Crime Fiction, Review

The Cuckoo’s Calling | Robert Galbraith

Publisher: Sphere Books
Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Genre: Crime fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 550
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (Goodreads)
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

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.

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.

It has taken me a while to get around to reading this book, but I am so glad that I took my time to read it.

While I found the beginning few chapters to be a bit slow, I started to enjoy it once I’d taken my time to get to know the characters and the story behind what was going on.

There were a few moments within it that I simply just had to stop reading, close the book and give the characters a mental hug. There were also moment when I had to stop reading and swear at the characters because they were being idiots.

Cormoran Strike is a truly amazing character. The wounded war veteran turned Private Investigator is living in his office, after a split from his long-time girlfriend, when we first meet him. Then, he gets a temporary secretary, Robin Ellacott, whose desire is to be a detective. Both Strike and Robin are characters that we end up falling in love with.

This is a fantastic start to what should become a fantastic series and I think that anyone who enjoys crime novels should definitely give it a go.


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