Author: Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling
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…
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Growing up on a steady diet of Secret Sevens then Famous Five then Agatha Christie then Sidney Sheldon…. it comes as no surprise that when J K Rowling decides to write murder mysteries my two loves collided into one!
This by far is the best book of the series. Cormoran Strike and Robin Elacott are at their best. The character development in this series is unlike I have ever read in this genre. So, I would suggest you read these books chronologically i.e. The Cuckoo’s Calling first, then The Silkworm and then this.
There was a strong undercurrent of dark humour that brought the degree of awesomeness of this book upto its peak.
In this book, we have Robin, Strike’s Partner, who is expecting a delivery of her wedding favours, so when a huge parcel arrives, she signs for it without any questions. But when she opens the parcel she finds a severed right leg of a lady, cut exactly where Stirke’s leg is amputated. The leg also came with a note that had lyrics from a popular rock group “The Blue Oyster” on it..coincidently these were the very same lines that were tattooed on Strike’s mother’s body. Which leads strike to believe that the person who sent him this leg was someone from his past..but then why send it to Robin?
The book then traces Strike’s and Robin’s histories as they try to trace who sent the leg and whose leg was it.
Since I want to keep this review spoiler free, I will be posting a detailed book discussion on this later, so if you have already read it…stay tuned for it!