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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

I'll be honest, had I not found out that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling, I probably never would have read this one. Not that the description isn't interesting, I just have so much on my To-Read lists that it probably wouldn't have even occurred to me.

 

This is the first J.K. Rowling novel I've read since the Harry Potter series, which I, like many, am completely in love with. As far as The Cuckoo's Calling goes, I had very high hopes, maybe too high. The Harry Potter universe was completely new territory, an entirely new world. It's difficult to stand up to the calibre of that kind of creativity.

 

That being said, Rowling is a truly a painter with words. She is known for creating characters that leap off of the page. Every action is thoroughly described for a most complete picture in the mind of the reader. While this is no Harry Potter book, her gift is undeniable.

 

One thing I had trouble with with this book, however, is towards the middle part it seemed like Cormoran Strike had jumped to all these conclusions without the "evidence" actually being fleshed out in the story, or Cormoran's thought process being outlined. It made me feel like I was missing something, like I'd accidently skipped a page or two. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I watch way too many procedural crime television shows in which each step in following the case (and subsequent storyline) is followed. It made me, as the reader, feel a little bit stupid that I wasn't following or that I was missing something. That's just a small qualm I had though. I just felt like I should note it.

 

Bottom line, I enjoyed the book and it's interesting storyline for the most part. Like I said, Rowling is truly a gifted writer.