Career of Evil: A Cormoran Strike Novel - Coffee Shoppe Reads (REVIEW)

Ever since the first Robert Galbraith novel came out, I was hooked. I devoured the first one...and then the second one. Perhaps it was timing, but it took me quite a long time to get through the third one. I started reading it during a particularly challenging semester, so it often sat by my bedside forgotten. Now that I'm on winter break, I've finally been able to finish it (ironically, it only took me a day to do so), and I'm happy to say that I'm one book down for my 2016 goal (as small as it is)!


For those that do not know, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, who, like many, is one of my favorite authors. The Harry Potter books weren't merely a series that I read, but more like a life-changing experience. There was little question as to whether or not I would read the Cormoran Strike novels as well. Robert Galbraith books are like the treat for all the grown-up Harry Potter fans. They're dark & twisty (which is something I often enjoy in a book), yet they offer the same suspense that we once found in Harry Potter

Career of Evil is the third installment in the Cormoran Strike series. It focuses on the case of a serial killer who, having sent a severed leg to his office, is taking aim at Detective Cormoran Strike, his partner, and his livelihood. The case is gruesome and suspenseful and I enjoyed how the mystery did not unravel too soon. I had my guesses, but I was able to enjoy the mystery for far longer than some crime novels allow. 

The writing in Career of Evil is as fantastic as ever, and perhaps the star of the three novels so far. The character development goes deep and nothing seems cheesy or falls flat. You are truly able to immerse yourself in this dark and sordid world as Cormoron and his partner Robin, work in solving their case. The relationship that exists between the two of them, teases at being romantic which deepens their connection beyond mere boss and subordinate, and gives the reader something to wonder about as the book goes on. I personally, often find myself rooting for these types of situations, and the spark between Cormoran and Robin was clear in my eyes. 

If you haven't read any of Cormoran Strike series, I suggest you begin with The Cuckoo's Calling as it is the first. However, after reading the three released so far, I would have to say that Career of Evil is in my opinion, the star of the series and my personal favorite. I cannot wait to see what comes next!

I'd love to know what you thought of Career of Evil if you read it - please share in the comments! 

2016 Reading goal: 1/12 completed. 

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