I just really love a mildly thrilling tale. The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling was just that for me. After coming down from the whirlwind and irritation of Gone Girl, I needed something a little more relaxed and The Cuckoo's Calling was the perfect choice. The Cuckoo's Calling was originally released under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith and while released with few sales, the book still received good reviews. However, just months after the release, the press discovered that it was actually Rowling who wrote the book and it immediately rose to the top of the best seller list. I have to admit, I probably would have never discovered and read the book had I not known who the author was.
The Cuckoo's Calling is about a private investigator, Cormoran Strike, and his assistant Robin, investigating the apparent suicide of one of London's most prominent models, Lula Landry. They have been hired by her adoptive brother John Bristow to investigate and once they begin peeling back the layers of his family history they discover some interesting details. Lula Landry was a happy girl, despite some of her mental illness issues. But seeing as the police determined it as a suicide, everyone put the case to rest. Except for John. He believed that someone murdered Lula and he became certain that the two figures captured on CCTV running from nearby her house just minutes after she fell from her balcony were the killers. [Side note: CCTV is a closed circuit TV system used all over England].
Rowling's character of Cormoran Strike is just one of those characters who you want to win. He's been through way too many troubles as a child, served in the military and sustained injuries, and has just broke up with his long term girlfriend, Charlotte. He's behind on his bills, and although he believes the Lula Landry case is a suicide, he needs the money and takes the case. He begins to unravel a mystery that quite frankly leads him back right to where it started. With Robin as his eager assistant, they are able to gain the knowledge and evidence to tell John Bristow whether it was a murder or a suicide.
While the book is laid out at a leisurely pace, it allows you to really develop a sense of each character. When reading it, it is very reminiscent of the writing style of Harry Potter. Rowling is great at giving her characters life. I also love little details that authors throw in and in this particular book, each part begins with a quote from an ancient philosopher, which really gets your mind thinking differently. I also adored all of the London details....what a perfect book to read while living in England! I was thrilled to hear the announcement last week that Rowling is continuing the story of Cormoran and Robin with a sequel. I think Cormoran may be the new Harry :)
The Cuckoo's Calling....travel read approved!!
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