stood in front of the mirror, asking Who is the foulest of them all? I can see her having great fun creating the depraved, brutal, and ruthless monsters that are Whittaker, Laing and Brockbank. Those three are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel of human scum. In a well constructed story, we encounter the extreme mental health issues of people who would voluntarily amputate body parts, seek paralysis etc..It all begins with Robin receiving a girl's leg in a parcel. This has significance for Cormoran and he identifies 4 suspects. The police focus on who Cormoran feels is the least likely suspect, so he and Robin investigate the others. There are references to Blue Oyster Cult songs and lyrics throughout which are connected to Strike's dead mother, Leda. The investigation takes Cormoran and Robin all round the country as more murders take place on what is a dangerous trail. It becomes abundantly clear that a clever and twisted killer wants to destroy Cormoran and killing Robin is a priority in his plan. Under the microscope is Cormoran and Robin's relationship as they get closer whilst Robin's wedding plans continue to gather pace. Her fiance, Matthew, is clearly a ghastly secondary character just waiting to be written out. Cormoran's relationship with the Police remains a minefield that he has to negotiate delicately whilst taking out insurance.There is much mileage left in this ever improving and engaging series. It is tightly plotted to build the maximum level of tension and suspense with a fast paced narrative. I found it an entertaining, gripping and absorbing read. Cannot recommend it enough. Robert Galbraith is an assured and accomplished writer. I understand the BBC are going to film the series, I look forward to seeing what they make of this series!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-09-30 04:31

    Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3), Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling, Robert Galbraithتاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم دسامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: رد پای شیطان - کتاب سوم؛ نویسنده: جی.کی. رولینگ (با نام مستعار رابرت گالبریت)؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامیه؛ تهران، تندیس، 1395؛ در 742 ص؛ شابک: 9786001822148؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان و نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 21 مکتاب نخست این مجموعه آوای فاخته؛ کتاب دوم کرم ابریشم است؛ بیشتر قسمت‌های این رمان از منظر یک آدم‌کش زنجیره‌ ای تصویر شده و در این میان به موضوعاتی چون اختلال‌های روانی، جنایت و مانند آن هم پرداخته شده است. ا. شربیانی

  • Wilma
    2018-09-24 06:32

    Cormoran Strike...en zijn partner Robin Ellacott...weergaloze, satirisch getinte detective. Het leest als een trein...vlot geschreven, vlot gelezen...hierin ligt ook de kracht van het verhaal.Ik heb genoten!!

  • Phrynne
    2018-10-03 08:25

    I always look forward to picking up a book by J.K. Rowling. From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone through to this current novel she has never put a foot wrong and I firmly believe she could write successfully in any genre. A truly talented author.Career of Evil is the third in a series which hopefully will be a long one! The two main characters, Stryke and Robin, are wonderful and the trials and tribulations of their relationship are handled beautifully, to the point where this reader at least continues to think about them long after the book is finished! Some new characters pop up too and the mystery is thrilling, well paced and cleverly written. An easy five stars and I am not at all surprised there is to be a TV show. Looking forward to that and also the next book.

  • Laurie Anderson
    2018-10-13 04:25

    JK Rowling continues to astonish me. First, of course, with her Harry Potter books she created a world to which I return over and over as a delighted and bedazzled reader. Her accomplishment with that series marks her as a once-in-a-generation storyteller.But she also writes adult mystery/crime novels under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. And they are very, very good, especially this one, her third that follows the adventures of private detective Cormoran Strike. I'm astonished at and grateful for her talent, determination, and willingness to keep writing great books. Highly recommended, with the caveat that a few scenes are extremely violent.

  • Kirsty
    2018-10-02 10:37

    Violent, hateful, misogynistic. And worst of all, boring.

  • TL
    2018-10-09 04:43

    2.5 starsThe writing in this was top notch as usual but half the time reading this felt like a chore. All the parts were there but it didn't feel the same.There were long stretches where I was bored but still kept going because I wanted to know what would happen. I had two guesses as to who the killer was fairly early and went back and forth as to who it was as the story went on. Robin and Strike were a great team as usual. There were some cases where I thought he should have treated Robin better though I could understand where he was coming from in a way...Matthew... Okay, certain plot elements helped me understand Robin's and his history better and to see why they have been together so long but still cannot stand the guy. Some of his behavior here, oooh!! Wanted to smack him so badly !Especially one part near the end and a little before (view spoiler)[the wedding(hide spoiler)] Smug Bastard.Side note: a certain cop is a dick as well (view spoiler)[Carver(hide spoiler)]I did like the fact that Strike didn't give up on his search for the killer and who the culprit was was creative but the reveal was anti-climatic for me. It felt more like getting something over with than this bombshell and tension-filled scenes.A few times, sprinkled throughout it seemed like she was aiming for (view spoiler)[more between Robin and Strike but it felt off to me. If it was done right, I wouldn't mind them getting together but I do enjoy the friendship they've built up. (hide spoiler)]The ending... not so much a cliffhanger for me than a face-palm. I mean, was it necessary? (view spoiler)[ With Robin marrying Matt *gags* and Robin looking at Strike instead of him? Granted that would piss me off too if I were him but still(hide spoiler)] It felt abrupt and also rushed what with Robin's inner thoughts (view spoiler)[ deciding whether the engagement was off and then her attitude after, it seemed like she was afraid to let go... Matt isn't a bad guy but she deserves better methinks(hide spoiler)]Will still read the next one but dunno if I will be re-reading this one or not in the future. We shall see *shrugs* If you loved the book, more power to you and I'm glad you did. *waves *

  • TheSkepticalReader
    2018-10-11 07:44

    Despite the fact that I love and adore Rowling for Harry Potter stories, I am disappointed to find, as an adult, how formulaic and simplistic her writing has become.Career of Evil takes a darker turn to the first two novels in the Cormoran Strike series, and while I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this sudden change of atmosphere, the novel overall is a major disappointment. The likability of the series already hinges on the characters and the need to know what happens with them, but this book is held up entirely by Robin and Strike’s drama. The mystery within the novel is actually more intense then the previous mysteries but it’s almost shoved into the corner amidst all the Strike-Robin drama.Rowling excels at characterizations, she is an absolute master at it, but it’s a bit problematic for me when a “mystery” novel is based more on the characters and their drama then the actual mystery. It’s a bit too much to expect from a reader. And honestly, the drama itself just festers and causes so much angst that this book had me actually clenching my teeth in frustration.Another aspect which seems typical of Rowling’s writing is info-dumping. While the novel is not at all difficult to read, and can be quite enjoyable at times, it’s tiresome when you are reading a 500 page novel and have to wait until the last 30-20% of it to understand everything that is going on. This is irritating, especially given that major portions of the novel just deal with Robin and Strike trying to avoid a conversation about their relationship.Strike is a character I’ve never been able to get truly attached to, but that was not much of a concern seeing as how these are ultimately mystery novels and it doesn’t matter if I love him or not because he’s just a detective and all I cared about was that he did his job. Robin, however, is absolutely infuriating. I used to be able to sympathize with her but her character is so childish, filled with so much teenage anxiety that I couldn’t stand her halfway into the book. I had a hard time picturing her as an adult by the end, all I kept seeing was a 15 year old girl who had no clue what life was about. I felt bad for her, but ultimately just couldn’t care enough. It’s fairly easy for me to get attached to female characters but as this novel progressed, I felt myself pulling away from her.Generally, I would say this novel would work better as TV series (since those allow for more stereotypical drama). As a mystery novel, this book is a disaster.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2018-10-20 03:23

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because Jo's characterizations are brilliant.I feel like I don't know where to start! This felt really consistent with the first two books (that is, if you liked them, you'll probably like this one too) and I lovelovelove Robin. Also, thanks to Kaora, I'll now and forever picture Strike as Liev Schreiber. Thanks ;) My original mental image of Brian d'Arcy James got scrapped because Liev is just too perfect. ANYWAY. The Robin/Strike dynamic is wonderful and they make such a good team -- I kind of-sort of ship them but at the same time not really because I don't want a relationship to screw up what they've got going on. The case this time was a lot of surveillance of three different guys, which dragged a bit because all they're doing is splitting up and sitting there keeping tabs on whether anything weird happens or not. Matthew certainly did his part to keep things interesting, the twit. Overdramatic, more like. He's beyond infuriating and I honestly think Jo likes him that way :P Alas, they can't all be likeable, can they? I'm very irked by their whole saga, because I used to be in a relationship like that where he was extremely insecure about the people I worked with and so on. It didn't get better and that ended at least five years ago now. I LOVED Shanker's character, he was a brilliant addition to the cast and I really hope he pops up again. You could really feel Robin's stress mounting throughout the book, from page one to the end and I think this was really her time to shine as a character. Jo has said in interviews that Robin Ellacott is her favorite of all her characters she's ever written, and we see so much of the story through Robin's eyes that I can't ignore her on that point. Now I'm dying to go back and reread all three books because I've screwed up on figuring out the culprit all three times, damn it!28Oct15It's IN TRANSIT from my library <3I will have no qualms about abandoning IT if I don't finish it by the end of the week in favor of this15Jun15 PRETTEH COVER IS PRETTEHCOME ONNNNNNN OCTOBER <33324Apr15 TITLE TITLE IT HAS A TITLE

  • Warda
    2018-09-27 08:32

    OH MY WORD! ROWLING, GIMME THE NEXT BOOK!!!!Epic cliffhanger. Cruel cliffhanger! This book was everything!!!! *major heart eyes* This instalment was definitely my favourite out of three. The character development was excellent. We explored and delved a lot more deeper into the pasts of both Strike and Robin, which was quite dark, but you can't help but love these two! Individually, they're amazing. Together, they would be even more amazing. Make it happen, Rowling!The plot was slightly creepy and a lot more gory than the others and I loved that! I also loved that we got the added POV of the antagonist. The build-up towards the end was done extremely well. I was flippin anxious!!! Then the last 100 pages happened and I have no words. Especially that last, last paragraph. WHAT?!The only minor complaint I have is that I don't think the mystery was wrapped up as cohesively as I would've liked (or maybe I was reading so fast at this point, I ended up missing some things) but I'm hoping it'll continue on in the next book. Can we get a release date already?! No doubt this book is going to be playing on my mind for a while. I freakin adored to pieces. I'm already looking forward to rereading all of them. P.S. Matthew is a bitch. P.P.S. He needs to get ditched ASAP!

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    2018-10-01 08:38

    The ending made me yell 'WHAT?!' out loud. Ugggh, when is the next book coming out??This is my favorite of the 3 books in this series so far. We got the POV of the suspect this time (without knowing who it was), which made things a bit more tense for me. I also really enjoyed getting to know more about both Cormoran and Robin as their histories unfold. Finally, I'm a big fan of how Rowling has done the final reveal differently in all 3 of these books. Keeps me on my toes!There is a certain disorder that was brought up in this book and I honestly did not know how I felt about its portrayal, probably because I was so unfamiliar with it, but as reader I enjoyed its inclusion and learning something new.There's some pretty disturbing imagery in this one, btw. Also, I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was great, so I'd highly recommend it.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-10-05 05:42

    3.5 Fish and Crisps Stars I really do enjoy the gumshoe investigation stories that are The Cormoran Strike series. In this particular installment I enjoyed the actual case more than in the other two stories for a few reasons. One is that the nature of this case is more personal. It all begins right off when Robin is sent a leg in the mail. I don’t think it gets more personal than that and to our surprise Cormoran can think of about 4 people from his past capable of such an act. The other reason I liked this case a bit more is that we get some stuff from the PoV of the killer. When done correctly I love being in the mind of the bad guy it is a little tricky too much and it gets too uncomfortable, too little and there isn’t enough suspense added but in this I think it was done really well. I like seeing his/her perspective and thought process it made everything just that much creepier. In this story specifically it added to the suspense and danger I felt specifically for Robin but also for Cormoran. I live for the interpersonal relationships in stories like these and while there were some developments it is still going a little slowly for my taste but I’m totally hooked and I’ll probably read the entire series just to see how it all works out. I loved getting a bit into Robin’s backstory and why she left University. I think her backstory explains a lot about the person she is today and why/how she and Matthew have been together for so long. I am also happy about a few of the developments between Strike and Robin. First and foremost they are good colleagues and work pretty well together most of the time. It is clear that each brings something to the business and Cormoran is seeing more and more what a benefit it is to have Robin in his life. But beyond that they are building a pretty strong friendship and even though there are some underlying feeling between them…not really addressed to each other they are at least starting to admit them to themselves.I’m a little disappointed in the Robin/Matthew dynamic and how it played out. But it fit both of their characters still very well and while I’m pulling for a Robin/Cormoran HEA eventually it seems like it is going to take a long time to get there if at all. There are some pretty big issues that I saw between Matthew and Robin in this installment that make it seem like either one of them has to change a lot or it is never going to work out. Especially with it ending right where it did…I really wonder how the story will open in the next book.I didn’t figure out who the killer really was until the last minute…like when the reveal was coming it all clicked into place. The reason that I’m only giving this a 3.5 have a little to do with pacing and a lot to do with Robin. Okay so I’m not sure if J.K. Rowling is brilliant in that she make you feel like the story is dragging a bit when they are having a lull in the case, because the characters are feeling the lull too or if it’s not on purpose at all. Either way there are times when everything just drags a bit. The other part is that Robin after the revelation of her past became a bit whiny. It was the first time that had happened and it really wasn’t becoming on her character. She never quite became TSTL (To Stupid To Live) but she did make some very rash decisions that led to some consequences in the story Robin wasn’t prepared to deal with.Overall I enjoy the writing and the characters so I’ll definitely continue on with the series. I however didn’t realize that there are around 8-10ish books planned in this series and so the interpersonal ARCs might take a lot longer to play out than I initially anticipated. I just hope I don’t get bored with that aspect of the series.One more time….Seriously THAT is where you ended it? Okay pretty brilliant but also, so soooo mean :P

  • Stepheny
    2018-09-25 03:46

    One would think that after being devastated by the completion of the Harry Potter series that I would not want to take on another JK Rowling series. I know, I know! Who am I kidding?! Of COURSE I wanted to read another JKR series! She’s a brilliant writer and a story teller extraordinaire! I’ve never been a fan of mysteries. I never really disliked them, but they always fell flat for me. They felt predictable and like they were written via a Top Secret Formula. Person A is found dead in a pool of blood. Experienced Detective and his New Detective Partner (fresh out of school) are on the case! Lead B and Lead C are looking promising when Surprising Lead C shows up! Zip! Zap! Out comes the result! When I first read the Cuckoo’s Calling I was absolutely floored! I never saw it coming and I was constantly changing who I thought did it in what I thought was a classic whodunit. Then came the Silk Worm which I didn’t find as great but I could appreciate that JKR was once again, crushing the mystery game. So here we are in book 3- what is said to be the last installment in this series. Can she pull it off? Can she stump me one more time? Can she write another finale as great as the Deathly Hallows was to the Harry Potter series? Yes…and no. First of all- the mystery part of the story has always been my favorite part. The side story of Robin and Strike’s personal life I find a little dull and uninteresting…not to mention I did not “ship” those two whatsoever! I like their comradery but did not want to see them hooking up. It just didn’t work for me. Whether or not the finally get it on or not is not for me to tell you- I’m just saying throughout the series I was waiting for it to happen while hoping it wouldn’t. BUT the mystery was once again completely consuming.I think Rowling did a fairly good job of wrapping this series up. It was an excellent audio series, so give it a listen if you can! I docked this one a star because I just can’t believe Rowling would end the series that way. I was completely disappointed with that last line and overall how it ended. This is still a great book and I would like to thank The Lovely Ivonne for buddying up with me for this one.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-04 07:51

    3.5 starsThis is the third book in Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) series about grizzled private detective Cormoran Strike - a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost his leg during the hostilities, and his former secretary, now partner - pretty, strawberry blonde Robin Ellacott.As the story opens Strike and Robin are working on a couple of cases and getting on with their private lives: Strike is dating beautiful (almost) divorcée Elin and Robin is planning her wedding to Matthew - a handsome but insensitive guy who resents Robin's job and her friendship with Strike. (As before, most readers probably wonder how Robin can continue her relationship with this irritating guy.)Robin receives a package at the Detective Agency and - thinking it's some wedding doodads - opens it to find the severed right leg of a young woman. Not only is this horrifying but it seems to be sending a message because Strike is missing his right leg. Strike concludes that the package was most likely sent by one of three men who hate him:Jeff Whittaker, Strike's former stepfather - a loutish, abusive, would-be rock star that Strike believes murdered his mother. Donald Laing, a vicious man who once bit Strike's face during an Army boxing match. Later, when Strike was in the Military Police, he arrested Laing for horrific wife abuse and helped imprison him for 16 years. Noel Brockbank, a serial pedophile who escaped prison because Strike struck him during an arrest. Brockbank blames Strike for his brain injury and epileptic fits.Strike reports his suspicions of the three men to the police but they decide to concentrate on other leads, in part because they resent Strike - who became famous after solving a couple of high-profile cases that eluded the cops. So Strike and Robin take it upon themselves to track down the three suspects while continuing to work their ongoing cases. Meanwhile, the killer goes on with his murderous spree. Parts of the story are narrated by the perp, who graphically describes how he abducts and kills young women. The psychopath seethes with jealousy and hatred for Strike and is determined to ruin his life, partly through targeting Robin. Thus, the killer sends another body part to Strike's partner.Though it's clear the killer has Robin in his sights, she's determined to be a good detective and an asset to the agency. Thus, Robin refuses to take proper precautions and finds herself in some dangerous situations. For me, this was hard to buy into. If I knew a depraved serial killer was following me around I'd for sure take cover - preferably in a bomb shelter. Strike and Robin's pursuit of the killer takes them around London and to other parts of Great Britain as they follow leads, question people, investigate dwellings, and so on. During their inquiries the detectives come across a group of people that have 'body integrity disorder', a mental illness that creates an obsession to have one or more limbs amputated. This is especially infuriating to Strike, whose life is greatly hampered by the absence of a leg.As all this is going on, Strike and Robin struggle with a mutual attraction that both seem reluctant to acknowledge. Matthew also inadvertently reveals a secret that throws a spanner into his and Robin's upcoming marriage plans. In addition, the story reveals incidents that profoundly affected Robin and Strike in their pasts, which have continuing repercussions. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future books.After a good deal of drama and danger, Strike gets a 'eureka moment' that helps him solve the case. For me, this part didn't ring true and I felt unsatisfied with the story's climax. Other than that though, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to mystery fans. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/