Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith
Published: 20.10.2015 by Mulholland Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4.5/5 stars – ★★★★.5
As the synopsis does not include a spoiler for the mysteries in the previous two books, I will include it.
Synopsis: 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’m really loving this series. Like I said in my mini review of the second book, The Silkworm, I didn’t quite love the first book. But I really did enjoy the second! And I’m glad to say I liked the third one even more.
Each of these books encompasses a big mystery Cormoran and Robin have to solve. In the first two books, someone comes to Cormoran’s private detective office to ask them to investigate something. But in this book, they get involved much more directly. Robin receives a package at the office, opens it and discovers it contains a woman’s leg. It was originally addressed to Cormoran, but the culprit changed it to Robin. Cormoran has a list of 4 people from his past he believes are capable of doing this. In my opinion, that list is far too long. No list about a severed leg should be this long, people!
So we follow Robin and Cormoran as they investigate the 4 people on the list, and try to figure out who is killing these women and sending body parts to Robin. I found the story to be captivating. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to figure out who was killing them. In my opinion, this mystery book stands out from the others (in the series) for 2 reasons: 1) you already start with a list of suspects, instead of uncovering them as you go, and 2) it includes the perspective of the killer without revealing who it actually is.
I was afraid my love for the mystery would be diminished because we couldn’t uncover suspects as the story progressed, but had a list from the start. I was so wrong! I still couldn’t figure out who did it, and I was even more engaged than during the previous book. I also found the perspective of the killer really intriguing. And quite honestly, terrifying. He was so CREEPY! He lived with a woman and kept calling her It. That objectification makes him even more scary, because he doesn’t view women as people -but objects to be destroyed at any time.
The other reason I loved this book so much is that we get to know Robin and Cormoran much better. As Cormoran has this list of 4 people from his past, we have flash backs to his encounters with them, which consequently teaches us a lot about Cormoran’s past. There was also a big reveal about Robin’s past, which I didn’t see coming at all. I admired her even more for it. And I still hate Matthew. There, I said it. Go away, Matthew. Go away, you jealous, insecure, little weasel.
I honestly can’t wait for the release of the fourth book. I lent these books from the library, but I think I may have to purchase my own copies one day. They’re definitely worth it.