Book Review: The Cuckoo Calling

rowling_galbraithThe much-awaited anticipation was over when I got hold of this paperback copy from flipkart. Out from one of my favourite author something different, and yet magical with the title.

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING from J.K.Rowling as Robert Galbraith

SUNDAY TIMES says J.K Rowling’s crime debut (pen name as Robert Galbraith) beguilingly shows that she can renounce magic and yet be magical.

I don’t have to mention about the great author and the much appreciated J.K Rowling! Everyone knows her through the Harry Potter series and the magic plotted on the vibrant characters. However, in here, it’s a total setback. I added this to my collection purely due to her name in it.

The opening page is with ten different reviews about the book, ‘it’s excellent’ and some being ‘accomplished piece’ and so on… BUT I’m totally disappointed with the storyline. It’s just a straight line and no twists or turns. Pretty much, you’d get the cliché and its bit dragging here and there. All I liked is the choice of words and that is what I totally admired in her writing.

Cormoran Strike, an ex-military and now a private investigator hired by John Bristow, a lawyer and adopted brother of Lula Landry, a super model send to investigate Lula’s suicide a mystery takeover. Though the point to note is, Strike doesn’t have any experience o solving any crimes and it’s definitely a first time. The Police close the case of the celebrity with a suicide conclusion as she had a troubled childhood background and a chaotic life with the wild crowd of fame. They consider the statement released by the producer’s wife who heard an argument upstairs in her room.

Strike meets Robin, his temporary secretary who’s keen to delve on clues of Lula death mystery and get an answer. Despite the fact, he can barely afford her; she is competent to help him out with the mystery turnover. With panorama from glamour world starting from pricey restaurants to fashion fiesta and paparazzi buzzing in and around her world, this fiction could be a definitely bollywood flick. However, the scenes are flickering with each page displaying the contemporary lifestyle with vivid feeling of London atmosphere bringing us into a peek of streets and city life and what keeps hooked is their engaging roles Robert and Strike.

Rowling is best at characters bringing out their characteristic traits or may be the descriptions neat setting our imaginative minds a toss. What makes it so readable is her writing where she taunts to pull out the thesaurus and renounces magic with exquisite words. Of all the vocabulary words, that she flogs our head guilt of not knowing many such we have to refresh our head to read each line carefully. I fell in love with her writing but I wished it could have done better with the story line. Nevertheless, I’m not here to criticize with the story because she had tried magic with Harry Potter and Casual Vacancy in a political shot. So bringing another genre from her creative rut is absolutely exemplary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Grab a copy of this if you want to fall in love with words.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Cuckoo Calling

  1. I found some gaps in it too. For example, when Strike and Robin go to Vashti, the luxury boutique, Robin pulls a charade by pretending she wants to buy (or get her “brother” Strike to buy) one of those ridiculously expensive pieces of clothing. And all sales assistants in the place hurry to assist her. Yet nobody notices that she and Strike are wearing (must be, they’re both as good as poor) cheap clothes??? Customer of such places usually come to buy filthy expensive while also wearing filthy expensive.
    And I’m not done yet.


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