A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.
Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough – who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.
Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one forty years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.
As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly…
For those of you who are new to the series, Troubled Blood is the next thrilling instalment in the highly acclaimed, international bestselling series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. The previous four titles – Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White – have all been bestsellers and adapted for television. The series is hugely popular and this book much anticipated. So, does it live up to the expectations? Absolutely, and more.
As anyone who has read the Harry Potter series knows, Rowling in a master of plotting. Writing as Galbraith is no different. This is a huge book. At 927 pages, this massive tome clocks in as the biggest book of 2020 (it seems to be a fifth book thing with the author, remembering the size of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.) Crammed into this weighty novel are many things – a crime novel, a character study, a simmering romance. Galbraith’s writing sings and once again she packs on the tension between the main characters.
Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott have become one of the most successful crime-solving duos in history, and their chemistry has been a major factor for this success. Will they ever get together? Galbraith is in no hurry to make that happen, even in the fifth instalment, and it’s this restraint that creates such palpable, page-turning tension. They are alike in many ways, yet also very different – whether it’s their upbringings, their personalities, or their outlook on life – but together they work as a seamless partnership. In this novel, Strike is struggling with his aunt Joan’s illness, while Robin is divorcing Matthew. Both are struggling with their feelings for each other. Galbraith’s ability to convey this in all its complicated glory, while still delivering a complex, thrilling crime novel, is the mark of immense talent.
Whether reading for the first time or reading again, these stories will never fail to thrill! Troubled Blood has only left me wanting more of this fabulous series.