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I love J.K Rowling’s writing. From Harry Potter to Casual Vacancy, I have read almost all of them (well I haven’t quite finished Casual Vacancy yet…). She is my writing inspiration and I love that she is branching out and writing new genres and not sticking to the Harry Potter face that she is most known for. I also think that it is a good idea that she wrote this novel and its sequel under a different name rather than her own. In a way if this book had not sold well, her own reputation would not have been damaged. Of course in my opinion, J.K Rowling can do no wrong in the writing world.
I bought The Cuckoo’s Calling spontaneously in about August before I left for school. I have had it sitting in my room for ages now and finally about a week ago I decided to pick it up and read it. What really caught me was the cover – they say not to judge a book by its cover but with this book the cover caught my attention. I then read the back and the book sounded good and interesting.
Basically it is about a supermodel who falls to her death at the beginning of the novel from her penthouse in London. Something seems really off about the death so three months later, Detective Cormoran Strike is hired by the brother of the model to investigate a little bit further. The brother thinks that she was murdered after he himself looked a little bit further into it.
The pacing of this novel is astounding. Yes, it does run a little bit slow to get to the final answer of if Lula Landry was murdered or if she did commit suicide like what the police concluded and what the media believes. Just when you think maybe there is some solid evidence to prove that she was murdered something else gets unveiled and everything starts from square one again of trying to figure out who is lying and who is not. The pacing is slow, but it is beneficial to the overall plot of the novel.
The main character of Cormoran Strike is a bit boring, in my opinion. He is just a ratty detective that was in the army and had to be sent back due to a major injury. He took money from someone and is struggling to attempt to pay the loan back and simply just does not feel happy or joyous about anything in life. He in particular, I do not like. The second character, Robin, I enjoy very much. She is interesting to me, because she wants to stay working crap money and work for a man that she barely knows anything about. She just decides to stay with him almost like all of us reading the book, because she just wants to know what really happened to Lula Landry the case. There are other good characters and bad characters in my opinion as well.
Now onto the actual story. A model falls out of her window to her death and it is claimed to be a suicide. However, her adopted brother thinks that it was a murder and goes to Cormoran Strike to investigate because he knew his late brother Charlie. So Strike takes it and the story gets slow for that. The plot is interesting, every time you try to think that maybe one person that he questions could be the killer you find someone else that looks a whole lot more suspicious. For the longest time I was absolutely convinced that it was the uncle Tony Landry who was the killer, because he never liked his niece and they always argued. It all seemed to fit perfectly in my head, but then I found out who the actual killer was and I was completely stunned. Like, you will not believe it but once Strike explains it, it makes you go “Ahhh, makes sense now.”
Overall, this was a really good book. I would tell anyone to read this because it kept me going. It took me a while to get through it but I did (because I had this post scheduled and needed to get it done on time).
You can buy the book anywhere online and its sequel, The Silkworm is out now and a third book was literally just completed about two days ago, so there is a third book! It is also getting turned into a BBC Drama show (confirmed by J.K Rowling in a tweet) who’s airdate is undetermined.