The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I was doing work experience at Little Brown publishers a couple of weeks after news broke that Robert Galbraith was actually J K Rowling. I remember wanting to get my hands on a copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling however it wasn’t meant to be. Fast forward a few years later and I’ve finally read it.

I watched the tv adaption and really enjoyed it, however missed the last episode and never found out what happened so when reading the book there was still an element of mystery left!

What struck me about the book is the level of detail it goes into. There are other threads in the novel however the main focus is finding out who murdered model and socialite Luna Landry. Each suspect and connection to Luna is meticulously questioned.

Cormorant Strike has bills mounting up in his detective agency and is sleeping in the office, however decides to take on temp Robin to help him with his administrative work. When Luna’s brother asks Strike to investigate his sister’s murder, the detective jumps at the chance and Robin relishes the opportunity to find out what has happened to the celebrity.

Throughout the book I found there was no leaning towards one character playing a part in Luna’s death and when it was revealed at the end I was quiet shocked. I loved the difference between the dark and depressing world Strike lives in and the glamourous life Luna and her pals led.

I did enjoy the book and read it in lots of small sections rather than having a good amount of time to read a hundred of pages in one sitting. However on reflection because it is so in depth it’s not something you can read a lot of in one go.


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