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Troubled Blood

(Cormoran Strike #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  69,295 ratings  ·  7,743 reviews
Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough — who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the l
Hardcover, 944 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Sphere
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Adria I agree and also add that whatever personal opinions the author of this book does or doesn't hold should not be a factor when offering a rating. …moreI agree and also add that whatever personal opinions the author of this book does or doesn't hold should not be a factor when offering a rating. (less)
Sharon It's not about a cross-dressing serial killer. There is one mention, in one paragraph, about a male suspect who wore a wig and a woman's coat. …moreIt's not about a cross-dressing serial killer. There is one mention, in one paragraph, about a male suspect who wore a wig and a woman's coat. (less)
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Jamie Smith
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Updated review:
There was a lot going on in this book which made it hard to follow at times. At heart, it revolves around the character development of Strike and Robin. The case itself was slower and more along the lines of The Cuckoos Calling. Addressing the issue of Creed, or the “trans” alleged villain, he was not trans or gender confused. He disguises himself in a way that appeals to his victims but it’s such a minuscule detail that if you blink you’ll miss it entirely. Rowling does address o
Caidyn (he/him/his)
September 14 2020

This book comes out tomorrow. I will unfriend you if I see you reading this. Today, it's been revealed that the plot to this book is also transphobic, which you can read about here.

If you read this book, consider yourself a transphobe. Because you decided that her transphobia is something you can overlook to continue on with a book series.

July 2020

All reviews have been purged from this book, including mine that calls JKR out for being a transphobe (among other things).

(A-) 81% | Very Good
Notes: A catchy yet belabored song, elaborate and story-strong, it all in all goes on and on, ho-hum in spots and far too long.
Emer Mccarthy
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely excellent book, just finished. There is no transvestite murderer. There's a sentence in which one near-victim in the 1970s couldn't give a good description her attacker as he wore a woman's wig and coat. That's it. No mention of transgender throughout the book.
The statements from the online mob of bullies are pure bulls*#t.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely disgusted by these comments.
I am LGBTQ myself and I find nothing offensive. Do you people READ?
J.K.ROWLING is not Transphobic. How Can anyone even be offended by...Sorry...PERIODS.
What an insanely stupid topic. GROW THE F..K UP.

She didn't say anything Anti Trans or Anti LGBTQ. What the HELL happened to the FREE-SPEECH?
You took all her words out of context to create your TOXIC Narrative for your TOXIC Activism.
Our community is literally finished. We do not tarnish an Author's Ima
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was extremely excited to read this novel as J.K Rowling/Robert Galbraith is the only author that makes me pre-order. I got this in the morning the novel was published but I started to properly read it after two weeks because I needed quiet time from GR to be able to enjoy my reunion with Strike and Robin.

I enjoyed the ride but it was way too long. I jokily anticipated the length with a comment as soon as I knew the title and added the novel to my TBR but I wasn’t expected to be so right. I un
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Hey, so here's an idea, if someone says they feel like they're hurt or marginalized by a book, maybe DON'T comment on that person's reviews and act like you want their permission to read it to be a good person and/or smugly inform that person that you're going to read it anyway. Both of those things are seriously major trash monster moves.

If you're feeling that bothered about someone telling you that a book is problematic, then you probably KNOW, deep down, that it's problematic. Does that refl
Nicky Stee
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You are all acting like JK Rowling is rounding up trans people into her mansion and brutally slaughtering them. You sound like children... You can't enjoy a story by an extremely talented writer because she doesn't have the exact same views as you? That is beyond pathetic. Do you have any idea how much money Jo has donated to charity? She's done so much more for humanity than any of you simpering morons ever will.. Congrats on being woke on the internet though, you're really making a difference ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Time for the FAQ because most of you are repeating each other-
You know that a man dressing up as a woman to kill people can happen in real life/fiction, right?

Yes, I know. I also know that it is a theme in Silence of the Lambs and Psycho. No need to mention it for the 42nd time. The man dressing up as a woman isn't the main point. It's the fact that Rowling is abusing her enormous platform to share unkind and hateful opinions about the trans community. Her incorrect comments do nothing exce
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When the killer is a woman: "YOU'RE A MISOGYNIST"
When the killer is a transgender: "YOU'RE A TRANSPHOBE"
When the killer is black: "YOU'RE A RACIST"
When the killer is a straight white male: "This is fine because all white men are white supremacists and rapists."

- The idiotic left (2020)
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t understand why there are so many one-star reviews where the reviewer outright states they haven’t read the book. What’s the point? If you can’t separate art from artist, you shouldn’t be consuming any media, because then you’d have to apply the opinions of every author to every piece of work they put out, and that’s just not plausible.

The author’s opinions and whether people disagree with them shouldn’t have any place in the reviewing of a book, because the entire point of a book review
Lowen Hazel
Sep 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hmmm a book about a serial killer going around killing women while disguised as a woman written by She Who Will Not Be Named..... nothing wrong or suspicious here. If anyone dares say she isn't transphobic after this after she is saying that 'men in dresses' should be seen as suspicious and predatory and potentially altering people's views so they also see it this way then I kindly ask you to go choke! ...more
Mrs Beryl
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read this
Couldn't care less her views on Gender whatever, still writes a good enough story for me.
Billy Reeves
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of course I was going to give it 5 stars, as always!

This one is a bit different because it’s a cold case they have to solve, so there wasn’t much immediate danger. Though, without giving anything away, Strike and Robin are in more danger than they think.

The relationship between Strike and Robin is VERY interesting in this one and I’m sure everyone is dying to know what happens between them just as much as wanting to know whodunnit.

I loved the involvement of astrology, tarot cards, occultism/Ale
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rowling's latest in the London based private investigator Cormoran Strike series is one for those who enjoy being immersed in a mystery for a considerable length of time, a fast paced read this is not. The author plays to her trademark strengths of focusing on characters and their development, both with Strike and Robin, who have personal challenges to handle, and the other people created specific to a 40 year old cold case. Strike is in Cornwall staying with his Aunt Joan and Uncle Ted, more pa ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I was dying to find out what was going to happen with Strike and Robin after that wonderful, sexual-tension-filled ending in the last book. Alas, Jo Rowling has killed any desire for me to read number 5. I ignored her past transphobic statements in the past and chalked them up to her being ignorant or thoughtless. The past few months have proven she is thoughtful in her callousness. I won't put money in her pocket again. Do I feel bad about leaving a one-star review on a book I haven't read? Nah ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Haven't read it and I don't plan to in the near future but it pisses me off that some rate a book not published yet with 5 stars so as it can start with high rating. ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing worse than people who rate a book before it’s release!!!
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
Intricate and Surprising!

40 years ago, Margot Bamborough, a young doctor, went missing without a trace. At the time, a notorious serial killer named Creed was on the loose, targeting innocent women. Although there was no evidence, the police believed Creed was responsible for Margot's disappearance. In the present, her daughter contracts the famous Detective Cormoran Strike to find out what really happened to her mother. No one really believes that Strike and his partner, Robin, will unearth wh
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: won-t-read
Not being transphobic is easy and fun! Choose to support authors who aren't sentient bags of garbage. ♥

-- a trans person who grew up with a special interest in Harry Potter and can't begin to describe how disappointed they are in their ex-role model
Ian Davis
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Could it have been trimmed down a bit? Maybe. But, this book had all of the mystery, heart, and character dynamics that I love about this series. Strike and Robin are such a wonderful duo. It was so easy to fall back into the familiar rhythm of their story, even though it’s been two years since I finished the last one. If you like a good mystery, this one does not disappoint!
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. A 900 page, roller coaster ride through deep relationships and a 40 year old cold case. Firstly lets get the thought police out of the way first - the offending comment in the book is on page 75 and it recounts a serial killer who used to dress occasionally in a women's coat and wig to look less threatening in persuading women to jump into a van with him. This is not transphobic - if you don't want to read the book and give JK Rowling your money - great! That is your choice - but don ...more
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
There sure is some TROUBLED BLOOD surrounding this book!

Can it get worse?
Does the irony of the issues surrounding this book deepen??

↓ ↓ ↓
JKR basically spoiled this book's plot with her slew of transphobia:

PUBLICATION DAY things to consider if, after all the calls to stop supporting this author, you still want to read this book:

— a cisman dressing up as a woman to kill women is a rare, improbable thing becau
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is so stupid that people are giving this book 1 star without reading it because a serial killer cishet killer sometimes likes to dress up as a woman TO LURE HIS VICTIMS IN by making himself seem non threatening. I do not understand how this is transphobic whatsoever. Now, if they were upset about a trans character in "Silkworm", I'd understand. But this is just "brave" keyboard warriors fighting for... what? So brave to click on one star for a book you haven't read and vow you never will.

I lo
Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope
This blog doesn’t support transphobic authors or their equally phobic works. I recommend instead people read some books by actual trans authors!
Here’s a short list:
Felix Ever After
I Wish You All the Best
Cemetery Boys
A Safe Girl to Love

Edit: I am done responding to hateful comments. However if anybody would like to have an actual discussion on how this work is harmful, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fuck-this
i can't undo hp's success but i sure can scream about this transphobic as fuck bullshit.

in case her violently transphobic tweets in the past few months were not indicative enough, jkr has now written a book where the villain is a man who "dresses as a woman and kills people." so. 🙃 she can rot in hell and this book'll be there with her
Sep 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
In my review of Lethal White, I described the 650-page previous entry in this series in part as: “I do mean long, clocking in at almost a full third longer than the first three books in the series. Is it too long? Perhaps. There were a few places that I felt dragged a bit despite the generally solid pacing of the story.”

So, now JKR offers up a 944-page story. You know how I know this is a bloated, overlong mystery novel that badly needed an editor? Because you can’t name another mystery novel t
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-gonna-read
note: i'll be deleting any new comments since it all went out of control with sick and obsessed people attacking me and calling me racist slurs just for defending a minority.

i'll repeat what i said in the comments here: if this book had been written by someone else, the story would be different. i can't give a free pass to a woman that has previously made discriminatory statements towards the trans community. declarations that have fed the stereotypes that negatively affect trans people, making
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I would recommend that you read this book on your kindle or other device. I read the paperback and it was huge, unwieldy and very heavy. Nevertheless the content made my struggle worthwhile.

This series is definitely character driven and although I have had issues with some characters (especially Robin) in the previous books I had no such problems this time. In Troubled Blood both Robin and Strike are going through stressful times with their own families and it is good to watch them lean
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book features a crossdressing male serial killer. Many documented serial killers have been cross dressers. Trans women are not crossdressing men. Saying this book is transmisogynistic says more about how you view trans women than how Rowling does
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This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults.

NOTE: There is more than one author with this name on Goodreads.
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Rowling was born to Anne Rowling (née Volant) and Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) north

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