I mentioned that after spending several weeks in November/early December working on my manuscript, I went into “receive” mode. I wasn’t in the mood to express, just absorb whatever was happening around me. I listened to lots of music (and even started the Serial podcast), watched tons of movies, and read several books. One of my favorites was Silkworm. I’m a fan of J.K. Rowling’s writing style (hello…Harry Potter). Since the HP series she has branched out and started to write books targeted at adults. I wasn’t immediately drawn in by Vacancy (I may need to pick it up and try again), but I loved 2013’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. Cuckoo’s Calling is book one in a mystery series that she writes under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Silkworm is book 2 in the series (also known as the Cormoran Strike series). It’s the story of a writer that goes missing. The missing writer’s wife contacts Cormoran (he’s a private detective) to help find him. As the investigation unfolds, it is discovered that the writer had a secret life and quite a few skeletons in the closet. A book surfaces that is supposedly by the missing author and it is JACKED UP! Like it’s gross and perverted and based on people the writer knew…it’s no wonder someone wanted the guy dead!
I love the writing style in these novels (smart and witty) and I love that they take place in the UK. The language and descriptions are so good that you feel like you are actually on the investigation with Strike. I should mention that these books aren’t quick reads. Both Cuckoo’s and Silkworm took me several days (I had to recheck it out at the library). If you’re looking for something to start and finish in an afternoon, this isn’t it. You need to take time to digest the chapters, no skimming! I can’t wait for the next one.
I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads. I’m participating in the Goodreads 2015 reading challenge, feel free to follow along!