Troubled Blood

Troubled Blood

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While visiting his family in Cornwall, Private Detective Cormoran Strike agrees to take on a cold case involving a woman who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974, and as Strike and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, investigate the disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer, and witnesses who cannot all be trusted.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316498937
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gal
Description: 933 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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While visiting his family in Cornwall, Private Detective Cormoran Strike agrees to take on a cold case involving a woman who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

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May 11, 2021

Rowling's politics aside, the story was the weakest in the series and didn't leave me anticipating the next.

Apr 07, 2021

Such an intricate plot , well written as usual but so loooong , had to download the audio 3 times to be able to finish and of course I got lost in between because of the waitlist .
Friendly advice if you decide to tackle this masterpiece : write down all the names of the characters as you go along to keep track...A tough read but no regrets .

Mar 28, 2021

A little longer than it should have been with the astrological aspect of the story. there was a good mystery but maybe too many characters to keep track of. The author lets us learn about what makes people "tick" and what influences our behaviors. We learned not only about the main characters but also secondary ones as well.

Mar 27, 2021

"thrilling"? no. "inventive"? yes. But... Too many characters. Too many timeframes. Too many cheats on clues. Too many incredible choices. Too many side stories. Too much astrological wandering. Too...oooo many pages. Too much time in the company of the two main characters - who are interesting, but not actually engaging. Was glad to survive to the end (with more and more scanning), and then pleased to CLOSE the book. I don't regret the time invested in the read. But I can't imagine reading another book in the series.

Mar 23, 2021

Great read! I love these characters & the writing. I hope the wait isn't long for the next in the series.

Mar 15, 2021

I loved it. JK Rowling does it again. It was a bit long, but the extra character development pages were worth it.

Mar 13, 2021

Got halfway thru and quit. I wanted to like this book but found the writing bloated and story started to get boring.

Mar 09, 2021

A decent read but bloated. It could easily lose three hundred pages

Mar 05, 2021

It was good, not great. I surprisingly guessed correctly on who I thought was the killer, which I usually can't do with her books. There were one too many characters and lots of descriptions. I still really enjoy her writing though, and will definitely stick around for more of the series.

Feb 17, 2021

It's a massive tome, 927 pages, hard to hold. The tale was engaging enough to hold my interest: Strike's and Robin's first cold case, a female physician who vanished without a trace from Clerkenwell on a rainy night in 1974. They are hired by the woman's daughter to try to find out what happened. They review the police case file. The lead investigator had a mental breakdown and came to believe he could solve the case through astrological and tarot clues. The two detectives immerse themselves in his notes trying to understand. They track down and interview all the witnesses (or their survivors) still alive. We follow them step-by-step, every dead end and thread they follow up. They maintain their other caseload with the help of the other Agency employees. These cases (a bigamist, a harmless stalker, unfaithful spouses, unspecified business shenanigans) are also described and resolved. Strike's Aunt Joan is dying of cancer in Cornwall while Strike's rockstar father is trying to make amends, so family cares are described at length. Robin's contentious divorce from Matthew is dragging on. Strike's and Robin's feelings for each other are still complex and unacknowledged and, once acknowledged, not acted upon so as not to interfere with the smooth running of the Agency.

The plot is ultimately unsatisfying. Robin and Strike confirm that the missing woman has been murdered, but not by the serial killer the police believed committed the crime. They figure out where to find her remains and, through their skilled deductions, figure out who the killer is...a poisoner who has been knocking off people undetected for decades, just for fun. So there are two serial killers at work in one book. C'mon, really?!?

Rowland enjoys describing all the many characters and situations in minute detail. This is either a strength or a weakness depending on the reader's taste and patience. There is not much suspense.

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Oct 20, 2020

“We aren’t our mistakes. It’s what we do about the mistake that shows who we are.” - p. 825


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