Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
First published: 2013
Edition: Paperback, TV tie-in edition published by Sphere in 2017
My friend’s choice to read for our ‘Ladies’ Reading Circle’, as she loved the TV show.
I was looking forward to reading this. A crime/mystery was what I needed, I thought, and I started reading this quite happily.
I would say I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book and then it started to drag a bit. First, the good bits. The character building is quite good in the case of Cormoran Strike, less so with Robin, I feel. I did connect with the story and and I did care what happened to the main characters, but…
The story started to drag about a third into the book. At 550 pages, I think it could have been condensed quite a bit and would have made a much better read. The conclusion was not that surprising and there simply did not seem to be enough twists for my taste.
On a minor note, I got a bit annoyed how the author had a tendency to change POV mid-page without a break. Just a blank line would have done the trick. Maybe that is an editing issue more than a writing issue, but it still bugged me for some reason.
Overall, although it is not a bad book, I was a bit disappointed with this book and I doubt I will be buying the sequels any time soon.
4 out of 7 stars
At the moment I am reading three books; still one too many!
I am doing two buddy reads at the moment.
The first one is The Great Hunt, #2 in The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan. That’s a buddy read for the Fantasy Buddy Reads group on Goodreads. It’s a re-read, so it makes it kind of nice and relaxing. Bonus is that I actually do really love this book! Jordan’s writing is a little repetitive sometimes. Everyone is always scowling or ‘tugging her braid’, which makes me roll my eyes sometimes, but apart from that, I am loving reading it again. It is almost 700 pages though…
The second I am buddy reading with a couple of real-life friends (yes, they exist!) and that’s The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (who is actually J K Rowling of Harry Potter fame). We were looking for a book to read together and my friend Mer said she had bought this book as she was enjoying the TV Series and was about to start reading it. Well, what better excuse can there be? I am a couple of chapters in and I kind of like it. I never noticed what a peculiar way of writing J K Rowling has until reading this book. I can’t quite point my finger on what it is, but there is something about her sentence construction or her tone… or something… it’s a little odd.
Finally, I am reading Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography by Herman Selderhuis. It’s a non-fiction book I am reading via my Kindle app courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. I wanted to read it, because theology fascinates me. Religion has no place in my own daily life, but I find it tremendously interesting how it fits into other people’s. Martin Luther is such a big figure in the history of Christianity that I was keen to read it. So far I am finding it easy to read and very interesting.
What are you reading?