Here comes a book I had wanted to read for a while: ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith. And it is a really good book indeed. A gripping detective novel written by J.K. Rowling under her crime pseudonym. I liked it so much that it shall have a review on my blog.
The ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ is the first book in a series and introduces private detective Cormoran Strike, who gets hired to investigate the alleged suicide of supermodel Lula Landry by her brother. What slowly and steadily unfolds thereafter is an old-school-style whodunnit set in a modern-day London high-society. That said, this book is mainly conversation-driven which makes the plot a bit slow in places. So if you’re a fan of action and cliffhangers, this might not be for you. But especially through this focus on conversation, Galbraith/Rowling manages to develop the characters to a level of credibility that makes you think they are actually real people. And not only the main characters Strike and his secretary Robin, but all the supporting characters as well. Rowling is and shall remain a sorceress when it comes to designing characters. And plots even more so! The steady buildup of the story to the revelation of what transpired that night Lula Landry died was the perfect murder mystery.
[Beware, mild spoilers ahead!] Even though the thought of the actual murderer being the murderer had crossed my mind, I was still surprised when they were revealed to be the murderer… because I didn’t think the evidence would allow for that assumption. But Robert aka JK has plotted the story quite cleverly and at no point given away enough information for the reader to be absolutely sure of the solution. At least I wasn’t. And there are still some things I don’t quite see (Why would somebody who plans to kill a person push them from a second floor balcony? Why would Bristow hire Strike in the first place?)…
Regardless, that book got me hooked and I will definitely read the next book (which I just found out was already published last year… Whoo!).