The Ink Black Heart - Robert Galbraith

The Ink Black Heart

By Robert Galbraith

  • Release Date: 2022-08-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 941 Ratings


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.

*Some of the more complex layouts in the book are rendered as images in the ebook version so that you can enlarge on your preferred reading device*


  • ??????

    By Discerning Reader
    This book is way too long and convoluted, the internet/twitter thing is disconcerting and basically impossible to read in this format and according to those who have read the hardback it’s not easy there either to me this all takes away from the story. The font changes are weird also. However when you ignore all that it’s an interesting mystery. I will read the next one, hopefully Robin & Comoran will figure it out.
  • Couldn’t even finish it

    By funcknme
    Who wants to read online adolescent drivel? Strike/Robin storyline is trite and banal at this point. First book in a long time I tossed after only ¼ thru
  • Good Read

    By McFortyThree
    Really like this series. I would give it 5 stars but this was a little hard to follow in a couple spots. I recommend if you like the other books in the series.
  • Keeps getting better

    By Nick345name567
    Superb! This installment in the series carries the underlying story forward while presenting a new mystery. I couldn’t wait to finish it, but I was so sorry when it was over.
  • Below average

    By Go to ap
    Didn’t like extensive texting format. First book in this series I didn’t enjoy. So so ending
  • Engrossing read!

    By RoseAyo
    Thoroughly enjoyable read!. I read late at night, taking my time to savor. J.K. is a gifted writer and I love, love love these two main characters: Comoron and Robin.
  • A tough read…

    By AKA Otis
    This was a very difficult read. So confusing, too many characters, and the online conversations were a mess. I love this series. I hope she reads the reviews and cleans it up for next time.
  • Didn’t Make Me Twitter

    By Jouncer
    I hope telling stories through twitter feeds doesn’t catch on. I read The Appeal and ended up skimming all the emails and tweets and then found the same thing in this book. Not a good story and ended up skipping to the end. I wonder if this was due in part to the author being attacked on social media due to her stand on gender identity.
  • An engrossing and complicated mystery

    By Catdelacreme
    I had been waiting for this book to come out and it didn’t disappoint! I definitely devoured it too quickly though. I loved seeing Robin be so competent and amazing at her job and Cormoran seeing and thinking the same. She is getting so good at this detective thing and you see how proud he is of her. They are now on equal footing, which is so important to their future relationship, be it just work partner or another kind of partner as well. The mystery itself is so interesting and the fandom and social media that are portrayed are so realistic. It plays out in many locations, and they are all so finely drawn that I can see them, all without ever having been to the UK! All the characters are really fleshed out and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for some or hate for others as if they were real people. I don’t ever write reviews, but this book was so good I felt moved to do so. If you like mystery at all, go read this book!
  • 100 pages too long and anticlimactic ending. Bummer.

    By 22family
    So much potential unrealized. I loved the previous books but this book needs serious editing. And after enduring the slog, it made the anticlimactic ending that much more disappointing. Bummer.