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Confirms unwritten rule sequels are usually better than the first parts,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
`The Silkworm' written by J. K. Rowling (no more) hidden by pseudonym of Robert Galbraith is second novel in Cormoran Strike series, a private detective from London with turbulent history. Though first novel in series `The Cuckoo's Calling' was good and in the most part interesting work, initially it attracted the attention of the public and readers because of the whole fuss about author hidden identity.
So it was interesting to see what the author of the novel will deliver as the second installment, especially because little time has passed since the publication of the previous one, and the first sequel opened up a lot of space for the development of the story and the characters who appeared in it.
Therefore, after reading `The Silkworm' most important to say is that the second installment is lot better than the first part, and its reading can certainly be recommended because what was good in the first remained on same level of quality, while for some elements on which there was room for improvement now are much better.
For those few on the globe who still don't know, main character of this novel is strangely named London detective, Cormoran Strike, which was firstly a kind of stereotypical detective type, but as the story unfolds and the reader gets to know him, he reveals as guy with a troubled past because of disturbed childhood and military career because of which he lost his leg fighting in Afghanistan, but equally difficult present because og money problems and the inability to establish a closer relationship with the people from the environment.
In his life, because of a combination of circumstances will enter the assistant named Robin and together they solved the case of famous and high profile supermodel who had allegedly committed suicide several months ago though Strike's client (brother of the supermodel) was sure she was murdered.
Though I don't want to spoil the fun of reading, `The Silkworm' story is about the search for missing novelist Owen Quine who wrote a bit controversial text which is on the border of fiction and reality. As reader can assume, unfortunately he will not be found (alive), therefore Strike and Robin Ellacott will attempt to find the murderer and solve the mystery surrounding the death of novelist after they have been called first to investigate his disappearance.
The biggest strength of previous novel was the fact that these two characters, one who is detective and the other who dreams about becoming one, together with exciting investigation produced interesting story with many twists and turns. But most importantly, J.K. didn't fell for some cliché, speaking about possible love affair between main two characters.
In sequel, the author does not change her decision on this matter, though her two characters become even more developed, put into more complex story which will be intriguing for reader to discover and keep guessing. Again her novel is rich in details, though it seems that that unlike the first book, it does not slow down the pace, but gives the depth of the story.
Besides that, author in this sequel decided to introduce some interesting references to the events that occur in real life these days, such as phone hacking and non-compliance with journalistic ethics therefore her book provides an interesting overview on some of the events around us.
Overall, J. K. Rowling with `The Silkworm' confirmed unwritten rule that sequels are usually better than the first parts, creating a piece that will be delight for the fans of mystery and thriller genre.