BBB Book Review - The Cuckoo's Calling

Monday, 30 September 2013

What's this? Two posts from me in one day? It's like buses, these blog posts - none for days then two come at once! Actually, it's just that I always try to do a Mostly.... and a book review every month, and as the last day of the month has crept up very quickly upon me, that's the reason for two posts this afternoon.
"When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . ."
By now you've probably heard something about The Cuckoo's Calling, amongst all the hype of it being revealed that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for JK Rowling. I hadn't heard anything about this book myself until then either, and all of a sudden it was everywhere. I curiously read the blurb and was surprised to find it was a detective novel. A few reviews later, and it was added to my Amazon basket.
I did not expect this book to be as good as it is. And it is honestly, very very good. Being a bit of a mystery addict, I've read many variations of the genre, and watched a number of TV versions too, so for me to recommended this so highly, really is praise. It is a good old fashioned, gumshoe detective novel. Strike has to use all of his contacts, nerve, charm (or lack of) and brains to get to the ultimate conclusion. JK Rowling has always been good at factoring in a good twist and this was no exception.

The only criticism I had is that after reading such a long book, the conclusion suddenly came upon you, very quickly out of no where, and I wasn't anticipating it. It also took me a while to figure out the meaning behind the title, but a few hours after finishing it, it became clear. I won't explain it here, as it would give away far too much, but it will make sense.
Overall this was a brilliant read, and I've now starting passing my copy around to friends and family.
Have you read The Cuckoo's Calling?


  1. Sounds amazing! You've convinced me to read it! :) Might pick it up when I go shopping this weekend...


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