The Cuckoo's CallingRobert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith Book Summary

Published under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling's brilliant debut mystery introduces Detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates a supermodel's suicide in "one of the best books of the year" (USA Today), the first novel in the brilliant series that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike.    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, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he's living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking 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 (Robert Galbraith) Book Reviews

Fun readThe characters are well developed and the story is fun enough. My primary complaint is how slow the early parts of the book are. However, the design of the characters allows for a believable story arc where a detective is allowed to mingle with the rich and solve a murder..Score: 4/5

Highly recommend this series for murder mysteriesRobert (aka J.K.) knows how to give you all the clues blatantly on the page but keep you guessing at who done it and how they fit together. You’ll be engulfed at the solving of the mysteries in this series while falling in love (or hate) with the characters along the way. For those just starting the series I’ll say the first book starts slow and every book after picks up in mystery, development and gore. The most recent book in the series had me pacing and pondering every chapter while yelling at characters in the book for rookie mistakes. I recommend and gift this series to everyone! 5/5 stars!.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingMesmerizing,I could not put it down! I had the wrong killer!.Score: 5/5

Easy readI didn't read this book straight thru. But I was able to come back to it and still follow. Enjoyed the book..Score: 4/5

Loved it!Engaging and character-driven, this well constructed mystery was almost impossible to put down!.Score: 5/5

Is this a joke?Admittedly, I have only read approximately 3/8ths of this novel, but as life is short and full of surprises, I doubt I will ever finish this painfully dull novel. Initially, there is a mysterious death, which is always hopeful, but after that ...nothing. Oh sure, there is a bit of dreadfully stereotypical character development, a sort of desperate attempt at noir, but in a more depressing, sad way. Not that I felt sad really, but rather that I pitied the character for having been invented. Page after page I expected something in the way if plot development, something, anything to make me actually want to turn the page, but alas, I was never rewarded. No wonder she didn't want to put her real name on this cover!.Score: 1/5

Loved it!Great characters, great plot! Waiting for the next....Score: 5/5

Good storyA little hard to read since it is written with British slang. The story itself was good though..Score: 4/5

Great bookVery easy read! But I loved all the twist & turns the author took! It had me guessing who the killer was up until the very end! Loved it! Can't wait to read the next book!.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingWonderfully written detective story. Cannot wait to read Silkworm. Loved the relationship between Strike and Robin. Hope this is just a start of a series. This was a page turner and a book I could not put down..Score: 4/5

Bloated in partsSome parts seem very strung out and full of unnecessary detail once you get to the conclusion. But some fun characterization and interactions..Score: 3/5

Very slow to developI liked the overall idea, story line, but it dragged sometimes with very little action or story development. I found it easy to put the book down and forget about it for a while. I will not try her 2nd book, not for quite some time..Score: 3/5

I’ve read worse, I’ve read betterThe first book of the series is not as great as I expected. The crime itself is not that complicated and the story is little slow moving. I will recommend it only if you are a big fan of J.K, otherwise I think there are other better detective novels out there..Score: 3/5

Awesome!Couldn't put it down- want more!.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingAn enjoyable page turner with interesting characters. She has the magic..Score: 4/5

Great readKept interest from first page onward. Looking forward to the next book..Score: 4/5

Good writing, weak premiseAt the end of this read I was disappointed with the premise of the entire story…. Made no sense to me… But the personalities of the two main characters, Strike and Robin, are interesting at least..Score: 2/5

Excellent!Very well written both in literary and mystery terms. The characters are clearly defined with developing relationships..Score: 5/5

Loved this bookCouldnt put it down! Looking forward to the silkworm!.Score: 5/5

EngagingThis book started out slow but once it picked up the pace a quarter of the way through, I was hooked. It was well written and I appreciated how all the characters were well developed..Score: 4/5

Great whodunit that keeps you guessing.Great character, Strike is up there with Alex Cross, although much more rough around the edges. Looking forward to reading the next in the series..Score: 4/5

OutstandingMy new favorite series. I’m totally obsessed and gift this book to all friends new to Robert Galbraith. You cannot put it down once you start. It’s so incredibly well written and fascinating to read. Cormoran Strike is a brilliant character..Score: 5/5

AMAZINGThe build up can seem tedious, but be a man/woman and stick with it! It's well worth it when everything starts to come together. I was trying to solve the mystery as I was reading. JK Rowling is the best author of our age..Score: 5/5

Excellent!!I had a difficult time putting it down. Could not wait to have some time to start reading. I am so glad there is a second book..Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingThis book is excellent! I am so glad to see that there is a second book waiting. Rowling is just an amazing writer!.Score: 5/5

Page turnerLoved the writing and character development. Kept me reading and turning the pages. Looking forward to more.Score: 5/5

Great readGreat story to start the series with. Strike is one awesome character to root for..Score: 4/5

Satisfying ReadI thoroughly enjoyed this book, the writing is succinct, yet descriptive; just enough detail to allow the reader to use their own imagination. Highly recommend.Score: 5/5

Best book I've read in a long time!Just pre-ordered Silkworm... Can't wait to see what is next for these characters!!.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoos’s CallingGreat read. Couldn’t put it down. Great characters!.Score: 5/5

Ugh! Make it STOP!I love Rowling just like everyone else but this book is killing me. I am struggling getting through it and it pains me to say so. It just goes on and on and on with nothing happening and it's just simply dull!.Score: 1/5

OkOk story.Score: 3/5

Slow readGlad I read this book but it was long and drawn out. I was ready for it to end..Score: 3/5

Excellent ReadPage turner! Very fun and easy read!.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingI found this an enthralling, exciting thriller, which any fan of the genre would enjoy. Written in a British prose, I loved how the author brought to life the variety of extravagant characters that moved the story to its surprising conclusion. I'm excited to read the next installment in the series..Score: 4/5

The Cuckoo's CallingLoved this book, thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Can't wait for the next mystery..Score: 5/5

Slow movingI had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it was so slow moving that I couldn’t even finish it.Score: 2/5

Must read.This book is absolutely phenomenal. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and you won’t be able to put it down..Score: 5/5

Wow - wasn’t prepared to like as much as I didWas a little put-off by it being written by JK Rowling but this was SO well written, and the plot and characters outstanding. I’m going to continue with the series!.Score: 4/5

The Cuckoo is CallingI thought the book took too long to get into. Very slow..Score: 3/5

Excellent sleuthingA very well written sleuthing story. Rich prose makes this a very enjoyable read. The story slowly winds up leading us to the eventual exciting last chapters as the killer is revealed. The journey to that point was quite enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Took a long time to readThe book is kind of boring, sometimes the dialogs dread on forever. At the end it was ‚as expected‘..Score: 3/5

The Cuckoo's CallingInteresting story and good mix of sympathetic, unsympathetic and villainous characters. Ends with a twist that was unexpected but that was set up properly during the development of the tale. The book drags in the middle and would have benefited from editing to keep it moving along. Still, I enjoyed the story and continue to think about the plot and characters..Score: 4/5

Thoroughly enjoyableI really enjoyed this book. It's not at all like the Harry Potter series, nothing magical. Just a down to earth mystery novel with great characters and an engaging plot. The only downside for me was the amount of f-bombs. But I understand that's an attribute of some people so I got over it..Score: 4/5

ExcellentThis is a captivating story - Rowling does a great job with this murder mystery, plenty of twists and turns..Score: 5/5

UmThis just showed up when I searched JK Rowling 😂😂😂.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoos CallingIt is a good thing I was home sick for a few day because I could not put this book down. at.Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingThe plot and climax of this book was astounding! How everything unraveled and came to light was pure art! The only reason why I wouldn't give it 5 stars was because it took awhile to get to the point every few pages. Overall, it was a good read!.Score: 4/5

Harry who?I like mysteries more than I like Harry Potter. (Though Harry is just fine), but this book stands tall on its own merits -- exceptional characters, fine plot, good sense of humor, cracking resolution. How one author can excel at two genres... It may not feel fair to other authors, but readers are in luck..Score: 5/5

Fantastic!I loved this book and was so happy to hear there was a second. Hope there are more!.Score: 4/5

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The Cuckoo CallingI greatly anticipated reading this book because of my respect for J.K Rowlings. However, I was disappointed! Although the writing is well done, the pace was slow and the development of the plot tedious. The Causal Vacancy started out slowly as well but I found it to be much more entertaining. Because of that, I persevered with The Cuckoo's Calling. It was not worth the $15 that I paid for the electronic copy through iBook..Score: 3/5

The Cuckoo'S CallingPace slow to start but hang in and you will be carried away by the story of deception that reveals determination a few white lies and redemption unexpected. A Great Read!.Score: 5/5

A cuckoos callingThis book is a page turner that hold your attention once you get into it so make sure you get past the first 100 pages. The plot is intriguing and not always easy to follow. The characters are well developed and feel real. J K Rowling's style does reveal itself and at times you feel you are back in Privet Drive but with expletives! I can recommend this book wholeheartedly . Enjoy!.Score: 4/5

Amazing readI read the book repetitively, and the ending was sensational! It was tough to put it down, and glad I purchased it..Score: 5/5

The cuckoos callingOk jk rowling, after reading the first 50 pages i was wondering if maybe the publishers that turned the book down might not have been right and i was out 12 bucks. I pressed on and was rewarded with a great read. Now i feel i did not pay you enough, I have to admit, first book purchased on my ipad. And apparently I am not as smart as i like to think. What bugged me at first was the language used, quite often the main characters thoughts used words like "vituperative". Really, vituperative, what the heck is that. The language was discommodius (yeah two can play at that game rowling) at times. Until in a fit i pressed on the word muttering expletives and define popped up on my screen ( around page 50). Darn technology making my old man whining superfluous. Well after that minor complaint i was now able to read without searching for a dictionary every 10 minutes. Loved the characters. Loved the plot. Loved the twists. Super read. I am huge fan of harry potter, but this new effort was a home run. Quite different from a potter read, but highly satisfying. In a quick phrase, a highly entertaining murder mystery. Only one question, is Robin going to dump the beancounter and find her true soul mate, Strike. No accidental Eros for Strike, he is the real deal. Steve.Score: 5/5

The cuckoo's callingIt was a great read. I was sad when I read the last of it as I realized that as much as I wanted to hurry to pick it up and continue reading it, it would quickly end my great pleasure of coming home with anticipation to see what was going to happen next!!!.Score: 5/5

Great read!I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and am looking forward to this becoming an entertaining crime series. Fun & charming, definitely a great read..Score: 5/5

All hype with J.K. Rowling revealed as the authorThe book was alright, but I believe the stellar reviews it is receiving to be misleading. When the book originally launched under her pseudonym, the work didn't exactly soar to success. Still, I got caught in the hype and read the book. It was a decent story that improved as I read on, but this was by no means a page-turner. I wish I had supported a newer author with my money - interesting experiment, releasing the book under a different name..Score: 3/5

Great read!!Couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

The Cuckoo's CallingAn interesting plot line that doesn't turn into a page turner until the last third of the book. I found that there were too many descriptive passages, especially of the names and places in London. I have spent time in London and that wasn't much help sorting through the constant references to road names. The characters were all unbelievably flawed and the over use of the f-word was getting annoying. I assume the book was overly long because of the many descriptions and naughty words that seemed to be used as fillers. Overall, I was disappointed..Score: 3/5

A Must Read SeriesFabulous writing, great character development and a solid start to a new series..Score: 5/5

Absolutely brilliant!This is a great detective story of old, but updated and taking place in the very real world of the twenty first century. A truly unique and captivating character in Cormoran Strike, and the crackling dynamic with his assistant Robin, who is as real as the feel of the whole story. Well worth the time that you'll spend glued to this story right to the end. You'll think you have it figured out - but you'll be surprised by the end in more than one way!.Score: 5/5

Loved the bookIt was a great read....kept your interest all thru... Loved the detail and the people in the story were So well done.....thanks......Score: 5/5

Great book!This is a book that's hard to put down! It is so well written, with not an overpowering amount of details, but enough to really feel like you know the characters and the setting! So well thought out ☺️.Score: 5/5

Worthy!Not that it should matter what anyone says about what Rowling should or shouldn't be writing, but this is, I believe, a worthy follow-up to the HP franchise. She lets her natural ability to make the world whimsical, even the bleak streets and dark corners of a murder mystery, flourish in all it's captivating power. Great job, Jo!.Score: 5/5

Kept in suspenseI thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, the prose, the gliding English. When is the next one?.Score: 4/5

The Cuckoos CallingNice build of evidence and characters. Let many things go so I could read. Good sign for the book!.Score: 4/5

The cuckoo callingGreat book, very hard to put down, extremely enjoyable, kept you guessing right to the end.Score: 5/5

Loved itCould not put it down. Can't wait for the next cormoran strike story!.Score: 5/5

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