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A Cukoo's Calling | Book review

I know that I didn't review a book in August or September, apologies, but I have a right treat for you this month! 
 

 


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
 
By Robert Galbraith
 
 
Synopsis;
 
The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J K Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
 
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
 
A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...
 
 
My Thoughts;
 
I really enjoyed this book. I took it away with me on holiday and I was gripped by the first page. It is written in the third person but each chapter is from the point of view of either Strike or Robin, a reception temp who becomes Strike's secretary while she is looking for full time work. I thought it was great, the way that this novel jumped straight into the plot, starting things off with the raw story line. I love books that do this, and then work their way backwards, really keeping you griped as you find out character's backgrounds and the steps that they've taken to get to the point at which the story begins.
 
It was a story line full of twists and turns that got me actually ooooing and ahhhing out loud. It was very cleverly written but without being overly complex, making it a great holiday read. I was recommended this by a friend and was initially put off, mainly because it was the writer of Harry Potter writing a crime novel. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have read the books a thousand times over. I just wasn't sure how I felt about her doing a detective-style book. After jut the first chapter however, I was massively proven wrong and I would recommend this book  regardless of genre favouritism.
 
It was also really nice to read a book that relates to you. They're aren't many novels, that I have read anyway, that are based in England, somewhere I have actually been to. It is predominantly based in Central London and has many references to bars, street names and landmarks that are familiar to any London-goer, which added a really nice element to the story line.
 
Overall, I thought that this was a great read and would strongly recommend that you give it a try. I know I haven't delved too much into the story line itself but that is simply because there are that many elements to it, I would give too much a away that would spoil it, if you wee to actually read it.
 
 
Have you read A Cuckoo's Calling? Do you have any book recommendations?
 
Maddy
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