Where do I even start with these two? I haven't been this invested in a fictional relationship since... I don't even know. Although, I actually started Cuckoo's Calling hoping that they would stay just friends - just because it seemed like a romantic relationship between them would be a bit of a cliche. Obviously, though, the second and third books pushed me way over the edge, and now I'm obsessed.
Their relationship is just so full of mutual respect, and they are so similar in a lot of ways - at the same time, the differences between them are super complementary. Some random thoughts about them:
- I think Strike is pretty aware of his feelings at this point. He doesn't like admitting, even to himself, that he's super in love with Robin; he's always dancing around it in his internal monologues, calling his feelings a 'weakness'. The most he's willing to admit is that "He liked her face. He liked her voice. He liked being around her." (Which, oh my god). I really wish that we'd gotten some introspection from him about her after he decided to crash the wedding to get her back... I have a feeling he'd stopped denying his feelings to himself.
- Robin has no clue how she feels. It's obvious to us - she was so jealous every time Elin was mentioned in Career of Evil... and the scene of her trying to sleep in her hotel room, flustered because Strike is five doors down, imagining what would happen if he knocked on her door, is absolutely hilarious. I don't think she'll figure out her feelings in book four; maybe book five? And it'll be another book or two before they get together. JK is going to draw this out.
- When they do get together, I worry that it will be hard for Strike to open himself up emotionally - he's gotten so used to keeping Robin at arm's length, it would be a hard habit to break. Luckily Robin is persistent.
- I love that all of Strike's family and friends want him to get together with Robin... I highly doubt that her own family would be as open to the idea. There might be some opposition to overcome there, especially after he fired her in front of her mother. And also is the reason that she keeps getting herself injured - or at least I think that's how Linda will see it.
What's everyone's favourite moment between Robin and Strike? What should their ship name be - Cormobin? Is anyone else as obsessed as I am??
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