- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1st Edition edition (April 30 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316206849
- ISBN-13: 978-0316206846
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.4 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 208 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cuckoo's Calling Hardcover – Apr 30 2013
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"One of the books of the year."―USA Today
"Robert Galbraith has written a highly entertaining book... Even better, he has introduced an appealing protagonist in Strike, who's sure to be the star of many sequels to come.... its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense. More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team - a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Rowling switches genres seamlessly...a gritty, absorbing tale."―People (3.5/4 stars)
"[Rowling's] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I'll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you'll want to see again in other adventures."―Washington Post
"An extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore...great pleasures."―Slate
"a strong and enticing read ... It's a gripping tale set in bustling London, and the author - whether called Galbraith or Rowling - shows superb flair as a mystery writer"
"It's really, really good - beautifully written with a terrific plot ... It's a terrific read, gripping, original and funny ... Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike. I can't wait for the next"―Richard & Judy, Daily Express
About the Author
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.
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The many characters in the story are memorable. Strike's investigative strengths as well as his personal weaknesses are highlighted. A good glimpse of the fashion industry and inter-racial prejudice is presented.
I will be looking for a follow-up novel featuring the two main characters.
As a reader, even if I don't figure it all out, tie up all the loose ends and solve it before the end, I do like knowing that everything was there in the writing and innuendo that I could have arrived at the same plausible conclusion before the proverbial cat is out of the bag.... I wanted a climactic, fast-paced ending, but instead I felt just a little bit let down. That's just my preference though - I'm sure many other readers would feel disappointed if they weren't surprised by the ending. You know that (smug) little feeling of satisfaction in solving a mystery before the final pages?... I just missed out on that sense of camaraderie with the protagonist when you feel like you and he/she have it all figured out (motive and all) and are just waiting for the final reckoning to unfold in a heart-pounding conclusion.
Okay, that is out of my system now, mostly, and we can now get down the serious business of murder.
For those Muggles who are incredibly out of the loop, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a very thick murder mystery book that just came out a few months back. It was labeled as authored by newcomer Robert Galbraith and was receiving rave reviews. But due to a colossal blunder, it was revealed it have actually been written by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling. Cue media frenzy.
Which is where I come in, having quickly acquired The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling, and having recently completed it, I can now proclaim my love for this book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling stars Cormoran Strike, a very down in the dumps private eye who on a particular day gets a new temp receptionist, the young, intelligence, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott. That same day, another guest arrives, an actual paying customer, named John Bristow.
He wants Strike to re-investigate the death of Bristow’s famous celebrity sister, world renowned fashion model Lulu Landry, who three months earlier had taken a plunge off of a balcony on a cold winters night. The police have ruled it suicide. Bristow is convinced it is not.
And so begins an epic journey of Strike, ably assisted by the clever Robin, of tracking down the details of not only Lulu’s death and final days, but also so many parts of the rest of her life. From the interviews with Lulu’s driver and building security guard to tracking down her homeless friend to meeting her modeling colleagues, a portrait is gradually filled in by Strike of who Lulu was.
And that concept of her shows a young lady with various problems, thrust into instant fame, and living in the shadow of constant hounding by the gossip rags. Everyone Strike talks to gives a slightly different version of you they consider Lulu to be, and also offers their opinions on all her friends as well. Truths, half-truths, rumours, and innuendos are spread out to Strike, by some trying to dazzle him, others to confuse the investigation. As the tons of information slams in, Strike and you the reader, must filter all through the debris of Lulu’s life in order to find out if she really was murdered.
Along the way of this probe we also get a very indepth look at her avenging angel himself, Cormoran Strike. J.K. pulls together a complex character, one with a tumultuous past, lots of emotional baggage, and a very messy love life. And to make Strike’s present day abit more complicated, he is trying to navigate professional waters with Robin. This delicate balance can definitely be explored more in future volumes, which J.K. has promised.
Be forewarned, this is a mature read because of language and subject matter, and has a rather large cast to keep track of. But for J.K. fans that later part should not be a problem, since we are used to a big canvas.
I completely enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and was constantly guessing as to if and who the murderer was. Some predictions were proved correct, others were not. How would you fare with The Cuckoo’s Calling?
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