Career of Evil: Read This If


I’m generally a big fan of Robert Galbraith, AKA JK Rowling –  Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm were tightly crafted and compelling reads. Career of Evil ever so slightly disappoints – it feels like the book itself was rushed. There were a few points that I had to reread because suddenly Cormoran was walking when half a sentence earlier he was riding in a car, but at no point did he get out of the car. It also seemed to focus a little too much on the relationship between Cormoran and Robin – maybe in my old age romance just doesn’t interest me as much, but I’m actually not rooting for the two of them to get together. Is that weird? There were also some plot choices that seemed… odd.

Anyway, the novel was still good, despite a few of my hangups. The audio was a delight to listen to, and once I got into the story, I rushed right through the rest.

You should consider reading this if:

  • You like a good crime novel.
  • You like some sexual tension between your detectives.
  • Your current theme song is “Private Eyes are Watching You.”
  • You don’t mind a little grit and gore.
  • Your dog really wants to be in the picture with the book.

You should pass on this if:

  • You have some strong triggers related to sexual violence.
  • You can’t be bothered to read anything longer than 150 pages.
  • Your cat won’t go near you when you’re reading this.
  • You don’t have time to get sucked into a long, gory mystery.
  • You’re one of those weirdos that loves Valentine’s Day. Wait until it’s over.