Monday, 9 March 2015

♥ The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith || Review ♥

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, thelegendary 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.

I have started this book several times, left it - ive tried kindle, audiobook but finally when i spotted it on BOGOHP with book two, i took the leap and this time i finished it! That is no sign about the book, i just dont think those formats were for me with this book. 

As we all know, The Cuckoos Calling is Robert Galbraith debut novel (J.K Rowling) and the writing is wonderful, it was captivating, gripping and full of mystery, everything you want and need from a detective novel .

We are introduced to Cormoran Strike  a private investigator majorly lacking in work, so when he is approached by the well off - and brother to famous celebrity, John Bristow to investigate Lula's death because he wasnt convinced it was suicide. Strike is thrown into a world full of secrets, lies and glamour. Along comes his new receptionist and the pair settle into a compatible team, with Robin desperate to fulfil her life long dream of been a detective so what a great place to be sent by her agency.

What started off as a fairly simple investigation, soon takes a complicated turn with surprises at every turn.  The Characters we meet along the way are well fleshed out and more than just a mere fleeting mention, everyone has a role to play, and everyone is a suspect. Strike is likeable in a rougish way, hes gruff, and rough round the edges.

Robin is inquisative and sharp, she uses her ideas to help with the invesigation, shes a step beyond recpetionsit and desperate to contiune working for stike once her contract is up. The pair make an unlikely team which is why they work so well. I was hooked on the pair from the get go, and found their unlikely friendship heartwarming. 

This was a fantastic debut and kept me hooked, i wanted to spend all my spare time reading and was gripped until the end, full of twists and turn and very little given away all the way through it was one for the crime fans amongst us, if you are looking for a new detective to get to know - strike is the one.


Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents first met on a train departing from King's Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on 14 March 1965. Her mother's maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Her mother's paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during the First World War.

Rowling's sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael's Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael's, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: "I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee." At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said "taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind," gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford's autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling's heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.

Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, "I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life." She had a difficult homelife; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (she is no longer on speaking terms with him). She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department. Rowling said of her adolescence, "Hermione [a bookish, know-it-all Harry Potter character] is loosely based on me. She's a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I'm not particularly proud of." Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as "not exceptional" but "one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English." Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

1 comment:

  1. Really loved this too, I think the dynamic between Strike and Robin is brilliant. Rowling writes characters so well!