Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Can i be brutal and directly say that The Cuckoo’s Calling has to be the most boring book i had to read. The book seemed to be just going on and on and never seem to be nearing its end. The interwoven stories just keep coming on and on.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Official Synopsis

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant 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.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith RWAT Take

For me the blame for the book being so boring should be shouldered by the robotic narration. The book lacked a bit of zest and thrill that would have made it more exciting. The book had so many characters that came with their share of stories and backgrounds that keeping track of them was a hard job in itself but more than that it seemed to just monotonous. I couldn’t believe that this was a book that was written by the author who had given us the epic harry potter series.

The saddest part is that the plot line had so many layers and thrill to it that a bit more color would have made this an amazing murder mystery. The plot kept thickening and more confusing. For half of the book, practically nothing happens except for long conversations between various characters followed by assumptions and theories. The other half was filled with internal monologues of the two central characters and how they were viewing each of these events that was happening in the book.

The book in actual happens in first few pages and towards the last few and the rest of the book is just plain boring train ride with no particular window views to make it exciting. The pages are filled with information and details but nothing actually sticking to the heart of the readers. At least not for me. I had given up on the book but still managed to stick around, just out of curiosity to find out who was the culprit


The book is long. Utterly monotonous. British slangs and call names making it even more harder to bite. The plot has twists and turns but lack the lustre to make it enjoyable. If you read the first chapter and the last chapter, it is more than enough to grasp what is happening in the book rather than going through the robotic narration which does no particular support to the main story.


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