The Cuckoo’s Calling
(pseudonym for J. K Rowling)
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. 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.
So, yes, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I felt that J.K. Rowling’s writing throughout the series was brilliant. When she wrote The Casual Vacancy under a pseudonym, I wanted to like it. I tried to read it… I just could not get very far. There are very few books I don’t finish, and that was one of them. The language was terrible and the content vile (in my opinion).
This one was at least interesting enough to reel me in. I liked the characters, and I felt the “whodunit” was well written. However, as with the first “adult” book by this author, I just have a hard time getting past the cursing. It wasn’t just a little cursing… it was like the f-bomb sprinkled page after page after page. I understand that while I wouldn’t do it, sometimes, writing cursing into a novel fits the moment or a certain character. But to just have SO much of it I feel is uncalled for and takes away from the story. It made it hard for me to enjoy, even though I liked the plot & storyline. So overall, a bit disappointing.
Would I recommend this to fellow booklovers? Eh. Probably not.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Most certainly not.
3 of 5 stars.