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Foreshadowing from first book
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02/27/2019 - 1:15 am

Yeah, the whole idea that these have a structure and how the structure makes it good reading is very interesting. Of course, even with a structure, that doesn't guarantee the writer is gifted enough to make it work. (Galbraith/Rowling, however, definitely has the talent!)

I also read elsewhere about some of the mythology and someone suggested that the Castor/Pollux story may be a template for the Leda/Cormoran/Strike story, indicating something may happen to Shanker...although I think the author didn't think about the fact that Cormoran has a half-brother out there somewhere, as well. Anyway, I definitely think there's going to be more fleshing out of Cormoran's family and background in one of the future novels, and I wonder about Charlotte, too. Gotta admit, though, that I really don't like her character and feel about her the same way I do about Matt: better for both of them to be as far away as possible, though it's not likely to happen.

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02/24/2019 - 6:07 pm

I, too, am fascinated by the whole idea of the ring structure and also the idea that the Strike books might parallel the Harry Potter Series. I listened to an interview of J.K. Rowling, who said she knows, of course, exactly how this is all going to end. She said she's mentioned everyone who needs to be mentioned, I believe she said, to set it all up for the ending. She also said the relationship between Strike and Robin is the overarching story. So, I'm thinking that the big mystery that will be solved in book 7 will be about Leda Strike's death. The first book had the mystery of a suicide that was actually a murder perpetrated by a relative and I think the last book might show us Leda was murdered. To think she was murdered by Whitaker, though, would just be too mundane. There must be a twist somehow. Also, the worst place Leda ever took them has been mentioned already a couple times, the commune. And I think that will figure into Book 7's mystery. The murder/suicide aspect has been in 3 out of 4 of the books, so I also wonder if Charlotte will figure into one of those situations, maybe in the last book somehow, too. Maybe she leaves her children, possibly dies, and someone from Charlotte's family (very reluctantly) asks Strike to find her or find what happened to her. I have hope that everything will work out to our satisfaction in Book 7, the epilogue of which says, "All was well."

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02/18/2019 - 12:17 am

Hi, all. I've been reading for a while, but I'm delurking because I wanted to get some second opinions.

I've been reading about how Rowling likes to use a ring structure in her writing, and it's interesting to see how she closes the loop on some aspects of the stories.

Based on this, I'm wondering about the "final" book in this set. Not necessarily the end of the Strike series in general but the end to the first set of books.

In the first book, Strike breaks up with Charlotte over her claiming a pregnancy. I've been wondering if this means that, somewhere along the line, Robin may end up being pregnant and/or that Strike will end up being a father.

Second, in the first book, Lula's brother John was a lawyer, but they always referred to him as "the accountant." I suspect it's not a coincidence that Matt is also an accountant as is his buddy Tom. I'm wondering if this means that somehow he (probably Matt) may end up making a fairly big showing in the last book, as well.

Any thoughts? The more I read of Rowling's writing, the more I realize that she's pretty careful with making things relevant and foreshadowing. Of course, that makes it easy to read a lot more into what could easily be innocuous things.

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