The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

CuckooTitle: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith

Publisher:  Hachette Audio/ Mulholland Books

Format: Audiobook/eBook

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: OverDrive

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


This was my first audiobook and I have to say that I very much enjoyed it. This was a great mystery, and I have to say that I did not see the ‘who-dunnit’ coming. I think it was more enjoyable as an audiobook than an eBook. I checked both of them out from the library because I wasn’t sure that I would like the audiobook, so for part of it I switched and read on my Kindle. I did enjoy that because I read much faster than I can listen.  There were so many little details, that reading sometimes became a little dull, but listening it kept my attention. I’m a pretty ADD person so I like to multi-task, and listening to the audiobook gave me that ability (I mowed the whole yard while listening. First time ever that yard work didn’t feel tedious!).

The book itself was very well-written, and I can see why J.K. Rowling chose to use a pseudonym for this book. It is nothing like Harry Potter except in the intricacy of her writing, and the fact that she had thought through every scenario. I liked that it was a slow build, and honestly up until the end there were at least 3 people that I thought it could be. I also enoyed the interaction between Robin and Cormoran Strike, I thought that it was well done to show these two people who in a different life might have been well suited to one another. I also found the lack of sex scenes refreshing. I like romance, but it always puts me off a little to find such descriptive scenes in a mystery/thriller. It ruins the suspense and anticipation for me. Sex is certainly in this book, but never in graphic detail, which I actually appreciated because it let me focus on the mystery. I’ve already got The Silkworm on hold both audiobook and eBook. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars simply because of the tediousness at times in the book.

04half4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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“People liked to talk; there were very few exceptions, the question was how you made them do it. Some were amenable to alcohol; others liked a spotlight; and then there were those who merely needed proximity to another conscious human being. A subsection of humanity would become loquacious only on one favorite subject; it might be their own innocence, or somebody else’s guilt.”
Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling