This is the third mystery book that I’ve read (maybe ever) and the second Comoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). I was very much impressed by the plotting of this book, especially compared to the first one.
I thought the first book is more interesting than suspenseful, which wasn’t bad, but I could easily put it down between readings. In this book, the various suspects, characters, and threads of the plot weave in and out of each other smoothly, allowing the reader to be swept along more easily. As a result, Galbraith kept the suspense high, even from the very beginning, when the stakes were low.
For the last third or so of this book, we struggled to put it down (I read this aloud with my husband). While reading this around midnight, I said to him, “We’re at 80%. You know what that means.” He said, “It means we’re fucked.”