Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.
If someone wanted to see the same subject matter (psychotic homicidal misogyny) except, you know, done better, I'd recommend BBC's The Fall, with a strongly feminist tone and Gillian Anderson in the lead. In every way that Career of Evil falls down, doesn't work, The Fall succeeds. Rowling was just not ready for this, and her inadvertent glorification of the killer as she tried to make him menacing makes me the most uncomfortable.
Still an enjoyable read. I'm going through it really quickly. But a disappointment. All of these other women's suffering seems to mainly be to enhance and advance Strike's character. No! Bad!