Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Also in this series: The Silkworm
The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant 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, the legendary 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.
You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was a reread for me, I had read it a really long time ago, but never picked up the next book. It lay forgotten, until this summer when I found not only the sequel but the third one super cheap in a charity shop in Dublin, Ireland. Well after reading The Girl on the Train, I was on a crime kick, and what better book to read.
I think what makes The Cuckoo’s Calling special is the character and the way the surroundings are written. You’re completely drawn into the story and the crime, you truly become to know the characters, you’re running a mini investigation in your head based on the information handed out. I just loved the way all the ends tied together in a believable manner. Plus the ending was so freaking satisfying, like it was a breath of fresh air.
I think the way the story was told and how everything pans out in the end you couldn’t have seen it coming and that’s what makes it fantastic. It really was a good ending, one that surprises you but in hindsight you could totally have seen happening.
My favourite character without a doubt is Cormoran Strike. He’s relatable, and totally awesome at his job, which is a plus when you’re chasing clues around London on one leg. I think the fact that he has off days makes me love him way more. He’s a real person not someone who has the right answers at the right time.
Least favourite character without a doubt would be Matthew – Robin’s awful boyfriend. I’m sure he was put in this book purely to make all the others look good. I looked at their relationship and questioned why Robin put up with so much shit – like seriously – this guy is a walking clingbomb. Urggh, bad relationships ruin books.
Would I recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling? Damn right I would, I adore this book and all the characters in it. They make me smile thinking of them. Seriously pick it up if you haven’t. You’re missing a trick.
Have you read the series, does it stay as good as the first one? Who was your favourite character?