After her husband goes missing, Lenora Quine hires Cormoran Strike to find her husband and bring him back home. Bored and frustrated by a string of highly profitable, but unsatisfying cases involving infidelity and other crimes of the heart, Strike takes on the case. However, the more he investigates, the clearer it becomes that this case is more sinister than a writer getting away from it all. As Strike digs deeper into the lurid world of Quine’s novel and the complexly intertwined publishing world he begins to uncover secrets that many wish to keep hidden.
The second novel in the Cormoran Strike series was just as engrossing as the first. The mystery was really intricately plotted and I couldn’t make heads or tails of it, although I began to suspect whodunit by the end. The characters are colorfully drawn, but for some reason, I had some trouble keeping track of some of them. I continue to like Cormoran and Robin, but I am very bored and disinterested in their respective love lives. There’s not a whole lot, but what little there is was too much for me. Overall, though, I really enjoyed it and found it hard to put down. Rowling does a great job of leaving the reader wanting to read on at the end of each chapter.