You may remember a little while ago I tweeted about the tough decision I had to make between buying the newest Robert Galbraith book and eating that day – the joys of a tiny paycheck.
Guess which one I picked?
… I got some hungry reading done that day! But the real question is, was it worth it?
As with his two previous books The Cuckoo’s Calling & The Silkworm, Galbraith (aka JK Rowling in man shaped disguise) has created Career of Evil as a stand alone book. Although I’d recommend getting to know Cormoran & Robin by reading the first two books, you can just pick this up and be thrown into their world without feeling lost at all.
& it’s a pretty cool world, in a fascinating-from-a-distance kind of a way – it definitely makes me think i’d make a solid detective. Cormoran – a decorated war hero turned private detective, has been developing a bit of a fan club following the success of his previous, high profile jobs. As with most fanclubs they’re a bit mental & then someone sends his secretary (Robin) a leg and it all goes a bit wierd.
The story is great fun – in a dark, twisted, violent kind of a way. I made the mistake of reading the final chapter alone on a train, at night; don’t do this, this is a terrible idea. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but just don’t do this.
There are punch ups, break ups, heavy drinking, a lot of coffee & a good handful of nutters thrown into the mix; all important detective story ingredients. So if you’re looking to get lost in a story that will make you gasp & jump at shadows – this is the way to go.
Now this is gonna sound bad and please don’t judge me for this – but ladies, there’s a romance a brewing in this one. I’m not the sort to only read books if there’s some mush in there, in fact I loved Galbraith’s first book, for the lack of classic romance tropes.
I think because it’s happened over the course of three books (not that anything’s happened yet *shakes fist*) I’m 100% behind this now, and I will read the series until they bloody well get together!
…..I feel like this may have been the point…
You’ve won this time Galbraith….
Wine pairing for this book would be a robust Rioja, or maybe a neat Whiskey…that’s what Detectives drink right?
So was it worth going hungry for a day? Absolutely!
I give Career of Evil 4 out of 5 Wines.