The Ink Black Heart - Robert Galbraith

The Ink Black Heart

By Robert Galbraith

  • Release Date: 2022-08-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,610 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*


  • Best detective series!

    By AllyKat1131
    Loved it! This series is awesome, so many twist, turns, subtle clues; it actually makes you think! I usually, with other who-done-it books, figure out who the bad person is within the first half- but not with this series! Definitely recommend I had no issue following along with the online chats, contrary to a few other reviews I saw. I enjoyed it!
  • Ink Black Heart

    By Exiled Texan
    1200 pages too long.
  • Ink Black Heart

    By janeothedead
    Excellently written, with all the twists and turns you expect from the Galbraith series.
  • Good. Not my fav of strike and Ellacott agency

    By Pillskin
    Love the characters. This is long. Endless in-game chats or tweets don’t seem necessary. The chapter epigraphs entirely useless.
  • Could not finish book

    By Passwords everywhere
    I tried twice but could not finish this book. I have enjoyed the other books in this series but this one has too many awful characters and is very dark. Also it is difficult to read all the tweeted conversations between characters. The plot plodded slowly along and was not exciting or fun. I gave up on the book. :(
  • Well written but not my favorite Strike book.

    By Laterkater
    I found it rather tedious to read all the ongoing text messages throughout the story. Since it was all part of the characters in the murder mystery- there was no skipping any part of them. I also found it extremely hard to read the vile stuff spouted by the evil& idiot suspects- but again had to read or forget finishing the book. What I do enjoy are the regular characters that keep coming back from story to story- she definitely makes them real by their flaws and their heartfelt relationships with each other. Excellent descriptions of the places they travel to and the dialogues are so real- that you feel like you know them and that you will be anxious for her next Strike mystery! She’s a brilliant storyteller and I hope she never stops writing!
  • Lots of characters and online personas

    By Ams999999
    Hard to keep up with who was who at times . Enjoyable read, though I do want more to develop w robin and strike… the continued tension is kind of exasperating
  • I’ve loved the series, but this is Terrible. I feel so scammed.

    By redhookrobert
    Do not buy this book. Boring. Page after page of dull, insipid social media posts. Feels like it was written by a committee.
  • Much better than book 5

    By lillinares
    A small plot hole, but otherwise an enjoyable, hard-to-put-down book.
  • Poor editing

    By pet vet girl
    Too long. Too many characters. Difficult to read online conversations and Twitter feeds. Too many suspects to ultimately end up with what seemed most obvious at the start. And if you are going to include a romance subplot, at some point you need to provide a resolution if you don’t want to piss off your readers. Expected better.