Book Reviews

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

…by Robert Galbraith {a.k.a. J. K. Rowling using a pseudonym}

Supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from her balcony one snowy night. The police deem it as a suicide given Landry’s troubled life and mental illness. However, her brother John Bristow is not convinced and hires a private investigator, Cormoran Strike to look into her death and find the truth. Strike’s own life is a mess — he has several debts, is living in his office after the end of his relationship and is still struggling with physical in juries from being in the army and psychological scars from his own childhood. As he takes on the case to pay off his debts, along with his temporary assistant Robin, delves in the complex world of fame and fortune where not everything is as it seems. The closer he gets to finding the truth, the more lives are at stake.

This is Rowling’s first thriller and while it is a whopping 450 pages, it is extremely gripping. If life hadn’t gotten in the way, I would have finished the book a lot sooner! The suspense is well drawn out as are the characters. Apart from Strike and Robin, none of the characters are really likeable…but I doubt they were meant to be. She delves into the surreal world of fashion — where lives are on display thanks to the press but yet, almost everyone is living a lie. In true Rowling style though, she manages to convey several messages even through a mere crime novel. Issues around mental illness and the way society is quick to judge and lump people in a basket due to this are prominent. So too are the class issues which she tackled in both Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy.

At the end of the day, the novel manages to hold its own as a thriller. It has suspense, a good plot and keeps you guessing till the end.

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Until next time,


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