The Cuckoo's Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Publisher: Mulholland Books

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I confess that I think that any of my enjoyment of this book was just knowing J.K. Rowling wrote it. As always she's a fantastic writer & I did truly love some the characters she created. I could clearly envision Cormoran Strike & found him to have a lot of depth. Some of the suspects & witnesses also had that strong visual, even if we were only given a brief glance of them.

Other characters though were barely sketched out or felt like caricatures, like the victim, Lula. Perhaps it was intentional as Strike never met her & only had secondhand knowledge of who she was but it was hard to get invested into the murder of a person who just does not seem real.

It was also hard to get invested in the mystery as honestly it felt lazy.

I am not someone who spends the book trying to solve the mystery- I am happy to just go along for the ride. However this book left very little clues along the way, with the reader being kept mostly in the dark over what Strike figures out. You plod along until the end where suddenly Strike wraps it all up for you, tells you things he's observed that were never mentioned in the book, & gives up evidence without any explanation of how the heck he found that out.

The book does not invite you into the mystery. Instead it feels like the book is slowly plodding along until an appropriate page number to reveal all in a sudden flourish. The result for me was that I really  didn't care who did it or why. I never got below the surface for any of the characters & the ending

Did I enjoy it as I read it? Yes. But did I also wonder when  they mystery was going to really kick in? Absolutely. The ending wrapped it all up but I rather have been given clues along the way versus an end of book summary, tied with a bow.

I'm willing to give the next in the series a try but am pretty sure that's only because it's J.K. Rowling.




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