Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Number of Pages: 578 
Copy that I own: Paperback edition, published 22 September 2015 by Mulholland Books
Reading period: 5 to 12 January 2017
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

What’s the book about?

Detective Cormoran Strike, a decorated war veteran turned private detective is hired to investigate the suicide of legendary supermodel, Lula Landry. What ensues is an insight into the world of the rich and famous where lies will be uncovered to find out the truth. Did Lula really commit suicide or was she murdered?

“How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?”

Here’s what I thought of the book

Before I started reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I was hesitant to even pick up the book. I had read a couple of reviews on Goodreads and they were mostly negative, which worried me. Nonetheless, as a Rowling fan, I decided to pick up her detective series to have a go at it.

As her first attempt at writing a detective novel, I’d have to say that it was pretty good. The plot in itself was similar to watching an episode of Criminal Minds. It had a good build-up which included backstories for the characters and a twist that surprised.

However, there were several areas of the book that felt rather lengthy at times which could have done better if shortened. But being the first novel in a series, it was easy to excuse for the readers needed more background in order to get acquainted with the characters.

The initial appearance of Robin got a rather ‘meh’ response from me. She felt like just any other female character that lacked a strong personality. Her having an interest in Strike’s work was great for building her character but she lacked a certain assertiveness that I would have preferred; especially when she’s dealing with her fiance.

Strike, on the other hand, was definitely different from what I had imagined. Instead of the usual swoon-worthy physical features that was common for most main male characters, Strike is a burly-looking man with a prosthetic for a leg. His charm comes in his ability to calmly handle situations while solving the unsolvable.

Though there were several minor improvements that could be made, it was still a great read for Rowling’s first mystery-thriller novel!

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Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? What did you think? Feel free to share your thoughts with me! 🙂

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