Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
There are so many crime novels on the market these days, it’s hard to know which the good ones are and which are just average, and looking at the cover and book blurb sometimes doesn’t help in knowing. I can assure you that despite the odd title and cover design, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a real gem. This is debut novel that is a page-turning read that I couldn’t put down, partly because of the whodunit nature of the central case, but more so because of the wonderful chemistry between the two main characters.
Robin is twenty-five, newly engaged and very attractive, and she can’t believe her luck when her temping job for the week is working for a Private Detective. She has always harboured a childhood ambition to solve crimes. But Strike is unlike anyone she has met before. He’s a big bear of a man, a war veteran with a prosthetic leg, and he’s just split up with his long-term, on-and-off again girlfriend – this time for good. To say his life is in disarray is a complete understatement. He’s also got a huge loan he needs to pay off soon and has been reduced to sleeping in his office. So when he is asked to look into the case of a famous model’s death – one that everyone believes is suicide – and he’s earning double rates from her bereft brother, it seems like a financial lifeline – but the more he investigates the case the more dangerous things become. Robin’s job gets extended and before long she is stepping out from behind the desk to help more actively on the case.
This is a gripping mystery, and the twists and turns in pursuing the leads are elegantly done. But it is the tension and growing professional relationship between Robin and Strike that takes the book to another level. I do hope we get to see Strike and his resourceful sidekick again. They are intriguing, well-written characters with plenty more to offer readers.
NOTE: Since writing this review the world has discovered that this book was written by J.K. Rowling. It shows what a versatile writer she is!