The Cuckoo Calling Review...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015



'When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate' 

You know that feeling of walking through snow to get to the perfect sledging hill. Then you get the point where you are so out of breath, overheating and cursing under your breath that by the top you remember why sledging is such hard work but then eventually you get the reward of sledging all the way down. 

This book is a bit like that. 

As an avid J.K Rowling lover it pains me to say it, but this book took so long to get going. Rowling is famous (and fabulous) for her lengthy descriptions and setting the scene narratives, however, for me I feel that the story only really gets going in the last 100 pages. 

As a silent witness obsessive I was waiting for that exhilarating who-done-it plot, but that didn't come until the last minute. 

The book starts with a supermodel being found to have fallen from her London balcony in the dead of night. Leaving Strike to investigate the case for the decease's brother, who is convinced she was not capable of suicide.

 The book's main character, Strike is like able but we spend most of the time following him round London whilst he is distracted by his memories of girlfriends past, war, military and the loss of his leg. Contrasting to this is character of Robin, his newly appointed secretary, she is quick and compliments Stike's brooding persona. However the relationship between them is only brushes upon, I wish the relationship between them had been further used as the story progressed.

Fortunately for me the ending thankfully doesn't disappoint and unlike many climatic endings it does actually work. 

My Rating : 3/5 

Have you read 'The Cuckoo's Calling' or 'The Silkworm'? Please let me know your thoughts as I will probably be reading the second book at some point!