Summary from Goodreads
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 one of the suspects, Strike and Robin 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…
I will be honest…I was a little bored of this book to begin with *insert collective, angry gasp*. But hear me out….it started out almost the same way as the other two novels have, so I knew right from the get-go that the same events will happen, except with a different killer. With that being said, I really got into it and it eventually took over my life, just like every other J.K. Rowling book has. I’ve said this before, but just the way she writes and draws her readers in is amazing. It keeps me wanting more of her, to experience her books even more. I loved the intertextuality, and how there are so many connections between the Blue Oyster Cult lyrics, and there was a Shakespeare reference at one point (of course, I marked the page but then lost it. No surprise there).
I will say that for this book, I didn’t exactly like the way we find out who the killer is…I felt that the way Strike explained his connections to everyone was rushed. I would rather have had J.K. Rowling take her time and really explain everything. It was a different feel this time around, when compared to the other Cormoran Strike novels.
But seriously, can we take a moment to pray for the friend-zone Strike keeps Robin in? My god, I want them to be together SOOO badly. They’re somewhat perfect together. Plus I really hate her future husband. I won’t give anything away, but there came a point when we read how Robin feels and sees him, so I was ready and willing to support their relationship. But with the gas station scene? HELL NO. Not anymore. #StrikeandRobin
I loved this book and the new (and old) characters that were introduced. 10/10 from me, obviously. You go J.K. Rowling! I really can’t wait for the next one to come out, which I believe is sometime this year. This is a great crime novel. I’m not sure if it would be appealing to those who haven’t read Rowling before or particularly like this genre, but it is a fantastic read otherwise and it kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part.