Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Published by Mulholland Books on April 30, 2013

Series: Cormoran Strike, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery

Format & Length: hardcover, 455

Source: purchased

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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. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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I had mixed feelings about The Cuckoo’s calling. While I really enjoyed the actual plot line of the story, the writing was overly wordy and dense, making it hard for me to really connect with the characters.

For me, Galbraith’s (or Rowling, as we all know) writing style worked better in the Harry Potter books because they were geared towards a younger audience and the language was simpler. Here, I found myself having to reread sections multiple times to pull the important bits out of the wordiness. I kept reading because I wanted to see how the story would proceed and who the killer actually was.

Overall, I was satisfied with the plot and happy to have read this book, but I will not be reading any more Cormoran Strike novels. If you enjoy detective novels, this might be up your alley. But if you only picked it up because J.K. Rowling is the author and you loved Harry Potter, this might not be your cup of tea. Proceed with caution.


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