Everything’s wrong with JK Rowling’s new book

Kerrigan Edwards, Editor in Chief

JK Rowling has lived an eventful and successful life. While her journey has never been labeled as easy, she pushed her way through depression, divorce, and a poor childhood. 

Rowling is undoubtedly well known for her Harry Potter series, which spiraled into a worldwide phenomenon in the category of fantasy literature. However, Rowling has a multitude of books that she has published aside from the Harry Potter series. 

The concern I have with her new book, Troubled Blood, is that it highlights some controversial issues presented within society today. I am not saying that Rowling is shedding light on the issue, but that she is making it increasingly clear that she has no sympathy for those in the community mentioned. 

It has been addressed by the media that Rowling has been called out multiple times for her insensitive and transphobic comments toward the transgender community. When you are someone of importance and are valued across continents, these opinions should not be continuously reinforced. 

When looking at the plot of Troubled Blood, nothing appears to be wrong at first. This is the fifth book of the series Cormoran Strike, written under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Troubled Blood classifies as a mystery, crime, and thriller book. 

The main character, Cormoran Strike, is a detective investigating a disappearance. Again, nothing wrong with a good mystery. However, the issue I have arises as soon as we learn more about the person behind the initial disappearance.

The serial killer featured in the book is identified by his signature method, luring victims in by dressing as a woman. The serial killer is a cis straight man.

This implies that readers should fear a man who wears feminine clothes. 

Bringing awareness to transgender rights is an issue of great importance. The concern I have with Rowling is that her work can be toxic to young readers and adults alike, leaving an impression that is not ideal. 

Reviewer Jake Kerridge mentions that Rowling’s moral appears to be “Never trust a man in a dress.” 

I can in no way fully judge this book on its contents. I have never read this book and I am basing my opinions on the plot, and descriptions of the novel.