A serial killer is on the loose and he seems to hunt for Cormoran Strike’s secretary-cum-partner, Robin. Unfortunately the limping detective doesn’t know who out of three possible psychopaths from his past might be responsible. There will be walking and talking plus some personal drama.
Strike and Robin were just magnetic in this one, especially her. My problem? There were too few scenes featuring them both. The majority of the novel consists of a wild goose chase I wasn’t interested in at all. The murders were lurid but also somehow bland, quite an achievement I admit but of rather negative quality. The killer’s point of view? I found it not especially original or riveting, just a memoir of a sicko. If not for filling in the outlines of Robin and Strike, fleshing out the conflicts, secrets and anxieties that form their identities, most probably it would be a DNF, sad but true.
Not the weakest book in the series but also one with a plot seriously lacking tension. And that wedding at the end – it was mean, clearly added to make readers crave for more. Still meh.
Other books of this author reviewed here:
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike 01)
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike 02)