Cormoran Strike's second adventure novel was released in 2014 after the success of Cuckoo's Calling. It's a crime novel created by none other than J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.
When missing novelist Owen Quine's wife contacts Strike, he thinks there isn't much mystery to this search. But once he starts digging into potential whereabouts of the author, he discovers a highly controversial unpublished work written by the author, that turned out to be a dark and mysterious bashing of his co-workers, which might have led to his disappearance or possible murder.
Strike and his talented assistant Robin, find themselves solving yet another conundrum and tries against all odds to save the author's wife from being proven guilty for a crime she didn't commit.
This book met with a lot of critical acclaims, but after J.K. Rowling's identity behind this work was revealed in 2013, the sale of the book increased tenfold.
To be honest, I myself started reading both the books when I came to know it is Rowling's invention. Nevertheless, she did a fantastic job with the series. Even though it started out with a slow pace, the book gained momentum and purpose extremely quickly and hooked me till the end.
Many readers might not like this series as much as I liked it because the style of mystery writing is quite different from the general perception, which interested me a lot. Especially the way each character was portrayed and the illusion that it created of each of their murderous sides made it impossible to guess the miscreant till the end.
I would recommend this book to all readers and invite you all to share your thoughts on this and its previous novel, Cuckoo's Calling.