Series: Cormoran Strike #3
Also in this series: The Cuckoo's Calling
Published by Mulholland Books
Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…
Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
Career of Evil is the last published Cormoran Strike book and I have to say it might even be my favourite. The point of views in this book blew me away. There was never a moment of boredom or of slow action, I was always on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen. I was totally in love with the characters and the plot was wonderfully complex. I don’t know how to describe what happened this book, other than it was great, well constructed and extremely enjoyable.
One thing I hated was the ending, I’m not going to spoil anything but I wanted the exact opposite to happen. That was the only thing that slightly annoyed me about this book. I just couldn’t see the point in the ending, it didn’t seem to set anything up, and it was pointless.
My favourite character in Career of Evil is still Cormoran. I just love the way he handles things, and in this book there was a lot of moments where his backstory came out and you couldn’t help but link the way he reacts to defining moments in his childhood. I just think that as a character he is well done and complicated in all the right ways.
My least favourite character in Career of Evil has to be Robin, just for this one book. Her decisions were clouded and there was a lack of foresight to them. I just found her to be spoilt and irritated throughout the entire story, there were more moments of ‘Urghhh, stop it Robin’ than ‘Oh wow, that was great Robin’. I’m hoping she’s going to improve in the next one, otherwise it’s going to be a series that nosedives very quickly.
In terms of recommendations, if you have read the second and like me was a little underwhelmed, then never fear because Career of Evil brings all the great parts of The Cuckoo’s Calling back to life.
Have you read this series? What did you think of the ending of Career of Evil? Did it annoy you too?