I would just like to start by saying that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym that J.K Rowling uses. Joanne is Robert! I remember when this was first discovered (and it didn’t take long to find out) that it had something to do with her not wanting people to be biased because she’d just written Harry Potter and I think that she also wanted to be able to write a little more anonymously.
Any ways, I have been meaning to read The Cuckoo’s Calling for quite a while. I bumped it to the top of my reading list when I noticed that the third book by Robert Galbraith, The Career of Evil, is coming out on October 20 (today, yay!).
The Cuckoo’s Calling turned out to be super interesting and engaging once I got into it.
Cormoran Strike is a private detective, a career he turned too after working for the British military career where he was responsible for investigating military issues that came up. He is approached by the brother (John Bristow) of a deceased classmate of his (Charlie). Charlie had died in an accident as a child.
John Bristow wanted Cormoran to investigate the recent death of his younger adopted sister, Lula Landry, who was a famous supermodel. Lula’s death had been ruled as a suicide, but John believed it was really a murder and wanted Cormoran to investigate it and find out the truth.
As the invetigation carries on, you begin learning about how everyone seems to have a motive and lies begin to be uncovered and readers get closer and closer to the truth. I won’t tell you who did what, but it is certainly an interesting end to the book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was so hard to put down. I loved Cormoran and Robin, his temporary secretary who ended up staying on permanently by the end of the book. I found both of them really interesting and well-written characters.
I am very much looking forward to reading The Silkworm and A Career of Evil, where Cormoran and Robin will return to for more private investigation business.