Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

cuckooTitle: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author:  JK Rowling

Robert Galbraith (pseudonym)

officialsynopA brilliant debut 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, thelegendary 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.


Three years ago, the world-renowned Harry Potter matriarch, JK Rowling admitted that she was the one behind the crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was in May 2013 when a certain Robert Galbraith debuted his mystery novel. Three months later, an errant tweet disclosed that Mr. Galbraith was non-existent and it was only a pseudonym for, you know who! Yes, Ms. Rowling.

Amid this controversy, I got nosy and curious of the book. So I downloaded this book to my Kindle because my interest was so piqued, even my nose twitched!

When it was revealed that JKR penned this crime novel, suddenly, the sales for Cuckoo skyrocketed from the # 95th place to # 1 !

Some said JKR did it to see if the book would still sell without the usual hype she usually got from her HP books. Maybe so.

I then discovered from another website that it was only because of an errant tweet that caused her to come out in the open. I’ve read a few chapters of the Cuckoo and it was a good book on its own merits. Although I couldn’t help but imagine an older version of Harry Potter’s face as the private detective in the crime novel. Without the magic wand, of course.

I liked the novel because I liked the setting of the story, it was catered to a more mature audience compared to her HP series. It was about the death of a supermodel Lula Landry, which the police had ruled out as suicide. But her brother, John thought otherwise. Lula, also known as Cuckoo, still made the headlines after her tragic death. So, Lula’s brother asked for Detective Cormoran Strike’s help to uncover the mystery. Soon it was a roller coaster ride of emotions and suspicions.

I’m a fan of mysteries; the book got me thinking who the real killer was and JKR delivered! I just tried imagining an older version of Harry because I wasn’t able to conjure a particular face for the detective.

I was just a little annoyed with those long descriptive sentences. It was like reading a long whole paragraph, but when you read it again, you realize, it consisted of only two statements. Ugh!

Anyway, It was quite a pleasant experience reading a JKR novel again. Too bad I would have preferred that she remained Robert Galbraith for a longer period of time, so people would better appreciate the book. Just my two cents…

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