Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.
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 the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and 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…
Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
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I LOVED IT! I missed this kind of reads. In fact, now that I think of it, mystery and detective stories is really my first love in reading. It really gives me a whirlwind of emotions and excitement that I sometimes not feel all the time when reading other genres. I mean I love reading other genres of course, but stories like this one makes me even more engaged – and I love it!
As a little backgrounder to these books – Career of Evil is the third of the Cormoran Strike novels written by Robert Galbraith aka (if you otherwise have not yet known) J.K. Rowling. Yes, its the freaking literally genius herself who used a pseudonym and create another magnificent character and story line. I didn’t know yet it was her when I was reading the first book – Cuckoo’s Calling and I tremendously enjoyed it. Imagine my amazement when I found out it was her all along. The second novel, Silkworm is even better in my opinion. Cormoran Blue Strike is a private detective and an ex-SIB (Special Investigation Branch) investigator who lost his leg in a bombing while on duty in Afghanistan. His entire life is on the rocks at the start of the first novel – break up with long term fiancee, downtime of his career. He then was forced to hire a temp in the name of Robin Ellacott to help him with admin stuff in his struggling business. His business and sudden fame rose after solving his first two high profile cases that involved a supermodel and a rebel author with her then assistant-turned-partner, Robin.
This book’s plot particularly started when their business was doing great and yet all of a sudden, Robin received a severed leg of a woman in their office – which later on causes troubles for their business. Strike had suspects in mind but cannot be sure unless they perform a detailed investigation. The police is otherwise convinced that the culprit is the first suspect that Strike mentioned, but Strike himself believed that he made a mistake naming that person at all and was determined to perform his own form of trailing to the other suspects that the police do not even bother to look in to.
What I love about this book is that it had presented many directions that will make you think and guess even on the first chapter. What’s engaging in a really good mystery reads is that every freaking detail counts. I’ve had my fair share of badly written and overly predictable “mystery/thriller/psychological” stories and this one is most definitely not one of them – it’s legit a good one! Every other chapter you’ll change your suspect because it is THAT mind-twisting! It felt as if it is highly predictable on the current chapter only to change your routes on the next few ones. It’s crazy good!
I also love the POV of the killer in this book. I was honestly interested in his thoughts. He’s a TOTAL creepster yes, that is undeniably true. It’s frightening to read how evil he is. But reading through his POV really gives the story a more dynamic approach. Going through his POVs gives you clues pointing you to the right killer and yet leaves you more confused as it goes as well. How does that happen at the same time? word knows how! Let’s pin it on Robert – I mean Joanne, to kill us with her mind-boggling ideas.
This book also gives highlight to Robin. I love her character on the first two books! And the author giving us an interesting back story about this character is really an added plus! Every actions suddenly made all sense because we finally understood where she is coming from. Although, I won’t deny, there are instances that I am kinda annoyed at her for not listening – but at least there’s a reason behind it.
Strike is as likeable as ever. His character is not that usual good looking guy who got every f*c*ing good thing in the world. I love how he is not even remotely handsome (but not repulsive looking) and yet women still finds him attractive – or more so interesting. I also buy the fact that here is a character that goes through hell and whose life is imperfect, and mostly had been miserable – but his presence in the stories’ scenarios made it seem like life will still push through. I just love him!
The setting is overall stimulating because it’s real. Well I have never been to London (nor Scotland) that’s for sure, but I made an effort to google the places mentioned in this book and it gives me a more vivid picture of the entire world building. I also appreciate how the author throws in real life events (like the Royal wedding) to an otherwise fictional plot to make it seem like it’s real and it’s happening – to the point of actually feeling scared about it.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about emotions! Well I did not cry. This is NOT an emotional book in that sense but it brings out others like fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, delight. God, I am a mess. It’s been quite a while that I have a read a book that made me stop because I am literally afraid. It’s an amazing feeling! Lol.
Why I did not give this book though a perfect 5/5 rating is because I have wildly guessed who the killer is after reading the killer’s POV probably more than halfway through the story. Something about the character gave it away and even though I was confused and from time to time wanting to change suspects as the chapters progresses, in my heart, I stick with the suspect I pin the murders to and I was right. Even though I am kinda proud of that, it also gives me a realization that the story was somehow a tiny bit predictable. Another petty reason why I did not proceed with a solid 5 rating is *** SPOILER***
Was it ever mentioned who gave the roses to Robin? There was an unread card there (that as far as I know remained unread) that really bugged me so much. I do not think it was from Matthew. I was hoping there is something more to it and that it continues on the fourth book. But I might be wrong, and worst, I may have missed the part where it was explained but yeah. That bugs me. Thoughts? ***END OF SPOILER***
By the way, if ever these books were made into movie, who are your top actor choices? Mine’s Gerard Butler for Strike:
And my Robin Ellacott is Emma Watson:
Who are yours? 😀
That’s it for my review, if you need someone to talk over this book through, just comment down below and we’ll talk about it – I haven’t moved on yet tbh 😅