Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike, #1) - Book Review

5/5 Stars

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 550
Chapters: 44 (Plus a prologue and an epilogue.)
Publisher: Sphere

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


Upon finishing J.K. Rowling's debut crime thriller, I am beyond happy to realise there will be another entry to this series. Rowling shows how much of a talented author she is, but not only that, she also shows what a magnificent storyteller she is, regardless of genre.
The Cuckoo's Calling, part one in the Cormoran Strike series, is a fantastic start to this thrilling crime collection. From the plot, to the characters and the writing, all, in my own opinion, create a masterpiece.
The story is awesome, it grabs hold of you and pulls you seductively into its world. Filled with secrets and agendas, we are hooked onto a crime solving duo that are fantastically written and so pleasing to read about. The bare bones of the plot, without any spoilers, are that we are taken on a journey with private detective Cormoran Strike and his new employee Robin on the chase to uncover the events surrounding a famous model's apparent suicide. One thing I can say is that you will not be disappointed. Rowling creates this crime thriller like a pro, and you soon forget this is a debut in this genre.
Another thing I like to see is that the characters compliment the story, they are so well-written and fleshed out, and the author paints the perfect picture of suspicion. Without feeling forced, we come to suspect everyone, each character with a different personality and charisma that makes the novel that much more pleasurable to read. Although it seems every single character has an insane addiction to smoking.
To top that is the writing, but this is where it is pure taste that drives the reader. I've seen a lot of reviews where the only thing holding them back is the writing. For me, I personally love it, it's extremely descriptive and it sets the world up with a very vivid image. But there's also the flip side of that, some people don't like that much description, and it really does hold them back from a riveting story.

All in all, though, I definitely think you should give this a read, because afterwards you'll be choking for the sequel.

Next Instalment: The Silkworm

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