Sunday, 4 August 2013

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a great new crime novel—well-written and interesting with a fantastic storyline that hooks you straight away.

The story centres around private investigator Cormoran Strike, a one legged war veteran with a broken life. He is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of troubled supermodel Lula Landry (known by friends as ‘The Cuckoo’) along with his new assistant Robin. The deeper he delves, the closer he finds himself to danger in an unfamiliar world filled with multi-millionaire supermodels, rock-stars, and fashion designers.

It’s a shame that this won’t be received as an unknown author’s debut novel. Instead it has been lapped up by avid J.K. Rowling fans, eager to gush about its brilliance to anyone who will listen.
In all fairness, it is a good book, but I worry that the author’s high profile and celebrity status is overshadowing the book’s own merits. When the true identity of ‘Robert Galbraith’ was revealed, the book shot up to the number one spot on Amazon, and became the new ‘must-read’ book of the summer.

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1 comment:

  1. An explosive debut for "Robert Galbraith" !

    The gist of the novel is that a Private Investigator has been hired by the victim's brother to find out whether the supermodel committed suicide when by all accounts she was hale and happy or was it murder. It displays the sordidness of London and the paparazzi culture in agonizing detail and mercifully limits the royal references to 4.

    As it proceeds, Rowling demonstrates her ability to present her characters with shifting shades rather tastefully. The detailed scene setting - be it the extraordinary detail of the pain of caused by the prosthetic and its removal or of a man living out of his kitbag for instance - proves to be at once her friend and foe. Readers accustomed to Forsyth's meticulously delicious plot setting and the glorification of detective work meet their doom in Cormoron Strike - who despite his dogged detective work, astute questioning and bluffing skills, comes across as resolutely 'regular'. In evoking the sense of danger and darkness through those details however, she succeeds superbly.

    As an added exercise, a reader (especially the e-book ones for its easier to do this electronically) could count the no. of times the F word occurs in the book along with a few other choicest swear words than the Brits frequently employ - and perhaps how many times within a single sentence. ;)