Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
Author: Robert Galbraith
Published: Mulholland Books / Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Fiction, Crime Mystery
How I got the book: Purchased with own money
Price: $11.99 on Kindle
Cormoran Srike is facing one of the worst times of his life. His long time girlfriend has left him for another man, he’s forced to live in his office, and he’s under large amounts of debt. It all looks to be going from bad to worse, that is, until John Bristow shows up in his office. Cormoran is intrigued after what seems to be a real case rolls right up to his front door in the form of a tall older man by the name of John. It turns out, John is the adoptive brother of one of the most famous supermodels in the country. Lula Landry. A supermodel that months before this encounter falls to her death from her luxurious suite.
But John Bristow isn’t convinced of it being a suicide. So he employs Strike to investigate what really happened to his sister.
Did she commit suicide or was she murdered?
What can I say? This was one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time!
The story doesn’t take too long to get going, which was great. Usually there’s a third of the book to read before things start to pick up. At least in my experience.
So what were the characters like? Well, the two main characters: Robin, a young woman in need of work and Cormoran, her new employer.
One of my favorite things about Robin was her relationship with her boyfriend; the way he sends to discredit her accomplishments was telling as to where their relationship may lead in future books. Robin has qualities that Cormoran Strike finds important in his line of work (he’s a defective/private investigator) which makes her a great fit. I really liked the real life aspect of her character. She seemed really down to earth.
Robin doesn’t complain or whine much, which was a relief, as she didn’t come across as annoying in the story.
The way the story is written is with a lot of dialogue. If you are not a fan of dialogue then you’ll probably find this story hard to read. But if you don’t mind internal as well as external dialogue then you should be fine.
I read some other reviews from this story, and a few people complained that the story didn’t have much in the way of action, which is kind of true, but you do get an action moment in a later scene.
Cormoran was really likable. His plight towards a stable life was really something to read. It took a few times for me to really grasp the magnitude of what he was going through. As well as in debt, recently separated from his long time girlfriend, and hurt from fighting in war, his buisness is close to failing. Really scary stuff for someone who knows what it’s like to feel helpless to life’s many curballs.
There are many suspects in this case and many of them are reliable witnesses. But it’s Cormoran’s ability to piece all pieces of the puzzle together that allows him to figure out what really happened to Lula Landry.
Out of five stars this one gets a four and a half stars. If you’re interested in reading a crime mystery novel with a twist this one’s a really good one to pick up.
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, thelegendary 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.