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 long time 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, excitement, 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 they 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.
I didn’t know The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by J.K Rowling until about halfway through reading it. It was a buy based on the interesting cover. So, I’m like halfway through the book and I decide to read the summary and I found out J.K. Rowling wrote it. It definitely changed how I was reading the book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was a very complex book. There was quite a bit of detail. It took me longer to get through than usual. Partially because there were a few really detailed boring parts. But mostly because there was so much important information that’s relevant to the story. This was a typical murder mystery, with some twists. There were many surprises. I didn’t see any of them coming. The Cuckoo’s Calling was suspenseful and full of action. It was a very good mystery novel. The characters were really interesting. I think they were very well developed characters. I feel like this book is harder to review than others because of it’s author. I really enjoyed this book even though it had some pretty slow parts.
The characters were phenomenal. The book is written in third person, but opens up with Robin Ellacott. It seemed, at first, that this book was going to be about Robin. It was, to an extent. She was more of a secondary character. Regardless, I loved Robin. At first she was just doing what she was told and trying to find a better job. But she got sucked into the investigating and ended up helping quite a bit. Robin was spunky and enthusiastic and very determined. She tried her hardest at everything she did, and I really enjoyed that.
Then comes our main character, Cormoran Strike. He’s a private investigator trying to solve the murder of the famous Lula Landry. Strike was a very interesting character. He’d just gotten out of a very serious relationship, had no money, and was living in his office. Strike was a very proud man. He didn’t like to ask for help, or let anyone know that something was wrong. He was very independent and had to do almost everything himself. Cormoran was the kind of person that did anything and everything he could to figure out what happened and help others. I really like everything about him, except that he wouldn’t talk to anyone about the problems in his life.
Last is John Bristow. He’s kind of the villain of our story. Although he may not seem like it in the beginning. He hires Strike to figure out what actually happened to his sister. Bristow was very deceiving in The Cuckoo’s Calling. He seemed like he wanted to help, but ended up getting in the way more than helping. John liked to act like he was smart and knew everything, but he wasn’t and didn’t. I liked his character in the beginning of the book, but by the end he was really just an annoyance to everyone.
Overall, The Cuckoo’s Calling was an excellent mystery novel. There was all the action, suspense, and drama that’s expected. Even though there were some slow parts because of the amount of detail, I still really enjoyed this book. I’d suggest this one to any of our older readers because it is definitely an adult book.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.