Always a Step Behind // Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

CareerOfEvil

CLUE: THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES

This is the third book in this series, yet there are still so many things to learn about these characters. The mystery at the center of this book involves many different people from Cormoran’s past, but we also learn some sad things about Robin’s past – this book is very much a Cormoran AND Robin book, and I love it. Their relationship with each other also continues to evolve, and I’m definitely intrigued by it all. I loved reading the mystery and trying to figure out which figure from Cormoran’s past is wreaking havoc on his present life, but it’s the personal growth and twisting relationships that really intrigue me in this book.

CLUE: ROBIN IS AMAZING AND DESERVES A HUG

This series has always been labeled the “Cormoran Strike” series, but it’s just as much the story of Robin Ellacott. She gets plenty of focus, from chapters from her point of view to better insight into her past. We always knew bits and pieces about her past, like the fact that she never completed her university career due to something happening, but it’s only in this book that we really learn about it and how it’s affected Robin’s current personality and relationships. I just wanted to give her a big hug most of the time, but she really didn’t need it much of the time, because she’s such a strong character and able to handle herself, no matter what the other people around her might think.

CLUE: THE MYSTERY WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING – IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, ANYWAY

I kept trying to figure out who was being the horrific crimes at the center of this book, but I just couldn’t. There were loads of clues and suspects and such, but it’s all twisted and full of turns that make it difficult to see the killer coming, even though we get into his head for the first time with this book. Yes, I went ahead and said “he,” but I don’t think that’s a spoiler – early on, Cormoran has it narrowed it down to three men from his past, so unless it’s someone completely out of left field (and I won’t actually say if it is), it’s likely a “he.” But you’ll just have to read this book to see if I’m just messing with you and there’s another pronoun to use.

CONCLUSION: THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WORTH A READ

I feel like I might be a bit biased when it comes to singing the praises of J.K. Rowling, under her own name or her pseudonym, but I really do think that she deserves it. Even in the gritty and scary world of her Cormoran Strike books, her writing just draws you in and keeps you turning the pages quickly just to soak it all in, even if you aren’t interested in the characters or mystery – although you really should be. That ending, while not necessarily a cliffhanger, definitely has me excited for the next book. It doesn’t have a title, cover, or release date yet, but it’s on Goodreads and that’s enough for me to get extremely excited for it.

CareerOfEvilTitle: Career of Evil

Position: Book Three in Cormoran Strike series

Author: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and The Silkworm)

Genre: Adult/Mystery

Pages: 489

Rating: 4.5/5

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.

5stars

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