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
Knowing this was a J.K. book, I expected much more. I couldn't find any of the characters likeable and the constant swearing was annoying.
The plot was boring. No humor. Too many forgettable characters. It was a good thing I use audiobooks to put me to sleep at night.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Okay, this is going to sound shallow, I suppose, but the book got bogged down, I felt, in the description of every scene. If you love rich luscious detail, you'll love this. It's a good story, and it's well written. I just felt that all the detail slowed down the book. The narrator is excellent.
I would definitely listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again. The characters were compelling. The story was intricate and involved yet all deliciously interwoven to get to the very satisfying ending. The narrator was excellent. And despite having enjoyed it thoroughly, I feel I may have missed some things.
The plot was fairly straight forward - who killed Lula, if anyone at all. However, the story was richly written and had its fair share of twists and turns. I did not expect the ending, so I feel I was given plenty of suspects to choose from, and all for good reasons.
Too many great scenes to choose from to pick a favorite. Sorry.
Near the end, when Robin and Cormoran were individually deciding whether or not they could continue working with each other, I was rooting for both of them.
Loved this book! I am going to find others written by this author!
The story was gripping from the beginning. Never a dull moment and not at all predictable.
The plot was good. It just didn't find that it flowed for me. I might enjoy it if I had the paperback, but the audible version didn't hold my interest.
The most interesting was the fact that the brother didn't believe this was suicide. The least interesting was the interaction with the two main characters.
He was ok. Nothing special and some characters sounded very similar.
A lot of people have given it 4 & 5 star reviews. I just can't say I enjoyed that much.
I don't want to discourage anyone who really wants to read this from doing so. Personally, I feel I wasted a credit so would suggest you look for it during sales.
fast pace, not standard who done it. she showed us again she can write a good story.
the ending I did not have the right bad guy. dag- nag-it. lol.
dress it up. lol. and get some glam.
PLEASE drop the early lines from other books. it throw the books off.
I think the writing was very good and I like the development of the two main characters.
I think wondering how the detective was going to get out of his predicament helped maintain interest. I also like how his new temporary secretary was finding she liked discovering information for the detective.
His voice characterizations were quite good.
On the 1st listen, I was concentrating on the plot and the twists, and on that listen, I expected the action to come sooner. The 2nd time around, assured that the action was coming, I was able to enjoy the rich character development. The writer paints an intricate the portrait of Strike and his associates, and a vivid landscape of the surroundings. This is a beautifully written book that I expect will hold new surprises on every read. There is just so much there. I am starting "Silkworm" right away.
Complex, intriguing plot enriched by the two main characters, Strike and Robin.
Both characters are well described and developed. They have become real people in my mind, and I look forward to the next time I meet them in another of Galbaith's books.
Hopefully, the next book will have R. Glenister as the narrator. His mellow voice, character creation, expressiveness, and pacing were the perfect dramatization of the novel.
Yes, it was written and delivered so well.
I usually can guess the outcome of most mysteries, this mystery was unraveled so well that I didn't see the conclusion before it was time. Great story telling!
No, this is the first time.
I want more Strike!
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