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02/04/2018 - 4:07 pm

Kalliope said
Robin has already met Nick and Ilsa, but we've never witnessed them together. At one point Ilsa even asks Strike about Robin and how things are going with her and if she's still getting married (wink wink). However, I'd LOVE to see robin interact with Strike's gang!
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I would imagine J.K Rowling would write an actual scene where Robin meets Cormoran's best friends and from the translation I didn't get the fact that they actually have met! I always thought Ilsa knew about Robin only from things Cormoran has said to them anyway I hope then on an actual scene where they will spend time together and have some fun even if Robin and Cormoran are not a couple (yet)

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02/04/2018 - 3:46 pm

Caitlin said

I would love for Robin to meet Ilsa and Nick in the fourth book, they might be Cormoran's friends but I believe they will have an amazing time all together!
I would like for Shanker's character to have more presence in the next books but since the nature of his activities are a bit "shady" I can't see him in the role of the assistant... But J.K Rowling is an excellent writer and might find a way to fit him in!  

Robin has already met Nick and Ilsa, but we've never witnessed them together. At one point Ilsa even asks Strike about Robin and how things are going with her and if she's still getting married (wink wink). However, I'd LOVE to see robin interact with Strike's gang!

Regarding Shanker, I agree with Catlin for several reasons. The most important would be that they simply don't make enough money to attract Shanker; second, Shanker is so much part of the London underground world that I can't see him leaving that and working a office job; and third, Cormoran is VERY acute when it comes to his cases being airtight so they won't get thrown out in court, Shanker being part of the day to day work would be quite counterproductive.

Impulse, Robin and Vanessa living together would be BRILLIANT! And so believable - really love it!

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02/04/2018 - 8:08 am

Impulse said

See I was reading some of career of evil the other day and I think Shanker! could be the new assistant we were teased.
And I reckon Robin will move in with Ekwenzi and finally have a friend to gossip with and stuff. And I think it will be better this way, or maybe it's a house share and they're living together that way. I want Robin to have a genuine friend and feel this is a better way.
Plus when I noticed how in awe Shanker was in the showdown in coe and his seemingly new admiration for strike, I just couldn't get the idea out of my head he will be the new assistant, I think it could be great.
I think the set up will be better this way, but I'm probably completely wrong lol.  

Usually dreams don't come true but if Robin doesn't marry Matthew and is single in LW, rents a flat or moves in with Ekwenzi and starts being friends with her it will be close to a dream come true! I would love for Robin to meet Ilsa and Nick in the fourth book, they might be Cormoran's friends but I believe they will have an amazing time all together!
I would like for Shanker's character to have more presence in the next books but since the nature of his activities are a bit "shady" I can't see him in the role of the assistant... But J.K Rowling is an excellent writer and might find a way to fit him in!

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01/24/2018 - 2:44 pm

Hi everybody, happy to join in on the discussion - there have been some excellent points made for LW. I just have a few observations to add.

Shapeburn said
Our dynamic duo might want to spend some time away from London and the press aftermath of their last case and they stumble into a case while away?

Regarding the setting, I don't believe that C&R will avoid London and miss out on the publicity of catching the Shacklewell ripper. Remember, Cormoran tells Shanker explicitly at the end of CoE that he needs the press attention to solidify his business. I think there are stiill a few installments left to pay Jonny Rokeby back. So I would guess that in LW we will see the business finally flourishing, and Cormoran and Robin being able to afford a secretary.

I do, however, believe they will be some excursions; there's at least one confirmed trip to Masham, for Jonathan's upcoming wedding around october (don't know if anyone has already mentioned it). So, I could imagine that if Matthew and Robin don't split at their own wedding at the very beginning of LW, Robin splitting with Matt at or before her brothers wedding seems like full circle. In any case, there will be the stark contrast of what a happy couple marrying eachother should look like (I know, total conjecture on my part, that Jonathan is in a happy relationship, but another unhappily coupled Ellacott would be just too much) , and Robin's own pathetic experience of it all.

But I do wish there will be a shared trip to Cornwall at some point - maybe even for their Kairos-moment? But I would guess this will only take later, my guess would be book 5.
Did you know, by the way, that the surname "Ellacott" originates in Cornwall? Just another indicator that Robin and Cormoran were destined for eachother from the start.

EDIT: Sorry, looked it up, and it's STEPHEN's wedding in october, not Jonathan's (he's he baby of the family, so a marriage would be disturbing early). Interestingly enough, out of the four Ellacott siblings, he is the only one we haven't heard from yet (probably the reason, why he isn't listed as one of the characters..?) ! I'm very curious to know, what he is like and what he does for a living.

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01/21/2018 - 11:23 pm

I've been wondering if Lethal White will be set in either Yorkshire or Cornwall? If it is indeed set in the equestrian world as some people have suggested due to the title.

Our dynamic duo might want to spend some time away from London and the press aftermath of their last case and they stumble into a case while away? but then again London is such a big part of these books, another character practically! so If they do spend any time away from it I doubt it would be a large part of the book.

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01/18/2018 - 9:35 am

Hi, fellow Strike fans,
First, thank you for creating this page, it's great to be here and able to guess about the next book in the series or just to rant about the frustrating bits.

1/My money is on Martin, being the one how laughs in the church.
He followed the ripper case and has a fondness for Cormoran.

2/The phone calls, I can see where Benedek is coming from. Matthew is cunning, (to use Cormorans words) he knows how to compartmentalize his life to suit himself. The fact that he managed to keep the affair secret for over 4-5 years proofs that. But his jealousy throws him off balance, the decision to delete the entire call history and block Strike is a desperate attempt to keep Robin and Strike away from each other. He did listen to the voicemail before deleting it, he is basing this decision on the promise Strike made to leave Robin be if he did not hear back from her. He trusted Stike to keep his promise, ergo he can get away with his actions. This also shows us how much he underestimates Robin. We know she is smart and will figure this out, within the first few chapters of the book if she did not figure it out already. she kept checking her phone when Matt wasn't looking, this is not something you just stop doing from one minute to the other. The fact she did not smile during the entire ceremony, might indicate that she figured it out already. Her sadness can come from both Matts betrayal and the termination of her relationship with Strike. If this is the case I will be really pissed off, since she still said Yes. Why Robin, why?

3/Don't forget, there is a 4th person of interest present at the church, Sarah Sahdlock! She also has reasons to stop the wedding. I think she is obsessed with Matthew, why else would she still be around him after all those years and constantly enduring being the second choice, the placeholder? She was trying to break M & R up for yers. She dated M for over 18 months and she kept mentioning all the good times they had together every chance she got. The boyfriends and double dates are just to make M jealous. Imagine how much resentment she must feel toward Robin and Strikes presence combined with Matts stony face might just make her snap and do something to ruin the wedding. This would also resolve the situation without any of the other three character having to act in any way.

4/ I hope Robin will show some backbone again like she did with her ultimatum and won't go back to work for Strike without him doing some serious apologizing and groweling.
He figured out how the killer was, right after Robin's attack, jet he insinuated that Robin's rush actions, might have caused the killer to get away. We know that Brockbank is not the killer, Robin douses not! She knows the church connection, and she is desperately checking the news to make sure no one else died because of her. When Strike tells here how the killer was (Donald L.), I hope she will give him some grief over it. This was a shitty thing to do and just pissed me off more than R going back to M.

5/ I really hope we will get to know Jhonny R sooner than later. It was mentioned in The Cocos Calling and the Silkworm that he wants to meet Cormoran. I loved the ambiance of the first novel so much, and Jhonny got a big part in that even considering that he was only mentioned by others.

6/The graphic designer in Strikes building. He was mentioned in the first two books and he kept bitching in Silkworm and even threatened Strike with reporting him to the landlord if he doesn't keep it down (during Strikes confrontation with Pepper).
We know he is scared after Jhonny Bristow's attack and the fact that he was silent after the leg was sent to Strike and Robin is really strange for me. After the first book, the bar owner conveniently moves out and Strikes has a place to stay, could the graphic designer do the same, but for Robin? I really hope so!

7/Could Alicia stay on as an assistant?

8/I hope Shanker will get a big part in the coming books, he is easily my favorite secondary character.

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10/02/2017 - 8:17 pm

I think the wedding reception may turn out like The Red Wedding! I suspect there may be some blood on the carpet (metaphorically at least) 😁

Matthew’s Kairos moment (deleting robin’s phone data) is likely to be the thing that causes the real storm, I think. Another violation.

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10/01/2017 - 5:31 pm

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The very last paragraph of CoE includes the words, "her stony-faced new husband". I think JK thinks they're married, don't you? 😉  

I really don't know anymore what to think to be honest! Matthew can't give much as character to the story anymore as I see it! Yes he is described like "new husband" but then why J.K Rowling referes to the end as a cliffhanger if everything is solved with this description? Also why did J.K Rowling give the first chapter of her fourth book to the director of the tv-show so he can direct the wedding scene better? If nothing more is going to happen in the ceremony reading Career of evil would be enough to read in order to direct the wedding scene...
Also was Cormoran's "there's still time" foreshadowing?
The title of the last chapter (A redcap before the kiss) is a sign?
The only thing I know is that I want Robin to finally get her life in her own hands and dump Matthew! It would be great if she does so at the altar but during the reception would be also fine!
Also to be honest I would like for her to have her "kairos moment" (as described in TCC) while seeing Cormoran at the ceremony and realize that what she is about to do isn't the life she dreamed of and put an end to it!

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10/01/2017 - 3:59 pm

Caitlin said

Joanne said
I remember that JK Rowling answered a fans question about whether Matt and Robin were married by telling the fan to read the last part.

In this tweet she answers " You must read the book to find out" but I can't tell for sure if she is talking about CoE or the fourth book because the girl that asked the question must have read CoE! Maybe she is telling her that the answer she is looiking for is in CoE but she didn't understood it, I really don't know how to interpret her answer!

  

The very last paragraph of CoE includes the words, "her stony-faced new husband". I think JK thinks they're married, don't you? 😉

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10/01/2017 - 3:56 pm

benedek said
I was also thinking about this phone issue. Matthew not only deleted Strike's voicemail message and her entire call history but also blocked out Strike. Now that they reconsile, they may want to talk to each other over the phone again.
it is no way that it will remain unknown to Robin that Strike is blocked. Unless Matthew unblocks him (or how this is called), of course. But Robin has been so cautious with her online security (she kept deleting browser history and changing paswords on her computer), I would think she would change her passcode as well, knowing that she gave it to Matthew...

  

Robin is a detective. Do you think she's not going to notice something strange about her whole call history missing. and then Strike showing up. All he has to say is, "I tried calling", which doesn't give much away, and Matthew's screwed. His actions are going to come back to bit him hard, I think, and while they may be married, I thin it's no longer a relationship sounded on trust. I suspect the wedding reception is going to be very, very interesting indeed, especially because Cormoran has a seat...

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07/27/2017 - 5:58 pm

honoraryskywalker said
If I remember correctly, Strike didn't take a taxi because he didn't have any money (he promised Shanker that he'd pay him as soon as he could). ... But if Shanker plays matchmaker between them I'll love him even more than I already do :D.

Yes I remember that Cormoran didn't had any money and so he asked Shanker and maybe because of Shanker's presence there things are going to be revealed that in any other case wouldn't!

honoraryskywalker said I'd never thought about a possible honeymoon pregnancy for Robin. PLEASE NO.  

If that has any possibility of happening Lethal White will the first book I throw out of the window!!! That is the worst idea EVER!!!

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07/27/2017 - 4:35 pm

If I remember correctly, Strike didn't take a taxi because he didn't have any money (he promised Shanker that he'd pay him as soon as he could). ... But if Shanker plays matchmaker between them I'll love him even more than I already do :D.

I'd never thought about a possible honeymoon pregnancy for Robin. PLEASE NO.

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07/26/2017 - 8:33 am

Ellie B. said

I think Robin will not find out about the missed calls erased by Matthew before a looooooong time. And because Cormoran does not talk about those things or will assume she had other things to think about he will not mention them . But whenever Robin will find out, that will be it. Matthew will be out of the picture.....unless she gets pregnant.... Why not?!  

Cormoran indeed doesn't speak about those things but maybe Shanker knows about his calls and voicemail and it's the one to metion to Robin that before he decided to come to her wedding he tried reaching her by calling her several times including leaving her a voicemail! Maybe it's for some reason that Shanker was around and Cormoran went with him instead with a taxi for example as he uses to do!
As for Robin getting pregnant like SERIOUSLY??? For what? Giving Matthew another thing to control her with even if she decides to leave him at some point? Sorry but to me it sounds like such a bad idea!!!

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07/26/2017 - 8:26 am

I'm so so sorry you guys but I didn't see the tweets have a date on them and it's set before Career of Evil was published so, JKR says that basically that the answer to the question wether Robin married Matthew or not is in the book!
So I guess she made it simple for us to understand that she did marry Matthew by how she described him! So the only question left is when will Robin dump his sorry ass! Kinda sad that Matthew did get what he wanted, that he won in the end! I know he is not the villain of the story with the typical meaning of the word but still I didn't wanted a happy ending for him even if it's temporary!
Because I know myself I'm gonna hate every second of him walking out of the church with Robin by his side as her husband and the only thing left to safe my good mood will be if all he did with her phone comes in the open and only a few hours after the wedding Robin leaves him!

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07/25/2017 - 10:19 pm

Joanne said
I remember that JK Rowling answered a fans question about whether Matt and Robin were married by telling the fan to read the last part.

In this tweet she answers " You must read the book to find out" but I can't tell for sure if she is talking about CoE or the fourth book because the girl that asked the question must have read CoE! Maybe she is telling her that the answer she is looiking for is in CoE but she didn't understood it, I really don't know how to interpret her answer!

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07/20/2017 - 9:23 am

Joanne said
For some reason I've never been able to register as a member--(it doesn't come to my gmail!?) but I will continue to post as a guest.

This is not really a prediction so much as a question. Considering the total silence on Book 4--other than the title given way back in March of this year--no word from JKR on a completion announcement or publication date for Book 4--but then just now there is a big announced for the publication of not one--but TWO Harry Potter books!! I am in despair that we are now not even going to see a Book 4--let alone see one this year.

I hope to God that I'm wrong but I am really down about this announcement for 2 books to be published in October and neither one is "Lethal White"!  

Hi Joanne! I had the same problem register with an e-mail account so I tried with another and it worked! I was lucky enouth to be in use of two e-mails!

I have a feeling that JKR can't let go of HP or she is thinking that HP books will bring her more money income and in the times we live I can't really blame her but by going always back to HP she isn't giving a real chance to her other books! The Cormoran Strike serie has potential but it is like JKR doesn't really care! I was kinda mad when yesterday I read that there are gonna be not one but two HP books while we are waiting for two years for another Strike book! I believe that HP was great but after the Deathly Hallows there isn't much to tell anymore, every thing must close his circle and in my opinion HP did! God I even started to have nightmares about the fourth book and Robin getting married to Matthew living with him and not working for Cormoran anymore for some time, so not good lol

I really hope that when the Strike tv-show airs we have some news about Lethal White publication date near Christmas I would guess if I had to and if not then I don't think it's gonna be published this year!

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07/20/2017 - 6:34 am

Joanne said

I hope to God that I'm wrong but I am really down about this announcement for 2 books to be published in October and neither one is "Lethal White"!  

I have been annoyed ALL DAY about this. I'm still hoping for a pre-Christmas release for Lethal White, but... I admit it does not look good.

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07/20/2017 - 12:51 am

For some reason I've never been able to register as a member--(it doesn't come to my gmail!?) but I will continue to post as a guest.

This is not really a prediction so much as a question. Considering the total silence on Book 4--other than the title given way back in March of this year--no word from JKR on a completion announcement or publication date for Book 4--but then just now there is a big announced for the publication of not one--but TWO Harry Potter books!! I am in despair that we are now not even going to see a Book 4--let alone see one this year.

I hope to God that I'm wrong but I am really down about this announcement for 2 books to be published in October and neither one is "Lethal White"!

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07/16/2017 - 10:42 am

DonnaN said

The question is who did she say yes to, Matt or Strike. I think the priest will need to clarify to make sure the wedding is legal. Anyway, drama is bound to ensue. It is going to be great to see how Jo resolves this dilemma.  

lol It would be so funny if the priest askes her to clarify to which one she said "I do!" Yeah it's gonna be interesting to see how JKR reloves all this but God is she late and we do nedd some answers like yesterday!

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07/16/2017 - 9:51 am

Caitlin said

I'm affraid I didn't get that! Could you explain it a little better?  

The question is who did she say yes to, Matt or Strike. I think the priest will need to clarify to make sure the wedding is legal. Anyway, drama is bound to ensue. It is going to be great to see how Jo resolves this dilemma.

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