Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Length: 656 pages
Description from Goodreads:
“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.
Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are back to solve some more mysteries. This series is one of my favorites, and ever since I read it last year I’ve been excitedly waiting for this next installment to come out.
I really loved this book. It definitely was not my favorite mystery of the series so far, mostly because I don’t think anything could top Career of Evil. It was still enjoyable, and I was glued to the pages, wanting to know what was going on. Seriously, I spent most of my weekend with my nose glued to this book, giving me real Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release nostalgia.
I think the book definitely could have benefited from being a bit shorter. It was 656 pages long, which is really long for a mystery novel, and I would have liked it just the same, or perhaps even more, if there was a bit less going on. It felt that there were parts of this book that could have been removed to reduce the complexity and remove some of the filler. Still, I felt the pacing was okay, even though it was so long.
But my favorite part of these books is not the mystery, but the relationship between Strike and Robin. I just love everything about them. They work so well together and are both such wonderfully written characters.
If you’re a fan of the first three books, rest assured, this one does not disappoint. The most disappointing part of this book is that now who knows how long it will be until J.K. Rowling write the next one.
I will also be posting a spoiler-ridden discussion to go into more details, so if you’ve read it and want to talk about it freely, join me over there.