The Silkworm is the second Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith (pen name of J.K. Rowling). I am a huge Harry Potter fan and greatly admire the depth and continuity of J.K. Rowlings character development. However, I really didn’t enjoy The Casual Vacancy (her first book outside the Harry Potter Universe) and hoped that I would like her first Cormoran Strike Novel (the Cuckoo’s Calling) better. Thankfully my worries were unnecessary as not only were the characters interesting and well developed, but so too was the plot. This has carried into the Silkworm, which I had the pleasure of reading whilst on holiday (photos to come soon!).
Cormoran Strike is a large (in every sense of the word) ex-army private investigator and despite his physical appearance (his head hair looks pubic!) he has a stream of female admirers. He is aided in his enquiries by Robin Ellacott his secretary who longs to be more involved in his cases. His main case throughout this book is what appears at first to be a simple open and shut case of a missing person but turns out to be an often grotesque and complicated criminal investigation. Owen Quine, writer of a cult classic has disappeared and his wife hires Cormoran to investigate, as they discover Owen finished an explosive new manuscript just before his disappearance, with the potential to embarrass a plethora of people in the literary world, the suspects start to multiply.
I enjoyed this just as much as the first, and really liked how the characters back stories were developed (even previously minor ones). Although I really wish half of the gruesome/explicit scenes had been cut, I don’t think they added anything to the plot. The plot was full of twists and turns, yet remained believable. I hope the current trend of one Cormoran Strike novel a year continues for many years to come!