The Silkworm is the second book in a series please make sure you check out The Cuckoo’s Calling book review first!
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
I started to reread this series including The Silkworm after reading and hating The Girl on the Train. It was one of the months, I was in the mood for some more adult fiction and wanted to carry on my crime thing I had going on. I had all three of the books sat on my shelf and I had read The Cuckoo’s Calling before, but hadn’t had the others until this August. So I decided to read The Silkworm this December.
I loved the first one and if you haven’t read my review, start there by clicking here. I love the complexity of the characters and the way they all work in cohesion. It does make for an interesting series of events, and the murder mysteries are well put together. You never see the ending coming or the murderer and this one was no different. However I didn’t connect to the characters or the story on the same level as I did the last one.
I don’t know what it was. I enjoyed the insight into the publishing world but the story just didn’t draw me in as much as the others did. It wasn’t always interesting and the murdered person wasn’t my favourite. I found it hard to connect to him as a person. It was one of those where I didn’t have any feelings for the character and actually thought he was an awful person. I did find the reasoning for the murder interesting, and well explained.
My favourite character in The Silkworm as always is Cormoran Strike, his reactions and the way that he deals with situations is perfectly well done. I just really love the way his story progresses, he makes me smile and I’m really interested in his technique and the way he manipulates situations. Especially in this book, we see him struggle and overcome the different obstacles put in his path.
My least favourite character in The Silkworm would have to be Matthew. Once again he irritated the hell out of me. It was hard to read anything about him or his relationship with Robin. I personally think he’s a disgusting character and the way he treats people in the book. I find it really hard to deal with people like that and sympathise with his way of thinking.
If you loved the first book, then definitely check this one out! Although the story had something missing for me it was still definitely worth the read. You learn way more about the characters backstory and the way that they work with each other. Which makes the whole thing worth it!
If anyone knows any really good crime books then let me know. I would really like to read some of the great crime books. I don’t fancy trying to find some on my own.