The Silkworm is Robert Galbraith's second novel and see's the return of Private Detective Cormoran Strike and his trusted sidekick Robin Ellacott. Galbraith's debut novel 'The Cuckoo's Calling' was fantastic and both my wife and I were extremely excited when we found out this was being written.
Owen Quine is a novelist that has gone missing. Quine has just completed his latest book which shares the darkest secrets of all the people he knows. Strike has been brought in by Quine's wife to find the missing author but when he finds him brutally murdered it changes from a missing person case to a murder investigation. Mrs Quine is the Police's number 1 suspect. Did she do it? Strike does not think so. Who really did murder Owen Quine?
Just like 'The Cuckoo's Calling', this book sucks you straight into the story and you are hooked. The words just fall off the page and you are wanting to know more. As the story begins, you are introduced to the majority of would be suspects and, like a good Agatha Christie novel you are given a little background as to their motive for killing the victim. You are already making notes in your mind as to "Who done it?" before the victim has even been found.
Galbraith has a way of writing characters that are so believable you build up a visual in your mind. Strike & Robin are brilliant together and are so much fun to read about and follow throughout the book. The relationship between them has grown a lot since the first book. Although strictly business they do act like an old married couple sometimes.
Half way through the book anyone of 9 characters could have killed Owen Quine. I'm sure at one point I thought they all had done it! With each chapter, your main suspect changes, and and before you know it you only have around 50 pages left. Still non the wiser. I love that the twists and turns kept coming all the way to the end and you literally only find out "Who Done it" with about 10 pages left. Did I get it right? nah way off..........
I scored this book a 5 out of 5. Why? Because it is a good old fashioned Murder Mystery with loveable characters. This book is very dark in places but so much fun and enjoyable to read. I would recommend you read this book but if you get chance to read The Cuckoo's Calling first then please do so you will love that as well.
Please Robert Galbraith can we have more Cormoran Strike novels.
I would love to know what other people think about the book if you have read it. Do you agree with me or not?