When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
I really struggled with this at first and wasn’t sure if I’d keep going with it. But it got stronger as I went on with it, and I’m glad I kept it up.
Strike is a hard character to get to know but he grows on you. And Robin is a very endearing one who I liked from the start!
I enjoyed how the story was laid out, and how it all came together in the end. I also liked the style, once I got used to the writing – it sort of felt like I think a gritty crime novel featuring a private detective should. London is also brilliantly used – I am very familiar with where Strike’s office is supposed to be (and had to check when it was written as it was so well done and clear I knew things mentioned weren’t there any longer!!)
I do have a bit of a quibble that Strike is pretty stereotypical as a private detective – bit of a loner, tragic backstory, only just making ends meet etc. But that was more at the start – when he starts knowing he’s on the right track, and he starts putting all the pieces in place, he’s brilliant.
My three stars are because I think it’s well done but nothing stellar, and it took a good while to get into it. But at some point I may well get the next book – I hear the series continues to improve and it was nice to stray from my usual reads.
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