The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbr… okay, J.K. Rowling
- Method of Obtaining: I received my copy from the publisher.
- Published by: Mulholland Books
- Release Date: 4.30.2013
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, thelegendary 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.
I also recommend:
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Broken Harbor by Tana French
To be honest, putting up a review of J.K. Rowling’s famous book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, seems a bit silly. For months this book sat, unknown, on shelves. In fact, I have a friend who is a librarian in a small-town library and she has informed me that they had 10 copies in the system (with copies available) and the number of requests the day Rowling’s name was released as the author went up to 3500. That’s a lot of press and, if it was deliberate, really freaking brilliant on the publisher’s part. My friend, however, was not very happy about it.
So, I didn’t want to pick up a copy with my own hard-earned cash and decided, last minute, to see if it was available for review through the publisher. To my surprise, there was a copy available to read and so I downloaded it as soon as possible and dove into the reading.
My first impression was that The Cuckoo’s Calling is nothing like Harry Potter – which was a stupid thought but you know it was going to go through my head. My second thought was that it was really nothing like Harry Potter because I was immediately captured by the story (it took me a few books to really warm up to HP). I really enjoyed the rougher style of narration, the hardass detective, the confused temporary worker, and the set-up of the crime scene.
While the information revealed through the research of the mystery was somewhat formulaic, I did find that I spent a lot of time guessing for the first half of the book. Then, as things started to be revealed and I put two and two together, I began to figure out the culprit but was interested to see how Rowling would pull it all together. When she did, I was surprised because it would not have been the way I chose to end the book, but it worked and I felt satisfied when I put the book down.
So, basically, is reading The Cuckoo’s Calling worth all of the hype? Sure. Don’t pick it up thinking it’s Harry Potter though, because it’s not. I think I would have preferred the anonymity though because I feel as if this book is going to lose a class of readers that would otherwise have really enjoyed it. It’s my hope that positive reviews that do not wax on about the brilliance of Rowling will aid in making sure word gets out there and Robert Galbraith continues to live on, even if he exists only on paper.
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