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Of the 3 Robert Galbraith novels, this is my least favorite. The other two were someh******* WARNING - MINOR SPOILERS AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW ******
Of the 3 Robert Galbraith novels, this is my least favorite. The other two were somehow unique in their story telling. I felt this one was trying too hard to be like your typical detective mystery, opening with the POV of the killer, a la Dan Brown.
But still, it's Galbraith, aka JK Rowling who has proven way her story telling genius beyond just children's fantasy about a boy wizard. And reading his/her new one prompted me to re-read the previous two books, and revel in his/her seamless narrative.
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Ok, here's what I didn't like about it. The killer was a one-dimensional evil. So unlike the author's usual characters being multidimensional and relatable in some way. And in that sense this book too reminded me of Dan Brown - whose bad guys are glorified versions of childhood monsters. Have I mentioned "Dan Brown" twice in this review already?
Did Robin seriously say I Do at the end? Here's hoping for an annulment or quickie divorce! Team Cor-bin/Rob-oran!
Glad the author snuck in that Strike looks like Beethoven - can't get much clearer than that!...more
I hated the ending - hated it! - because I knew there was not a next book to jump to, and that I would have to wait however long to meet up with CormoI hated the ending - hated it! - because I knew there was not a next book to jump to, and that I would have to wait however long to meet up with Cormoran and Robin again. Damnit!
The book is typical of my experience with JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith in that it's very engrossing, but I can't tell you why. The writing doesn't strike me as particularly brilliant at any given moment (though there are a few choice quotes that I'm sure will be featured in Goodread's Quote section). Not that her writing isn't brilliant, but that the seams are so well hidden, like the Harry Potter series. But I feel quite intimate with Cormoran, can see him so clearly, know his tics and preferences. Same with Robin. I know the story and the setting, can feel the cold winter in London, see the flamboyant characters who fill the background of the literary publishing world, but I can't tell you why I like the book. She (or do I refer to the author as 'he'?) stumps me. It was the same with HP back in the day, when I was encouraging my sister to just read the books. I coudn't tell her WHY I enjoyed them or why she should read them, just... just.. pick up the book and read it, you won't regret it!
I do admit that while I am reading instances in this book as well as the predecessor, my mind will wander about how much of this world did JK experience herself, as a writer, as a famed and public figure. But that's as much as my attention as a reader wanders away from the story.
Regardless, it's a great book. Not just entertaining and engrossing, but a keeper. Most genre novels are like junk food - consume with some regret afterwards - but this just leaves me wanting more. ...more