The Silkworm by Robert GalbraithThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

byRobert GalbraithRead byRobert Glenister

Audio Book (CD) | June 19, 2014

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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.
Title:The SilkwormFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.75 × 5.25 × 1.5 inPublished:June 19, 2014Publisher:Hachette AudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1478980907

ISBN - 13:9781478980902


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked it even more than the first book in the series This is the second book in the series and I liked it even more than the first one. The story was interesting from the beginning and loved the writing style as well. I finished the book in a week and can hardly wait to read the 3rd one.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it!! I just finished this book and loved it! So twisted and the killer is in front of your face the entire time!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good P.I. series I'm glad the J.K. Rowling continued the series even after being outed as the writer. It is a good series, with interesting, and diverse plots. Definitely a good read for all you sleuths out there
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finished it too quickly! Darker and more fast-paced than the first, which I also loved - I am really enjoying the series so far and hope for more books asap!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book It is better than the first book. While the plot and the whole "Bombyx mori" book is very psychedelic it is justified. Nice plot twists.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good plot and characters - a nice read! Enjoyed it so much I bought The Cuckoo's Calling.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it A very good novel which I think readers of mystery novels would really enjoy.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing story I had a hard time putting this book down I loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from page turner loved it... took a while to read it though, but still a page turner
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Excellent storyline, loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book is hard to put down. I loved the story and would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read This book is well written and interesting to read. I would recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved these characters JK Rowling once again immerses you into her characters world
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan I been reading JK Rowling adults books and I found them very hard to get interested in them. I guess I'm so used her Harry Potter books. If your interested in mysterious books then I recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive I really enjoyed this novel. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from alright wasn't really entertained. i find it hard to like jk rowling's adult novels.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written! 3.5 stars. A good mystery.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This is just as good as her first detective novel. I liked it and recommend it
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I really enjoyed reading the book
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just keeps getting better! The Silkworm is easier to get into than the first novel. J.K. Rowling does it again, she wrote another amazing detective story!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better Cormoran Strike is certainly a flawed character, but as his background is slowly revealed, with more to come, in this second mystery, he becomes more likeable. A good mystery story and the slowly growing attraction to his secretary, have me looking forward to another book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Great mystery - will definitely be looking for the first title now. Very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mystery! Rowling can write! The Strike Series is a great mystery series. Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The greatest!! This was just the greatest read ever, I loved it. It had me hooked from the first page and the characters are very interesting.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not my cup of tea I did not enjoy this novel, found it difficult to complete
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 2nd in the Series I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series. I always can't wait to pick up the next.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A surprising disappointment I loved "the cuckoo's calling", and it was great to enjoy JK Rowling's writing in an entirely new form (not to mention I love the mystery genre). However, this follow-up came as a disappointment. Rowling's strong and unique writing style was still present, but the story was awful- it was so disgusting and explicit that I didn't even finish the book. It seems like she went too far with the "shock and awe" element, and for me, it was just too much.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Wait to Read This Just bought this. Can't wait to starting reading this this weekend.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good not bad to read this book in this sale price!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Another great read; really loving this series. It's nice to see a good balance between the development of the main characters' storylines and the arc of each book's central mystery. I'm excited to see where the series goes.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one.I feel like I know the investigator and his assistant in the book,and I really like them, can't wait to see what they do next!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Wasn't really a fave of mine personally. Struggled to get through. Came highly recommended but wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Corman Strike is my new super hero! Attention grabbing!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Definitely recommended for fans of JK Rowling
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is an excellent book. I really enjoyed this book, along with the other two in the series. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fave! Took awhile to get into but ended up being ok...not a favorite though
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved it The book does get better as you go into it, worth a read
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gets Better as it moves along This novel is fairly lengthy and starts slowly, BUT you find yourself with a compelling read as you finally get all the novelists, publishers, characters clear. The relationship between Strike and his assistant evolves and makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens to them.I like the notion that Strike is a wounded vet and not some glossy Hollywood PI.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! I liked this series and the characters
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great characters Enjoyed the relationship between Robin and Strike. Looking forward to the next one
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these books Cant get enough, feels like Im in the book living it as I read
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first This was an engaging sequel that gave us greater character development and more of the fantastic relationship Robin and Strike have. I enjoyed this more than the third, as I found it to be less gruesome and more of an engaging mystery.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Sophomore Slump Couldn't stop reading this. Didn't know "whodunit" until the book revealed the culprit. Funny, disturbing at times and incredibly smart.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not as good as the third read- just so you can read the amazing third book!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much better than the first I originally read the cucooks calling because it was written by JK Rowling. I didnt Love Cuckoos Calling but I think she really tried harder in this book and it showed. #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from .......Not sure I can't say that i hated, i enjoyed the main character, but i do think there more pages than needed. Took some effort to finish it
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Wasn't sure what to think when the author was revealed to be JK Rowling, but completely forgot about Harry Potter when I was reading. A good read for a rainy day
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow and boring I've always enjoyed British literature, especially mysteries. This lengthy book is a failed attempt to entice the reader into a mysterious murder within the world of publishing.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good but not great a bit predictable, especially if you are really into the detective fiction genre but a fun read nevertheless.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from liked it! Accidentally bought it from the Bargain books section! really liked it! #plumreview Looking forward to the fourth one!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Galbraith does it again I know Galbraith is Rolwing, I don't live under a rock. I like how she's changed her writing style to fit her pseudonym. Loving the narrative flow, the story that dives into the workings of the literary world (in a way). Very interesting to read. Good mystery.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving the Character Development Galbraith adds depth to his characters that only makes us love then more all while offering a mystery that one cannot help being pulled into.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Such a great continuation to the series. Yet another one I couldn't put down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing mystery series The main characters are great! Well-written.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love mysteries You will love this book. Keeps you guessing til the very end
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing & Spell Binding I couldn't put it down. The exciting plot and character development kept me captivated. Great follow up to Cuckoo's Calling. Already looking forward to the next Cormoran Strike adventure.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this series! The second book is not my favourite of the three (a bit drawn out at times), but don't let that stop you from reading! This series is incredible!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great second book to the series! The relationship between Cormoran and Robin make the story better!
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Cormoran Strike In the 2nd Cormoran Strike novel, we find this detective working on the hunt for a missing person. The story is set amongst the literary world and it doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed Cormoran and Robin as their relationship working together in the detective agency strengthens. We are also brought deeper from the first book delving into their backgrounds and personal lives, all the while keeping up with the detecting and trying to solve the case. All the characters are very real and as the mysteries deepen there are many false starts and "red herrings" along the way. I found there were many characters to keep up with along with the stories they had told, and you have to pay attention and not put the book down for too long. This was another beautifully written book set in beautiful London with the weather adding depth into the mystery. Cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoy the characters and where they go. Cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Very good book. Cormoran is a very exciting character to follow! Was very impressed with the detailing of what he was doing, who he was meeting, and how he was cracking the case. Excited to get reading the next in this series.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was one of the best suspense/thriller/detective/murder books I've read in a long time. I can usually weed out the suspect list and narrow it down to the killer, but I didn't have a clue in this one. I love Cormoran Strike and his sidekick/detective in training, Robin. There is just enough romantic tension around these two to keep things interesting. The writing is so good and the visuals are amazing. This novel is about an author, who is vile and obnoxious and self absorbed. He writes a thinly veiled attack on other authors and publishers and agents, etc. and goes missing. Is it an elaborate publicity stunt or is he afraid of the fallout? It's his wife who hired Cormoran Strike to find him and from there the novel gets better and better. Robert Galbraith uses fictional characters to say a great deal about the publishing industry. I don't know if it's just me, but I thought this book said a lot about how the author feels about it. One passage that struck me was an interview being done with a popular author in the book, "I said that the greatest female writers, with almost no exceptions, have been childless. A fact. And I have said that women generally, by virtue of their desire to mother, are incapable of the necessarily single-minded focus anyone must bring to the creation of literature, true literature." This struck me because the author, Robert Galbraith is a male pseudonym for someone we all know by now is actually J.K. Rowling, a female author. I have to wonder if she has come up against such prejudice in her real life writing. Another quote "But authors are a savage breed, Mr. Strike... If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels." All in all, a great novel and I look forward to reading more of this series. I really hope there are more...
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Toooo long "To each his own". This was not my type of book. It was much too wordy an it took me a while to get all the characters straight. Mystery is not my favorite genre, but I've read better
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait until the next one! I love Robert Galbraith's, aka JK Rowling, writing style. Her character development is outstanding and always draws you in. I have never followed a writer like I do her. She doesn't disappoint!
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want to put it down! In the sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith doesn't disappoint! A real page turner from start to finish. Cormoran Strike is a great character.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great read I bought this book to read at the cottage. It is an intense read. I really recommend it.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth a read When I heard JKR had been revealed to be writing under a pseudonym I was leery about reading the book since I didn't enjoy A Casual Vacancy. It took me until the release of The Silkworm to buy The Cuckoo's Calling. I was only through the first 1/4 of that before I went out and bought Silkworm. First, this is not a fantasy. Don't go looking for wands or quiddich. You will find an ex-British soldier with an amputation who runs a private investigation firm doing the usual spying on unfaithful lovers, etc. What the author does bring is her excellent ability to write, to get inside a character, to let characters interact realistically and all this in the real world of modern day London. Just because it isn't Harry and Hogwarts doesn't mean it isn't high quality writing. One of the things I especially enjoyed was her treatment of the main character, Strike, and the way he dealt with the everyday treatment of his prosthetic leg. He isn't anyone's superhero and he does a poor job of taking care of it but, knowing others who have daily physical issues, this is so realistic, I liked how she made you want to shake your head at him being such a twit at times yet you don't feel sappy sorry for him either. It is an excellent series so far, really worth picking up. I am glad it is JKR, in a way, because if it was just an unknown guy, we never would have gotten the book in so many formats. I bought the large print and now that I am finished, will donate them to my public library so others can enjoy them too.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very character driven. Very character driven. J. K. Rowling just keeps getting better and better.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved it from cover to cover!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than The Cuckoo's Calling I read this book in day, and loved it. It's fast-paced, definitely a page-turner. Lots of characters, lots of intrigue, very well done. I enjoyed it even more than The Cuckoo's Calling. Last time, I knew who did it right away, but couldn't figure out how or why, this time, I had no idea. I was kept guessing until the end. The depth of the story, the rich characters and great storyline kept me going until well past my bedtime. Strike, and his assistant Robin, are great characters, very well developed and enjoyable to read. I hope there are more books coming in the series.
Date published: 2014-06-24

Editorial Reviews

"Having just the better part of a day and a night making my way through the 455 pages of The Silkworm ... I must say, I don't mind at all... The murder mystery at the heart of The Silkworm is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution." -Malcolm Jones, The Daily Beast