This is the third instalment in the Cormoran Strike detective novels by Robert Galbraith aka J.K Rowling, and it is definitely the darkest so far.
When a severed leg is sent to Strike’s office addressed to Robin, he begins investigating three possible suspects from his past, an ex-boyfriend of his mother’s, and two he knew from his time in the Special Investigations Branch.
Like the two previous novels, the mystery is very well plotted with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing until the very end. One of my favourite things about Rowling/Galbraith as an author is her/his characterisation. The relationship between Strike and Robin develops quite a lot in this novel in some ways, with both becoming gradually aware of that they are somewhat attracted to the other. We also get to learn more about their pasts, particularly a traumatic incident that happened to Robin which in some way explains why she is still with her dull fiancé Matthew. Without giving too much away, there is a huge cliffhanger at the end of the novel with regards to Matthew/Robin/Strike.
Some chapters in the novel are written from the serial killer’s point of view which gave the novel an interesting and effective dimension. At first I thought it might help me work out who the killer was earlier, but it didn’t at all! I am thoroughly enjoying these series of novels and I think Strike is a wonderful character creation. I can’t wait until the next.