“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

Quick Statistics

  • “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith
  • Crime Mystery
  • Read as a hard copy
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished April 15, 2014

Official Synopsis

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Thoughts/Summary

So we read this book for our book club, and I was thoroughly impressed in all honesty. I love love love JK Rowling, and like so many I am a huge Potterhead (I have the Deathly Hallows tattooed on my ankle) but I was slightly nervous for this book. I’d heard amazing things, but I found that with “The Casual Vacancy” Rowling was trying really really hard to separate herself from HP and make it known that it was an adult novel. This one, it was pretty obvious that she wasn’t trying as hard.

The book itself took me a bit to get into, and maybe it’s because I am so used to the way Rowling wrote Harry Potter that I was ready for that instant grab but I didn’t get that until maybe about half way through. To be honest, it might not have helped that I was switching between the book and the e-book but either way.

I really did love this book, and I bought “The Silkworm” the other day, and I’m hoping that my book club picks it up soon because I’m seriously itching to read it.

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