Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling


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.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I was trying not too expect too much. Like most Potter fans I do miss the series and new book releases pertaining to that incredible world J.K. Rowling has created. I knew, going into this book, it was not going to be at all the same.

Boy was I wrong. Each Potter book is essentially a who-done-it mystery and that is one thing J.K. Rowling does exceptionally well.

Her cast of characters are equal parts funny and heart breaking, villainous and down right human. Cormoran Strike is rather unique individual. Handicapped from the war and a retired army man, he is struggling to keep his business afloat while dealing with a high strung ex-fiance. Cormoran is hired to investigate the high-profile death of a super model. While delving into the family’s complicated and sordid past he must dodge the drama, rumors and paparazzi.

I really enjoyed the build up, I loved reading his interviews and seeing a little bit more into how his mind works. I especially adore his secretary Robin and would LOVE to see more of her in the next book. I can’t wait to see where this series goes. It definitely reminds of my Agatha Christie obsession when I was younger! An over all great read.

Recommended to: Anyone who loves a great mystery/thriller.

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