Once again, JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith, has written a suspenseful and dark — in truth, absolutely gruesome! – novel that was as fun to read as the first two. This is the third in this detective series starring Cormoran Strike, the very imperfect, one-legged war hero turned PI. His assistant/partner, Robin, an equally likable character, receives a woman’s severed leg delivered by courier to her at their shared office, and so this murder mystery begins.
The story is told from the perspectives of Cormoran, Robin and the killer (whose identity is not revealed until the end, but whose intentions and very psychotic way of thinking builds more and more suspense) and each of them brings a very dynamic and very human quality to the story. You really care about each of them (well, not the killer of course) and you can’t stop reading until you know what happens to each of them. And in this book, we learn more about both Cormoran’s and Robin’s pasts, which are both tragic in their own ways and really create that much more depth to their characters.
There of course is also an underlying attraction/tension between Cormoran and Robin, who are both determined to keep their relationship purely professional. They clearly have a mutual respect for each other’s intelligence and finesse and they are a great team. You can’t help wanting them to get together!
So while this book is not for anyone with a weak stomach, most will enjoy the ride!