Monday, September 08, 2014
The Cuckoo's Calling (J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith)
When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.
Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's world, the darker things become and the closer he gets to terrible danger...
Quote: "He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met."
My thoughts on this book: The Cuckoo's Calling was actually recommended to me by a friend with the description that it was 'nothing like the Harry Potter books'. Boy, she was right!
It is an o.k. book, I guess, a private eye with a silly name solves a murder mystery, and there is a long exposition at the end of the how and why. The characters are quite well drawn, and the writing is competent, but I felt that the story dragged on for too long. I was a bit sick and tired after a while and could not wait to finish the book.
I know there is a second Cormoran Strike novel out but I will not be reading it.