“When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . . ‘
I am really glad my friend Ingrid recommended this book to me. I wasn’t planning on reading it as I didn’t want to spoil my impression of J K Rowling as a writer. I’ve done that once before with a favourite author and regretted reading a book where I wasn’t a fan of the subject matter. But this is a good old fashioned crime novel and I really enjoyed it.
I really like the style of writing. It flowed really well and kept me engaged throughout the whole book. As the first book of 2015 I couldn’t put it down, which is great as I have been struggling to keep reading consistently recently. I also really liked the characters of Strike and Robin. I was intrigued where the relationship was going right from the start. I think somewhere deep down I have had the same dream as Robin in wanting to become a private detective or something similar. If only she would dump her fiancé as he didn’t sound very nice, even tough we never actually properly meet him as a character.
The story itself was good. I did not guess the ending at all! I had suspicions throughout, but they turned out to be incorrect. I suppose that is the gift of the writer though. They can let you see only the information they wish you to and keep the title details that would give it away to themselves. I was fully sucked in by the time we find out who and what the crime was. I didn’t like that Strike knew before the audience, but that is just me being picky as I like it when you find out with the characters. However it worked and drew the ending out well and was full of suspense. I won’t give anything away, but it was a twist i was not expecting!
I am really looking forward to the next book and if I like that as well I hope this turns into a series of crime books. it will be nice to be there from a start of a series (that you don’t know how many there will be) and look forward to each new publishing date.