Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith (although we all know who it is really by) is a crime novel set in modern day London and follows Cormoran Strike as he looks into the death of famous model Lula Landry. Aided by his new secretary/assistant, Robin Ellacott, Cormoran works his way into the very highs of society and the lows as well in an attempt to solve the case.

I will admit, it did take me a few chapters to get into and as someone who is a massive fan of JK Rowling, I did go in with high expectations. The two main characters, Robin and Strike, are very different which makes their interactions quite fun to read and the development of their relationship interesting to behold. The fact that Robin is a temporary secretary means that her first-hand reactions to Strike and his work as a private detective are very much the reader’s.

The book is well written, it did succeed in keeping me guessing as to the solution of the case. I did guess who it was towards the beginning, but due to a convoluted twist of witnesses and new pieces of evidence arising – both red herring and not, I kept changing my mind throughout the rest of the novel. This made the resolution a twist, but not so much a twist that is was unbelievable.

The middle of the novel did get a bit slow as a result of all the interviews with witnesses and no progress appearing to be made. I wanted to know who the criminal was, and nothing seemed to be happening. Towards the end, when the pieces began to get put into place, it did speed up and the turnout of events was thrilling.

Overall, I would give ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ four stars out of 5. The characters have depth, the plot is interesting and the solution is not completely off-the-wall. The clues are thought out and I imagine, on a second reading, I will be able to spot them much more clearly. Definitely worth the read.

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