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Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Number of Pages: 455

My Rating: 1

Summary from GoodReads.com: 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. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Ugh. I wanted to like this one, I really did. But I just couldn’t finish it.

Obviously when anyone who has read Harry Potter heard that J. K. Rowling wrote a new book, they immediately rejoiced and jumped at the chance to once again grasp at that Hogwarts magic. However, one must remember that this is not Harry Potter and therefore will not sound or feel the same.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is about Cormoran Strike, a private investigator who is down on his luck and essentially running completely out of it. He has no money, no place to live after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, and no clients, until the brother of a famous supermodel shows up who is convinced that her suicide was a murder and he wants Strike to prove it. Sounds like a good murder mystery, right?

Maybe I had way too high of expectations for this book. Or perhaps I didn’t give it a chance. But after pushing my way through a third of it and not really feeling any suspense or huge mystery, I had to stop. I was never that intrigued by the storyline and I never felt hooked.

Overall, the cuckoo was calling to somebody, but it definitely wasn’t me.

-Busy Brunette

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