Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling


I recently finished reading the

The Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling

No this is not a co-authored book. Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume used by J.K. Rowling for this book’s publication. The set-up being that “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was a first novel from a newly published author. Fortunately the rouse did not last long because anyone reading this work could tell that it was penned by a experienced and talented writer and Rowling deserves all of the accolades this book is collecting.


Now I have to admit that since the Harry Potter books were never my cup of tea I have never read anything by J. K. Rowling before. All the aforementioned drama about who created this work aside if you love a good murder mystery series then get in on the ground floor of this one. Excellent writing. Excellent story telling. Engaging and fascinating characters that you want to learn more about.


A brief synopsis:

A supermodel is dead. The result of a fall from the balcony of her posh apartment. Her death has been ruled a suicide. But is it? Cormoran Stark a down on his luck PI has been hired by the model’s adopted brother to answer that question. Sounds pretty boilerplate doesn’t it? Well this book is not. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” has everything mystery lovers want in a entertaining read. Plot twists, blind alleys, people who are not at all what they seem. It is all there. Add to that Rowling’s keen observation of human fallibility. There is an underlying theme throughout the book with regards to identity. Who am I really? Where do I come from. What is family? The ones we are born into and the ones we make. These characters are flawed, messy and you love the characters because of this. I also give kudos to Rowling’s description of the rich and famous, at what cost fame is obtained and the prison that if often is. Brilliant.



Five stars.  Anxiously looking forward to more and yes there is a sequel in the works.
A+ for interesting and well fleshed out characters and character development.
A+ for the author’s keen observation of human nature and the attention to details that are found throughout this story.
A+ for plot and pace. This book was a joy to read. The story was plausible and did not insult my intelligence.


I highly recommend your reading this. Enjoy.



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