Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Crime
5th sentence, 74th page: It’s “D.B.” really,’ she enunciated clearly.
When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, 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 become and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
This was kind of a slow start. Not in a bad way, but in a way that allowed me to put this story down and pick it back up again at my leisure. It wasn’t something that I had to read. But it was something that I couldn’t stop reading. It wasn’t until Part Four that I found it began to get really difficult to stop absorbing. Which worked perfectly, because this is the climax of the story and you want it to really grip you.
I loved Cormoran Strike as a lead. He wasn’t pretty. He wasn’t balanced. But he also wasn’t ridiculously and comedically off balance. He is a man with a past and personal issues, like we all are. But he has a job that he enjoys and works with. The fact that this is a private detective in contemporary England dealing with issues that everyone has to face at some point or another makes him much more relatable than many of the other protagonists of stories that I have read lately.
From the beginning, I knew that Lula’s death wasn’t going to be a suicide, but a homicide. I mean, why have a crime novel that would just end in suicide? Although, as the story began to unfold, I wasn’t entirely sure of myself. And I really couldn’t figure out who could have possibly killed the model. It honestly wasn’t until the final, big reveal that I finally understood who had orchestrated the entire affair. And it did shock me. Not that drop out the bottom of my stomach shock, but a huh. I did NOT see that coming kind of shock.
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