The Ink Black Heart

The Ink Black Heart (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith

Title:  The Ink Black Heart
Series: Cormoran Strike, #6
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audiobook
Length: 32 hours, 42 minutes
Narrator: Robert Glenister
Date of US Publication: 30 August, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

I re-listened to all 5 books before August 30, in anticipation of the day the new Strike book was released so I would be caught up on all the nuances to the series. 

I’ll be honest - at first, I didn’t love this one - it didn’t flow as seamlessly for me as the others have. The social media aspect of this didn’t work well for me -  the intention doesn’t come across as well (to me) via audiobook. So, it took me a little while to really get into the pace of the story. 

But the story becomes compelling and you’re drawn in yet again. Now that I’ve finished it and given myself a few days to process how I felt about it, I will say that it’s a fine addition to the series and I continue to eagerly look forward to future titles. 

Regarding the who-dunnit - I kept thinking it was a specific character and was definitely surprised at the end to learn who it actually was. 

This is one of my favorite series to listen to on audio (Robert Glenister is such a wonderful narrator). As an avid reader since the first book of this series, one of the things I have truly appreciated during the progression of the books is Robin’s evolution as a character. It’s fantastic and I love seeing who she’s evolving into. Along with the sloooooow burn between her and Strike.

I’m not quite ready for Strike and Robin to get together (Strike still has issues to sort out) just yet but I am really and truly looking forward to it.


The latest installment in the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Strike series finds Cormoran and Robin ensnared in another winding, wicked case.

When frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn’t know quite what to make of the situation. The cocreator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie’s true identity.

Robin decides that the agency can’t help with this—and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart.

Robin and her business partner, Cormoran Strike, become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie’s true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits–and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways...

A gripping, fiendishly clever mystery, The Ink Black Heart is a true tour-de-force.


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