Book Details

  • Author: Robert Galbraith [J.K. Rowling]CareerOfEvil_large
  • Series: Cormoran Strike #3
  • Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery, Adult
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: UK
  • Number of Pages: 487



“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…

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.”

Third Sentence

He set to to digging it out, although he quite like seeing it there: a memento of the previous day’s pleasures.

My Review

I’ve been waiting for this book for ages and yet, it took me a while to finish. Since UK English or US English for that matter is not my mother tongue, I’m quite having a hard time grasping the meaning of some words, especially those British slang. It’s quite different from it’s predecessors.

The first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling is more like a traditional crime-novel. It takes you to the step by step procedures of solving the crime, trailing possible suspects, considering suicides and interviewing the related family. It’s quite predictable.

“You could find beauty nearly anywhere if you stopped to look for it, but the battle to get through the days made it easy to forget that this totally cost-free luxury existed.”

The second book, The Silk Worm is a step-up from the first installment and it took me by surprise. I love how the plot unfolds here and the puzzle that surrounds the mystery. Furthermore, Robin proves herself better here. She’s quite fascinating to read and walking through the alleys of London through her eyes is a thrilling ride. The last quarter of the book is definitely a page-turner!

The third book opens with a different point of view, which we later learned that is the POV of the killer. It brings a fresh vibe in the book and brings tons of confusion to me as a reader. What I love from this book is that it is very distinctive from its predecessors. We learned so many things about the lives of our favourite pair. We learned tons about Robin’s history and we’ve explored Cormoran’s childhood. In here, we’ve finally understood the depths of Robin’s previous decisions in life and I think it made the story more interesting. The POV of the story especially, the killer makes me so confused.

“Those who did not know the ocean well forgot its solidity, its brutality.”

This book provides a wider range and knowledge about the investigative career and brings to numerous trips in memory lane. I find this book fun to read because it’s hard to figure out who’s the suspect because of the shifting POV. One moment, you’re sure that this character is the killer but then another chapter points out this other character could possibly the killer.

Did I guess out who’s the killer? The answer is no. I was so confused by the last quarter of book and I obviously have no leads on who is the real killer. This book is so wicked and I recommend this to everyone. Just so you know, I hate Matthew and I dunno why Robin made that decision by the end of the book. But I do love the ending! I can’t wait for the next book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars