BOOK REVIEW: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Beautiful British model Lula Landry is found dead outside of her flat. The police states she has committed suicide.

P.I. Cormoran Strike, with the help of his (temporary) secretary Robin Ellacott, tracks down the real cause of the famed model’s death after a worrisome client believes she was murdered. This case could really turn Strike’s life around. After losing his leg in the war of Afghanistan, breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, and barely living in his own office, he needs the work.

I almost gave up reading The Cuckoo’s Calling. The book initially started out with a bang with the discovery of Lula’s body then it went downhill to a tortuous series  of repeatable episodes with Strike running around London asking people about Lula’s death with recycled information the reader already knows.

Plus, I felt terrible for Strike. He lived this pitiful life living in his office and people were coming to his door for money he didn’t have. Not that a P.I’s life is supposed to be glamorous but geez!

Everything turned out for the better. I enjoyed the diverse characters and the developing storyline. I suppose I’m so used to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series I was expecting so much more. This is her writing from a new angle.  It’s interesting to see Rowling expanding her writing into new territories.

If you know J.K. Rowling and you’re curious about her works outside the magical realm of Harry Potter, give this book a try. However, I warn you not to chuck the book out of the window when you read the first chapters. Believe me, it gets better. By the ending of this book, I was ready to read book #2: The Silkworm. I’m quite sure it  gets better than this.

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling?

Did you want to pull your hair out or did you cuddle with the book on a fur rug by the roaring fireplace? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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