2 Stars Reviews

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith

Goodreads summary:  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. 

I’m going to start with what I liked: Cormoran Strike. I thought he was fairly interesting without being irritatingly eccentric like typical fictional private detectives are. He was likable and his relationship with Robin was interesting to watch develop. Robin’s lack of development was disappointing but maybe she’s more fleshed out later in the series. I don’t plan on reading them so I guess I won’t know. I found the whole book rather slow. There were a few occasions at the beginning (or maybe I noticed them less as the book went on) where the sentence structure was odd and convoluted, making an already slow book even more arduous to read. There were a few references to things that made the book feel really dated, like repeated mentions of Gordon Brown and having Lady Gaga’s Telephone playing on the radio. Also, I’m not sure why every street Strike walked down needed to be named. I feel like I could draw you a map of London just using all unnecessary topographical information that was in this book. I guessed who the killer was straight off the bat though I admit I didn’t know the how and the why. Overall, it really didn’t excite me and hold my attention. Sorry, JK!

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Read for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt: a book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym.

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