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.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I chose this book because I'm such a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I was so disappointed in her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, that I didn't even finish it. But I like mysteries, so decided to try her again. Cuckoo starts slow. For me, characters drive the story and if I don't care about the characters, I'm not interested in the story. It took me a long time to care about Coroman Strike, but I got there and will probably listen to more in the series.
I enjoyed the Cuckoo's Calling every step of the way. The author melds the stories of the detectives personal and professional life into a fascinating journey, holding your interest throughout. There were many moments that I had to take pause and realize that a single actor was reading all the parts. Bravo.
Mysterious, entertaining and gripping.
Just when I'd think I have it figured out, I realized I didnt. Good story line, easy to listen narrator and believable characters made this a very good listen. Glad I tried it out. Book 2 in my cart.
Main character was my favourite.
Love J.K. Rowling. I dont like this version of her though. Language is rough. wouldn't recommend for your kids who live Harry Potter. She shoukd stick with what she does best .... fantasy.
Overall, the book was just ok. There were times where the story just dragged along. If your looking for the constant suspense that was seen in The Harry Potter series, you will be sorely disappointed. With that said, the narrator was great and the characters were easily distinguishable from one another.
No, I know the ending but looking forward to hearing more of the series!
Yes, wondering who did it and more interestingly why!
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