Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood is the fifth novel in the Cormoran Strike detective series by Robert Galbraith and it is an absolute triumph. (Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that Robert Galbraith is the literary alter-ego of JK Rowling.)

Troubled Blood was published in September 2020 and it is a whopping 927 pages long, which makes it the longest book I’ve ever read. The previous record holder for longest book I’ve ever read was The Mirror & the Light, which I also read this year and was 870 pages long. That took me just over a month to read.

To give you some idea of how good Troubled Blood is – I read it in exactly two weeks.

Troubled Blood is Strike and Robin’s first cold case. They are contacted by a woman whose mother, a young doctor, vanished 40 years ago. Her disappearance had long been linked with a serial killer operating at the time, but her body had never been found and he had never confessed to her killing.

After 40 years, could Strike and Robin succeed where the police had failed?

Armed with the case notes from the time, they set about tracking down as many witnesses as they can find. With many witnesses dead and many others having hazy memories, not to mention those who lied at the time and continued to lie, piecing together the mystery of Margot Bamborough’s disappearance feels like an increasingly impossible task.

Meanwhile, Strike and Robin are still juggling their other cases and both have family difficulties to deal with. They aren’t always completely honest with each other about what is going on in their lives. Plus there is the small matter of their feelings for each other, which they hardly dare acknowledge, even to themselves…

Troubled Blood is an absolutely brilliant read, which never gets boring or feels too long. There are a lot of clues and a lot of witnesses. The storey is complicated enough to be enjoyable, without becoming hard to read. If you enjoy a detective story, you will love Troubled Blood!

So do you need to read the other Strike books before Troubled Blood? I wouldn’t say it is absolutely necessary, but it is definitely preferable. They are all stand-alone cases, but Strike and Robin’s backstories and the way the detective agency evolves over time are ongoing.

You can check out my other Strike reviews here (in order): The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White.

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  1. I love the Cormoran Strike books and can’t wait to read this one :o)
    Thank you for not spoiling the story in your review.

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    • I’m sure you would love this one, it’s brilliant! I never put spoilers in my reviews anyway, but it would be very difficult to do a spoiler of this one as it’s so complex. There was a spoiler doing the rounds on social media, which turned out not to be much of a spoiler at all!

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  2. I don’t know if I would make it through a crime novel that long!!
    The longest book I have read is the unabridged version of The Stand by Stephen King which is 1,152 pages!

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    • There’s so much going on that it really doesn’t feel that long, but you obviously have to enjoy crime novels! That sounds like a very long Stephen King! I haven’t read much Stephen King, but I’ve really enjoyed the ones I have read.

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  3. Sounds good. But wow that is long. I haven’t read any of these, but I remember that the HP books gradually got longer as the series progressed. And she has also got the children’s book that she released in chapters online during lockdown, The Ickabog publishing next month

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    • It is very long, but it doesn’t feel overly long. It is a brilliant series, but it makes sense to start at the beginning so you get Strike and Robin’s backstories. I will have to look out for the new children’s book for my niece and nephew as everyone here is too old for it!

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