The Cuckoo’s Calling is another book that’s been on my tbr for a really long time, but I’m not big on the genre so kept on passing it up. It’s also written by J.K. Rowling (who goes under a pen name here) and I was a bit nervous about reading something written by her that isn’t Harry Potter. But when I hit on the booklikesopoly square that told me to read a thriller or adventure, I decided to change that and give this a try. I needn’t have been worried that I wouldn’t like it because I ended up loving it and plan to read the rest of the series just as soon as I’m ready for it.
The book follows Cormoron Strike, ex-military turned private eye who’s very much down on his luck. When we meet him he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, doesn’t have a place to call home and is up to his eyes in debt.
A temp from a recruitment agency he’s been using, Robin, turns up and before he can ask her to leave (because he can’t afford her), she helps him out with the case he’s taken on and they strike up a relationship that’s the cornerstone of the novel.
Even though I found the plot a little convoluted at times, I loved the characters. What I especially loved was their interactions. For example, the relationship between Cormoran and Robin was so authentic, underscored perfectly by the excellent dialogue they exchanged with one another. I felt I really got to know Cormoran, especially his prosthetic limb!
All of this is not to say I didn’t have problems with the novel. To me the ending verged on theridiculous and spoiled some of my enjoyment. I did (for a fleeting moment earlier in the novel) consider that the person who turned out to be the killer was the killer, but I quickly discarded it because it seemed so ludicrous. But then it actually was this person! The characters made up for it, though, and I can’t wait to read more.