What can we say about Robert, otherwise known as the most successful writer of children’s fiction possibly of all time at this stage? Rowling’s debut in adult fiction, The Casual Vacancy, had mixed reviews, while A Cuckoo’s Calling was lauded upon release, and even moreso following the revelation of the author’s identity.
The Silkworm is an even more confident story, weaving around the streets of modern-day London, with sporadic action being the order of the day. There is perfectly measured tension throughout, the cold London winter and Cormoran Strike’s ever-worsening prosthetic leg adding to it all the time.
Strike is hired to find a missing writer, and is himself drawn into a world of backstabbing publishers and millionaire novelists. Rowling has moulded herself into a master of this genre already, her skills in characterisation and description to the fore. Silkworm is an enjoyable, fast-paced story, keeping the reader hooked from start to finsh.