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 only started reading this series this year, but I have been eagerly anticipating this book for months. I wasn’t disappointed.
I could talk about the crime which is the centre of the book, but honestly while it was a good plot and once again I hadn’t guessed who the killer was the crime element is not what draws me to these series. I’m far more interested in Strike and Robin, with their whole will they/won’t they relationship. I swear at the rate they are going they could give Ross and Rachel a run for their money.
At this point I have to have a little rant (minor spoiler alert) about Robin and Matthew.
Right so Robin had finally left Matthew and I was so happy. Even if didn’t get with Strike in this book at least the groundwork would be set…but no such luck. Despite the fact Matthew is a complete and utter git she forgives him and gets back with him. And indications are he will get more controlling and and an all round pain in the arse in the next book. Actually based on something rather backhanded Matthew did in this book I’m expecting fireworks in the next book once Robin finds out.
The whole Strike – Robin – Matthew triangle aside we also got to learn more about both Strike and Robin, with further insights into both their pasts. In particular we discover the mystery behind why Robin dropped out of university. The honeymoon period for Strike an Robin also appears to be over with the pressures of the case putting a strain on their partnership.
My verdict remains as it has for the previous two books. It was enjoyable and addictive. Great if you want something easy to read or when your going on holidays for by the pool.