I was going to make an Eminem/Slim Shady joke here, but then I came to my senses. I enjoyed the CRAP out of this book. I just think JK Rowling is wonderful at writing characters and relationships. This Strike/Robin duo is FANTASTIC. I am all in on Strike. He’s just the right amount of snark without going full House M.D.
Another aspect I liked – all the pop culture stuff was pretty legit. There weren’t any awkward “she put in her headphones and carefully selected Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ on her iPod” moments. (Side Note: Fifty Shades of Grey is my FAVE example of this. We’ll address this soon.) What I mean is, when she writes dialogue for people under the age of 30, it doesn’t sound like a caricature of a young person. (Point JK Rowling’s attention to her kids, I think.)
All that aside, this is just a great private detective novel. It’s got everything – humor, relationship drama, gruesome murders, and lots of drugs and alcohol related activities.
Extra Feature: It’s British, so you get all kinds of fun British jargon and customs.
I say job well done, Mr. Galbraith. I look forward to the next.