Book Reviews

The Cuckoo’s Calling

Rating: 3 Stars

I was really excited to read this book since the story came from the same great mind as the Harry Potter series and I was well aware going into this that the stories were nothing alike, but I was still a little disappointed.


The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant 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.

 This book was a very slow read and took a while to pick up. I can usually read a book this length in 1 or 2 days, but this book took me 6 days to work through- And I mean WORK.
The first half of the book dragged on and the main character Strike really annoyed me in the beginning. The second half of the book picked up and Strike seemed to develop more of a personality that included more than self-pity and stubbornness.
J.K. Rowling does an excellent job at keeping the mystery alive throughout the story and making you think that several different characters could possibly be guilty of the crime. I really did not put the clues together regarding the killer until right before the confrontation with Strike. I was even more surprised about the revelation regarding Charlie. I have to give it to the killer though, he sure does a good job hiding his crazy!
I enjoy a good mystery and it is because of this that I was able to make it through the book, but I still don’t think I will read The Silkworm, which is the sequel The Cuckoo’s Calling.

2 thoughts on “The Cuckoo’s Calling

  1. It’s been a while since I finished Cuckoo, but I did enjoy it once it started picking up! I agree about the slow beginning though. I bought The Silkworm on the bargain table not too long ago but haven’t read it yet. Should be interesting 🙂


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