I actually read “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Gilbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling) last May, so this is a post that has been on my Drafts folder for far too long. I’ve been reading a couple of books these past months, but I’m still way behind my Reading Challenge goal for this year. Hopefully, I’ll catch up on my list and you’ll read more reviews soon.
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, thelegendary 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.
One of the reasons I read this book is because of the hype it received when it was revealed the author was actually J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym. Did you know, there were reports that before the news came out, several publishers actually turned it down, and that the book only sold 1500 copies? After the revelation, sales rose by A LOT!
Some reviews I’ve read said it’s “well-written, but quiet”, and I have to agree by the quiet part! It was such a slow read for me that it took me almost a month to finish it. I’d read it for a couple of minutes before going to bed, and it literally put me to sleep. I think J.K. Rowling went for the Agatha Christie vibe here, I can see some resemblance in the writing. But man! This book is just so…SLOW! Halfway through it, I’d figured out who the culprit was, and I kept thinking that some of the events leading up to the ending were really not necessary.
But the thing that J.K. Rowling does best is giving such clear and vivid descriptions about her characters and the locations. By the end of the book, I could envision who Cormoran Strike and Lula would be, should it ever end up being turned into a movie. And I also wanted to know more about Coromoran’s back story, if he and his assistant would end up together.
If you’re a J.K. Rowling fan and was expecting something like Harry Potter, you won’t find that same magic here. Although it was a good effort, to me, the book really wasn’t that good. If the publishers had not revealed who the real author was, this wouldn’t have sold as many units as it has.
But obviously, a LOT of other people have a different opinion (or maybe the publishers just want to make more money), because the second book on this series was released just recently. Reviews say “The Silkworm” is much better than this first book, so I’ll probably go ahead and read that one too, just to see if the reviews are true.
Read this book when You’ve drunk a lot of coffee, and you can’t sleep. This book is guaranteed to make you doze off.
Have you read “The Cuckoo’s Calling”? What did you think about it? Sound off on the comments section or email me. I’d be happy to discuss this with you!