The two reasons I like the Harry Potter series are the character development and the topic is so different. I expected the same from The Cuckoo's Calling, however, "Robert Galbraith" has written just another detective story. Nothing in the story really makes it stand out from all the other detective stories. The detective is a flawed character just like in every other detective story. He is nearly destitute, just like in nearly every other detective story. One thing I like in other detective stories is that you think the story is almost done but there is still a couple of hours left on the counter. You can't figure out how they are going to stretch the story, then there is an unexpected turn of events. The Cuckoo's Calling lacks this stylistic feature. The reveal doesn't happen until the very end of the book. I'm not saying that is good or bad, just different. As the story goes along, you can tell "he" is setting this up to be a series.
The main character, Strike, is developed well but that's really the only character that is developed as well as the Harry Potter cast. Robin is similar to the Hermione character in Harry Potter. A strong, young women with her act together. Strike is similar to Harry in that he is "hero" for lack of a better term. He is going to solve the case but could never do so without the help of his assistant Robin just as Harry could never solve the mysteries without Ron and Hermione.
If you want to see what else J.K. Rowling can write, it's worth a read but I think it falls short of the Harry Potter series.
My review title says it all. I usually read detective mysteries without a supernatural component or a good western but I bought this book in Audible's first in series sale. I loved this book. I got my detective mystery plus a little supernatural thrown in to lose my self. I also really enjoyed the narrator. She read the book with excitement and enthusiasm. Often a woman narrator does an unbelievable male voice but she was really good in all of the parts. Two thumbs up from me. I'm getting the next two in the series.
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