12 September 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling

on Goodreads here | on Amazon UK here

The blurb: When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's world, the darker things become and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

Rating: 5/5 stars

Crime isn't a genre I've read much of before, but this book has definitely convinced me to try some more, starting with the sequel! I loved it. It's common knowledge now that Robert Galbraith is actually JK Rowling, but that hasn't affected my opinion like I thought it might. I honestly couldn't find anything to dislike about it.

I really liked the characters and the way they were introduced; they were all really well developed and especially the two main characters, Cormoran Strike and his secretary Robin, are really likeable. Another good thing is that while there are quite a lot of characters, there aren't so many that you can get lost with who's who. The mystery itself is so intriguing, I was hooked right from the beginning when the scene surrounding Lula Landry's death is set and I hadn't solved the mystery at the end when all was revealed! It was fascinating to read the investigation from Cormoran's point of view and see how he made sense of things. It kept me guessing the whole way through, I'd considered quite a few of the characters as a potential murderer by the end and I still hadn't got it right! I don't know how Ms. Rowling comes up with this stuff, but she's obviously a very clever lady and a brilliant storyteller.

The pace of the writing is maybe a bit slow at first, but I think that's only because it's necessary for the reader to find out all the details surrounding Lula's death along with Strike for the first time and get to know the characters. It definitely picks up around the middle when more clues and leads start to appear and it's hinted that he may be starting to piece together what happened. I had to keep reading to find out what he knew, and what happened to Lula!

Overall, a really great, entertaining page-turner. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is already a fan of crime novels, but equally I think it's a good place to start if you're new to the genre too.

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought!



  1. I love this book! Her characters are so great. Have you read the second one in the series? She's said she's planning to write a lot more with Strike and Robin!

    1. I haven't yet but I definitely plan to! Great news that there will be more too!

  2. I haven't yet read any of JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith but anything with a character called Cormoran Strike has got to be a winner eh? And I do love a good crime thriller.
    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll come back and let you know what I think!
    M x Life Outside London


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