This third book in the Cormoran Strke series is another page-turner. As we all know, this series is penned by the incomparable J. K. Rowling, and her talent as a writer is indisputable. This book is a bit different than the other two. For one thing, we get very good background on both Strike and his assistant Robin. In fact, the background of both of these protagonists makes up the whole premise behind the book. Cormoran is on the trail of a particularly brutal killer who he knows is tied up with his own past. Robin is also personally involved with the killer's modus operandi because of the nature of his crimes. A horrific event from her past is brought to the forefront of her mind as she and Cormoran find out more about this killer, They both put themselves at great risk trying to trap this violent killer. There are lots of twists and turns and not a few red herrings lining the pages of this book. My only complaints about the book were that it was a little too long and I also thought the numerous chapters written from the killer's point of view should not have been included. They actually helped me determine who the killer was long before the book ended. It was an enjoyable read nonetheless, and I look forward to the next one.