What is your rating of The Silkworm

Do not study

Shortly before Christmas I gave myself a present: a new JK Rowling, because 15 years earlier I was able to get to know this wonderful author and her stories. And even if I'm probably anticipating the review a bit and the stories about Cormoran Strike are so very different from Harry Potter, it was just great to lie on the couch or in bed with a Rowling book at Christmas time.

Once a photo without a dust jacket, because it was already a bit damaged when I bought it and I preferred to take it off to read. (Photo: private)



Owen Quine, a controversial writer, goes missing and his wife turns to Cormoran Strike for help. She thinks her husband just went underground, as he has done before to make himself more interesting. Amid many dull relationship cases, Owen Quine's disappearance is an interesting distraction, but Strike soon discovers a crime has been committed here.

Central to the entire plot is the author's grotesque, unpublished novel, in which almost everyone in his life is defamed and insulted. There are so many motives for ending Quine's life and Strike and his clever assistant Robin Ellacott have their hands full unraveling the tangle of different sensitivities and intrigues.

My impression:

It was some time ago that I had read the previous volume "The Cuckoo’s Calling", but after only a few pages I was familiar with all the characters again and already completely captivated by the plot. It started off a little quietly, Quine's disappearance dragged on a bit, but since the collaboration between Strike and Robin was discussed at the same time, I actually only noticed it afterwards.

In between I had the feeling once or twice that I might lose track of the many different characters, as clients of other investigations of Strike came up, but in the end it wasn't a problem despite my bad name memory.

As always with Jo's books, I was fascinated by the seemingly simple way in which she breathes life into her characters, gives them different personalities and makes them look like real people. Even with minor characters that rarely appeared in the book, I had the feeling that they were characters with a story of their own - and that I would only learn a fraction of them based on the course of the story.


Throughout, “The Silkworm” was an exciting read and I especially like the rapid ending and I hope there will be volume three of this series soon. Dear Mrs. Rowling, for the last 15 years I seem to have done nothing but wait for new books from you.

If you like Rowling's style and don't mind bloody thrillers, you should grab this book!

5 out of 5 stars.

More about the book:

  • Hardback edition
  • Publishing company: Sphere
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 10: 1408704021
  • ISBN 13: 9781408704028

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February 13, 2015 in Book Addiction, Crime / Thriller, Reviews. Tags: Cormoran Strike, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, Review, Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, Thriller