Katie Reads: Career of Evil

While I work my way through the sequel to Fablehaven as promised, I thought I’d go ahead and talk about another book I finished recently: Robert Gilbraith’s Career of Evil. Aka J. K. Rowling’s Career of Evil.

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“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 highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.”

I read and really liked the other two Cormoran Strike books (yes I jumped on board when it was revealed that they were actually by JK, because she is queen), so this book has been on my radar for a while now.

For reasons unknown, because I’ve read all the books, I am always strangely surprised by the darker elements of this series and this one had plenty. As the description above says, the book opens with Robin being sent a severed leg. Yikes. But it also delved into a lot of other dark elements like sexual violence and also the concept of being transabled (people who feel like impostors in physically able bodies who believed they are meant to be disabled), which is often related to BIID. The other two books were dark, but the focus on sexual violence made this book feel much scarier in a way because that’s a much more relateable and common issue than say being a murdered model ala The Silkworm.

As with the other two books I really enjoyed it, and had no idea who the big baddie was until the end. Cormoran and Robin were enjoyable characters as always, and I loved how JK layers in so many clues that it’s difficult to know which are red herrings and which point to the killer. I think that’s part of the reason I like these mysteries so much – there isn’t an obvious chain leading to the killer as there often are with mystery books, instead like with a real murder case there is lots of superfluous information that has to be sorted through as well.

That said, I made the mistake of reading this before bed and subsequently was a little terrified of turning out the lights.

Stay magical readers!

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2 thoughts on “Katie Reads: Career of Evil

  1. I am SO excited to get my copy of Career Of Evil tomorrow! I loved the first two- Silkworm better than The Cuckoo’s Calling, due to the strangeness and darkness of the mystery. Surprised to hear that this one is even darker- but really looking forward to reading it. Hope to see more character development in this novel, I loved how much Strike and Robin grew in the last novel!

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