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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil

My first completed book on The Big Book Challenge is Career of Evil, the third in the Cormoran Strike series, by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so therefore I’m a huge J.K. Rowling fan. I know what you’re thinking “Wow, that was quick. She only announced this challenge two days ago!” Well, we’ve been working on the list and choosing books for a couple of weeks now, so no, I’m not that good.

Career of Evil is a crime novel based in London. Cormoran Strike runs a private investigation firm with the help of his assistant Robin Ellacott. In this third Cormoran Strike novel, Robin receives an alarming package. There are 4 people from Strike’s past he believes could have sent it and it’s up to him and Robin to find out exactly where it came from, before it causes irreparable damage to his company.

I really enjoyed this book and once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be honest, it starts off a little slow. I had to persevere through the first 80 or so pages but once it got going, I was hooked. It was quite different to the first two books in the series but we get to learn a little more about Robin and Strike. I rarely like the main character in anything – books, movies, TV series’, but there’s nothing I don’t like about Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott and I’m an even bigger fan now that I have a greater knowledge of their backgrounds. 

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fiction. It’s that simple. Crime or Private Investigator novels are not the type of book I would gravitate towards naturally, yet this series has me hooked. Everyone around me is reading them. It’s the J.K. Rowling effect.

Rating: 8/10

As part of my new year’s resolution to read more this year, I’ve decided to challenge myself a little. I love reading and get really engrossed in a good book. I plan to share reviews of the books I’m reading here. I’m teaming up with My Tiny Mind on this one so pop over there to check out reviews too. I’m not the fastest reader going so we’ve set ourselves 2 years to read 20 books. I’d love for other people to get involved. If you’re thinking of taking part, let me know in the comments and keep me posted on your progress or where you might be sharing it. You chose the books based on the list below and you can take them on in any order.

 Anyone up for a challenge?

The Big Book Challenge list