2013 Book Reviews · Favourite Books

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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‘When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair bound 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.

A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves I to the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger…’

So what a surprise this book has been, in April “Robert” released his debut book and was welcomed with very warm reviews by those who read it. Three months later we discover that J.K. Rowling is the real writer hiding behind a pen name.

Well as you all know by know I adore Rowling’s work, (yes Casual Vacancy was slow starting but it was still a work of genius after you got past those first 100 pages.) so as soon as I heard about this I was in my car and at the shops quicker than Superman saving Lois Lane from a burning building.

Unfortunately NO shop had the book, typical, Mr Stone refused to let me drive to Norwich to grab the only copy and I had to make do with the Kindle version.

Within the first few pages I was suckered in, Rowling has this ability to make you really live within her books. It was intriguing, brilliantly written and compelling.

A young model, falls to her death and it seems very clear cut. She jumped to her death, known to have mental health issues, there really wasn’t any doubt.

Strike, Private Detective, is hired by Mr Bristow to look into his sister’s, Lula Landry, death. Bristow doesn’t believe she would of committed suicide and is sure she was murdered.

Her friends all give accounts that she was happy and full of life within the last moments of her life, so why did someone who was so happy commit suicide.

As Strike delves deeper into the world that surrounded Lula, we discover that she was smothered by the press who followed her every move and hacked her phone calls. She was adopted because her real mother was a prostitute and never cared for her.

Strike is ex-army and going through a tough break up, he finds himself sleeping on a camp bed in his office and he is in a financial pickle and owing money. I think this instantly makes us warm to him.

Robin quite literally bumps into Strike on her first day as a temp in his office. She is instantly likeable, with the fact her dream has been to become a Private Detective, so when she finds herself outside Strike’s office we all feel that little bit of excitement. Robin is a fantastic and strong character who instantly becomes worth her weight in gold.

This is a glorious old school detective novel. I really thought I had the killer but was proved wrong, and gladly so! No one wants to be right, it would be very boring reading indeed.

I really hope this is the start of long series with Strike and Robin. Rowling really knows how to capture you and be so descriptive that the words leap out of the pages pulling you under her spell.

The link for the hardback version is here;

And the kindle version here;


4 thoughts on “The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

  1. You did a quick reading, didn’t you? I was surprised to read that J.K. Rowling wrote a new book. Your review is very interesting and I will definitely read this book as soon as it will be available here in Germany.
    Thank you for the review!

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