The best thing about starting a new series of books is that if you time it right, you can binge a little bit. I do this with TV all the time (I was a latecomer to Orange is the New Black on Netflix, so I was able to binge-watch season one about three months before the second season came out. This also explains a bit of quiet time on the blog in early June). I also did it with the first three Harry Potters. And now, because it’s taken me so long to discover JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith, I’ve been able to do it with the Cormoran Strike novels.
I bought The Silkworm pretty much immediately after I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling, and I’m so happy to report that it’s a consistent follow-up in what (I hope) will be a long-running series. These must be fun for JK Rowling to write.
I actually liked the mystery in The Cuckoo’s Calling better than The Silkworm, but that’s just personal preference. Galbraith does character development in the same way Rowling did for the Harry Potter books. It’s a slow simmer with really great payoffs. At the end of The Silkworm, we still don’t know why Robin mysteriously dropped out of university (or why this might have anything to do with her burning desire to be a detective in her own right), or if the hold that Strike’s ex-fiancee Charlotte still has over him will continue now that she has married another man. The characters in the Cormoran Strike novels are fully-formed people, which makes them a pleasure to read about.
Like The Cuckoo’s Calling, this isn’t a heavy read. But it’s pacey, fun, surprising and perfect for summer. I love reading these books, and can’t wait for the next one. If the best thing about starting a series other people have been reading for awhile is that you can binge, the worst part is waiting for more.