#16 — The Silkworm

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Rating: 2/5

  • This is the second book in the Cormoran Strike detective series
  • Cormoran is hired by a wife of a writer who would like his help in locating her husband. The husband ends up murdered and everyone thinks the wife did it. He was getting ready to publish a book which insults the people who were closest to him, and he was murdered in the same way that was described in his manuscript. Everyone who had access to the draft is a suspect. There is also a side plot with Cormoran’s sidekick who is getting ready for her wedding 
  • There were too many characters and overall just too many things going on that were distracting and uninteresting; there was a preoccupation with making the plot complicated so as to not make the culprit obvious
  • The trick to a successful mystery novel is making things appear simple; the best mystery novels lead the reader into a conclusion that is wrong until the very end, when all is revealed. This book failed to do this or create compelling characters that make you want to read every word of this 400+ page novel