Book Review #3: The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling)

Monday, 29 December 2014
Product details:
Publisher: Sphere
Format: Hardback
Length: 550 pages
Published: 2013
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Source: Purchased
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.

So what did I think of it? Well I have to say as a lover of crime novels that I absolutely adored The Cuckoo’s Calling! Naturally I had high expectations from this book after J.K’s success over her other adult book, The Casual Vacancy (which I also loved) so naturally it’s safe to say that once again she blew me away!  

I adored the characters of Comoran Strike and Robin, his newly acquired secretary and I loved the comparisons between these two characters, it really did feel like a whole Batman and Robin scenario! What made them realistic for me was pretty much the simplistic charms that each character had, such as Robin’s ability to pry information from people from trying on a few clothes.  

I really loved the plotline, the mysterious death of famous model Lula Landry gripped me throughout the book however towards the end I managed to get myself a bit confused. Whether that was because I was flying through the book so fast I didn’t notice, or maybe because I just clearly wasn’t paying enough attention, but the reveal of the murderer left me with unanswered questions. Perhaps we’ll get them in a sequel.  What I didn’t understand is why her brother would enquire to Strike about Lula’s murder, when in fact it was him himself. Surely he would have gotten away with it since the poilce just took it as suicide? Maybe he was trying to frame it on somebody else and I clearly just didn’t read it properly.

Overall however, I thought it was a brilliant storyline, the characters were really well developed and I can’t wait for J.K to continue writing as Robert Galbraith! On my classification scale I award this book 4 stars!

You can find The Cuckoo’s Calling (here) on The Book Depository!

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