Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

BACK COVER COPY:   When a troubled supermodel falls to her death from the balcony of her London home, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.  Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s world, the darker things get and the closer he comes to terrible danger.

As most readers know, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.  I hadn’t read any of Mr. Galbraith’s novels before now, and was cautious when I picked this up.   

Actually, “cautious” is the wrong word…..I was a huge mess of nerves: 

Would I like it as much as Harry Potter? 

If I didn’t like it, could I write a review that Ms. Rowling might someday see and then hate me forever for not liking her book?? 

My panic was quickly squelched by the time I finished the prologue.  I was absolutely hooked.   The characters were well thought out and the plot so expertly crafted that I incorrectly guessed the murderer, and I love it when that happens! 

I absolutely love the relationship between the main character, hardened veteran detective Cormoran Strike, and his temporary assistant Robin Ellacott.  They play off each other so well and their characters are so deep that you honestly want them to be real people.  

This book is a must-read for mystery readers.  I absolutely loved it! 

(Also, Ms. Rowling, if you are reading this – I love your books!) 


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