The Silkworm is the second Cormoran Strike novel by J.K.Rowling, writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. In 2017 I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, so this story has been on my reading list for a while; the only question was, would I enjoy it as much as the first?
The story begins when Strike receives a visit from Leonora Quine. Worried that her husband, novelist Owen Quine, has gone missing, again, she does not want to involve the police as last time he turned up in a hotel room. Despite the fact that Leonora has very little money to pay for Strike’s services he begins to assist inis her search for Quine, leading to the discovery of his body in a gruesome murder scene which seems to reflect the murder in his controversial new novel, Bombyx Mori. The hunt for the killer leads Strike, and his assistant Robin Ellacott, through the literary world of London, uncovering why Bombyx Mori caused such a stir, and resulted in its writer’s untimely death.
What a fantastic crime novel; I think I actually enjoyed this more than The Cuckoo’s Calling. Once I’d started to read The Silkworm I didn’t want to put it down. I really liked the balance between the investigation and the personal lives of Robin and Strike. Particularly fascinating were the details we learn about Robin’s relationship with her fiance Matthew (I’m not sure about anyone else but he really winds me up; what does she see in him? I’m hoping in later novels she will actually come to her senses). The twists and turns within this whodunnit were great and kept me intrigued right up until the final few pages.
I’d whole-heartedly recommend The Silkworm, especially for fans of crime fiction. I enjoyed it that much I’ve already started on the third Cormoran Strike novel, Career of Evil.