Book Club: A Cuckoo's Calling

I was actually planning to have a book review on Go Set a Watchman up but as I had finished this book a while back and this review was sitting in my “Future Post” list collecting cyber dust, I figured I should have this up first. I’ve had quite a bit of time to think about what I thought about A Cuckoo’s Calling and I want to get my feelings about this out there before I even begin to tell you all what I thought of Go Set a Watchman.


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A Cuckoo's Calling

Shoes: Zara (not available online, but similar here and another by Zara here), Phone Case: Kate Spade (super cute here)

I want to get it out there that I absolutely adore J.K. Rowling and I grew up with the Harry Potter series. She has this wonderfully whimsical way of writing that really captures the imagination. Reading her books almost feels like listening to someone speaking in a Jane Austen novel, if that makes sense. I mention J.K. Rowling because Robert Galbraith, the author of A Cuckoo’s Calling is the pen name of Rowling. The minute I found that out, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy and read the crap out of it, and read the crap out of it I did! 
The novel centers on a private detective, Cormoran Strike, who is down on his luck (very stereotypical, I suppose). His fiancee has just left him, business is slow, and he is living in his office when a temp worker comes knocking on his door. To make things more interesting, he is hired by a John Bristow to investigate the apparent suicide of his sister, model Lula Landry. 
I think the thing that really struck me about the book was that the way Rowling writes for adults is incredibly different from the way she writes for children. The pacing is a bit slower (which is noticeable considering this is a crime/mystery novel). What it lacks in stride, it more than makes up for in interesting characters and character development. All of the characters Cormoran interacts with is a delight to read because they’re all so different and interesting. Rowling’s strength is definitely in dialogue writing because all of the characters have a bit of an old-fashioned way of speaking that makes it so much fun to read. Every suspect certainly fits an archetype that can be found in many a detective novel or crime movie but I think the thing that really grabbed my attention was how much we learned about the victim, Lula Landry. She died in the first few pages of the book her presence was very much felt throughout the entirety of the novel. The more I learned about Lula, I found myself forming my own opinions about her - if she were a real person, would I want to be her friend? Is this a celebrity I would find myself admiring? I think when I start to think of characters as what they would be like in the real world is when I realize this is great writing and even better characterization. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good mystery. It’s an excellent beach book and a definite must-read for any J.K. Rowling fan. 

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5 comments

  1. Sounds like really good book :)

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  2. I love JK Rowling, but... THOSE SHOES! Those beauties are positively gorgeous!


    XxMO

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  3. Looove those shoes! Such a good review, its been a while since I read this book, but I did like it-- I found it slow in parts, but I want to read the next one. I had started the audio version a few months ago and couldn't get into it, but I'd love to pick it up in print!

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  4. Looks so cool. Love also the shoes :3

    Ana ♥
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