Thursday, October 20, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Silkworm

The Silkworm By Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Release Date: Format: Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestsellerThe Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
I don't think I'm ever going to be able to read these books, because Robert Glenister narration is so good that he IS Cormoran Strike to me.  I think he is one of the best narrators I have listened to. These books are a bit lengthy but I find that he makes it worth while. I also love that he can do some great regional accents, and I don't find his impression of women to be so over the top like over male narrators sometimes do.

I actually think this second novel is better than the first, but I think that is because mostly it kept me guessing. In the first Cormoroan Strike novel I figured out who did it pretty early on, but with this novel I had NO idea. Mostly because the victim in this novel was so unlikeable that it could have been so many different people. I never figured it out before it was revealed, and I have to say that it really surprised me. There were certain things that I just never picked up on. Which is probably why I would never make a good detective.

I really like where the development of Robin's character is going. I know we are supposed to dislike her fiance and want her to be with Strike instead, but I feel like she is still a mystery to the reader. There are a lot of things we still don't know about her, and I like that Galbraith hands us a little piece in each book. I am really interested in why she has been with Mathew for so long if he doesn't support her career, and why she dropped out of University. I really want to know more about her, and I really like that Strike is finally taking her under his wing to train her in detective work.

What I am liking in this series so far is that Galbraith shows us a different work/life culture in each novel. I thought it was really interesting that the author chose to showcase the cutthroat book publishing world. It was definitely an interesting topic to write about, and I think it explains why I have a problem with a lot of adult novels. For me some of these authors are a bit too pretentious like Quine.

If you are looking for a good detective novel series to start, I highly recommend starting the Cormoroan Strike novels. If you read the first novel and haven't picked up the second one yet, you need to get on that. These books are great!

Happy Reads Everyone!