The Cuckoo’s Calling
(Cormoran Strike #1)
Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
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.
I will be the first to admit that when I heard this was actually written by J.K. Rowling I just had to pick this puppy up. It did take me longer than it usually would, but I’m trying to buy less books. But once I laid my hands on this baby, things got exciting. Because I love detectives and I love Rowling’s work. But will I love her doing this new genre? It turns out that I really do! I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series!
Cormoran was a very interesting person with a very interesting back story. Every time we got to find out a bit more about his background I was just gobbling it up. And then there was Robin, the temporary secretary. I loved her right away because she just made the whole thing feel so relatable. her enthusiasm at finally fulfilling her childhood dream of being a detective Together they made for many great scenes which I really enjoyed reading. And it was not only these two characters in the story that were interesting, all of the people in this book were. Every single one had his or her own motives and drive to do whatever they did. It never felt as if a character did or said something because this was the only way the plot would move on.
This story wasn’t action-packed at all, but for me this really wasn’t a problem. Most of the the investigation was done by interviewing the suspects and this was just fine by me. For me it felt very natural for the story to be told in this way. Because after all, Cormoran is a private investigator and doesn’t have the same power the police does. The plot itself was very good in my opinion, I really enjoyed guessing at the ending of this quest for truth. A thing some people might find disappointing is that there aren’t any red herrings throughout the book, and neither are there outspoken clues at any one character. This makes it pretty hard to guess at what really happened, and it never throws you off the right scent. Because in all reality you’re just pretty much in the dark until it is finally and officially shared with you. It might bother you, but it didn’t really bother me.
For me this book was definitely worth it. I would have still read it if it hadn’t been known that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling, that is if I had found it amongst the heaps of detective books. I would have still loved this book equally if this had really been written by Robert or anyone else. But I will admit that I love that this book I adore happens to be another J.K. Rowling book, because that’s just a perfect mix of my favorite author with my favorite genre that turned out to be amazing.
And yes, I will picking up the next book in the series when it comes out. Without hesitation.