This book had me gripped in its clutches from day one.
For those of you that have been reading along with Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling’s) Cormoran Strike mystery series, this is the novel where we see determined and valiant assistant Robin Ellacott transform from victim to avenger.
No spoilers in this review, but we do find out a lot about both more Strike and Ellacott’s pasts in Career of Evil. In fact, a lot of the dominos and breadcrumbs that Galbraith set up and led us with in the first two novels get knocked down or absolved in this novel. In fact, one question that entered my concerned mind after it ended was, ‘is there anything left to knock over? Is it too tidy? Where’s she going to take it next?’
Then I reassured myself, ‘It’s Rowling. She knows what she’s doing.’
According to what Rowling’s been saying in the media, there is a fourth (and possibly many more) Cormoran Strike novels in the works. Woohoo!
My favourite thing about this book is how it’s essentially a giant examination of violence against women.
We’ve got short term violence, chronic violence, women who try and help other women, women who reject help, women who hurt women, women trying to break free of what violence has done to them, men who hurt women and men who hurt men who hurt women.
The lens of fiction let’s the author accordion and play with time, so we get to look at these relationships and their evolution through key moments in the characters’ relationships.
Also, there was a time when I was working in the Asset Recovery and Insolvency department of a law firm where I seriously considered becoming a private detective or a bailiff. These novels definitely stir up that same excitement in me. Luckily, with journalism I’m still hunting down stories and searching for the truth every day. Signs that I’m on the right path. I wish I could hang out with Robin – I think we’d be good buddies.
I was sad to reach the end of this book because it meant not getting to go back over and over again to these characters to peek in on what they were doing. At least for a little while. Hurry up Galbraith and publish another one!