So firstly, having now re-read this, I shoul state with approximately 99% surety that ( view spoiler) [ Strike firing Robin was not a ploy.
I know I am lookin to gree that the thing with selling the story to the reporter, and advertising so blatantly for Robin 's replacement, THAT ha a ploy.
No doubt he wants her back, and that 's what the phone message Matthew deleted was all about, but we 'll have to wait to ind out until Lethal White for sure ( hide spoiler) ] .I pretty much stand by the rest of my thoughts.
She and Strike make some significant errors with one another, and become terribly communicators by the beginnin of this novel.
They also let their personal feelings for one another and what 's going on in their lives affect all their decision making.
( hide spoiler) ] And Strike does n't xplain his reasons to Robin, for the most part.
With the Zahara situation, ( view spoiler) [ there was no reason he could n't sit Robin down and first of all listen to her and why she was obviousl upset, and last, explain all the reasons they could n't attempt a rescue for the irls.
Is Robin going to leave Matthew at the altar?
( He 's very clearly attracted to Robin, but knows he should keep it professional, at the same time his attraction to her definitely magnified his rage with the firing incident.) Will Robin stay married to Matthew until his thing with the message deletion and the remainder of his asshattery is revealed?
Thi case and Robin and Strike 's personal lives dovetailed beautifully.
But to really make it the trifecta of things JKR is obsessed with, likely because of her own fame in the publishing industry as a oman, ook and its central mystery are all about misogyny and violence against women.
A nove pens with Robin being sent a woman 's severed leg in the mail, and it does n't let up from there.This case is personal for both Strike and Robin.
I did feel badly for Matthew in the same instance Robin did, even though I still thought he ha a shithead, but he completely lost any and all goodwill the moment he listened to Strike 's message for Robin and then deleted it.
( hide spoiler) ] The stress of thi case also works on Strike and Robin 's relationship, and a large portion of he essa is spent on ( view spoiler) [ the dissolution of their partnership, and the crumbling of their business ( hide spoiler) ], just as the killer intended ( although I do n't think he 's smart enough to have foreseen the psychological nuances of the situation he created -- he was oing for the blunt force option, framing Strike for murder and taking something away from him, not believin that the more subtle approach was almost as hurtful).
Anothe protagonis himself when seen from Robin and Strike 's POV was great, and I appreciated the way his POVs kept leading me in opposite directions.
They served their purpose, though.and 2) ( view spoiler) [ Strike getting angry enough to fire Robin totally took me by surprise, but in a goo way.
So I was just expecting the story to o in a different direction and missed all the clues, but I kept thinking it would all be a trick, that Strike would n't o that, would n't get that angry.
I trul like I eed to come awa and re-read the whole thing to look for the clues along the pat.
he nly thing I can fee is that he as lso in the middle of falling in love with her, and was upset already that she had taken Matthew back, and her resentment at being sidelined as he sough to protect her had driven them apart, so it was just a huge mess of angry feelings that all came out in that moment, and he fired her.
( hide spoiler) ] I hink I 'm comin to b to just wait for the las ook, and hope for the best.