Last year I was so excited to learn that there was going to be a new Robert Galbraith book. I purchased the novel as soon as it came out and then held on to it for quite a while before reading. It was worth the wait for me.
The Strike books are best read in order although a new reader could pick this one up and still enjoy it. Long term readers of the series may feel, as I do, that the novels are to be savored for the relationship between the protagonists. Since Robert Galbraith is J K Rowling, a master plotter, I am sure that she knows where she is going to take us in their (not quite) romance.
Along with catching up with Robin and Matthew (and Sarah) and Strike, there is a mystery to solve. What did Billy see? How does it relate to the troubled family of the Minister for Culture? How does this plot intersect with that of the blind minister who is involved in sport and her sleazy husband? Who is the murderer in the present?
Set in London, Parliament, country estates and the country the book has many settings. Politics and the London Olympics are the background.
The novel is long, very long, but I was happy to stay within the pages of this book as I both eagerly awaited the denouement and yet, did not want the book to end. I am already looking forward to the next in this series.
Have you read this one? Did you enjoy it? I would be interested to know your thoughts.
“At times you might feel as you did when reading the Harry Potter books, particularly later in the series, when they got longer and looser. You love the plot, and you love being in the company of the characters, and you admire the author’s voice and insights and ingenuity, and you relish the chance to relax into a book without feeling rushed or puzzled or shortchanged…. Long live the fertile imagination and prodigious output of J.K. Rowling.”―The New York Times