Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you'll know that J K Rowling wrote a book and published it under a pseudonym. This is that book. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. Huh. Robert. When I first heard of this I knew I wanted to read it but I wasn't exactly rushing to read it straight away. I read The Casual Vacancy which I liked but wasn't crazy about. That book made me realise that I wasn't actually the biggest fan of Rowling's adult works. But when I saw this on buy one get one half price in Waterstones, I knew I had to check it out!

The Cuckoo's Calling is about a model who falls off her balcony and dies. It's ruled as a suicide but her grieving brother isn't happy with that answer, he thinks that she was murdered. So he hires Cormoran Strike, a private detective. Strike is war veteran with a prosthetic leg and it becomes very apart very quickly that he also has a lot of psychological problems and that this case isn't necessarily healthy for him. It also follows a girl called Robyn, who starts working as a temporary secretary for Strike. 

So how did I get on with this book? I liked it and I thought the ending was really clever. However, I found it to be extremely slow and I had to really motivate myself to pick it up and read it. The last 70 pages or so where absolutely amazing and I could't put the book down. The rest of it felt a bit slow and it felt like there was a lot of 'filler'. It could have easily been 100 pages shorter and still been a great book. I also felt like a lot of the characters where very similar to the characters in The Casual Vacancy. If you've read both then don't you agree that Rochelle is basically a grown up Krystal?! Also I found the relationship between Cormoran and Robyn to be bit weird. I found scenes between the two of them to be extremely awkward. What I did really like was that it really showed the hackling that celebrities get. When Strike is interviewing the model's friends he experiences things like getting chased by the paparazzi which really adds something to the novel! As I was reading this I kept thinking to myself that it was a 3/5 star book but the ending was so clever and well thought out that I had to give it 4/5 stars in the end even though I'm not sure if I actually liked it or not. It was extremely well written though, I have to give it that!

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