Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Hey Nerds,

So this is the second book review I’ll post here on my blog so… I’m still trying to have a grip on making reviews (obviously, I dont do well in reviewing books! 😂 Just sharing my thoughts I guess)



The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

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, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing 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.

-from Goodreads

My ratings: 3/5 ⭐️

First of all, this book is really SLOW for my liking. I am just a type of reader that wants to be engaged in a story after 5 pages. I don’t know, but I’ve read crime novels and I’m a huge fan of crime novels and I love action and suspense and thrill, but it feels like this book didn’ t give to me.

The story’s phasing is so slow that I had to read another book in between. I mean, yes I kinda like the character of Cormoran Strike, how messed up he was, how analytical and clever he was. But I don’t think I’m a fan of side stories to his private life and his showers in ULU and Pot Noodles in the office, and less investigation and action. (I mean, I just binge-watched Narcos, for Pete’s sake! My mind is full of action! 😂😂 Lol )

But there’s Robin , she put the sunshine in the story. It felt like her character is similar to what I’m feeling while reading the endless interviews of Strike from the different witnesses, she wants to be in action too. Also, I like her because she’s smart and how her character complements with Cormoran’s. And how she tried so hard to defend Strike from her fiance’s judgments. She’s so nice and efficient secretary for Strike. I love how she gets excited for the informations she gathered for the case and how she pretends to be someone else to get them. She can definitely pass as undercover agent! 😂 😊

There were times when I’m reading the same story from different people Strike had interviewed just made me impatient and just I wanted to get over this book already.

But I don’t totally dislike this book. The clues and informations suddenly fit in together. All made sense when I’m 20% away from the last page of the book. I think it kinda have it’s redemption from that point. Like how nice the puzzle and the case story turned out. I gotta give that to Rowling. Well, despite how slow the story turned out for me, I still think it is good. Maybe it just didn’t come up to my expectation, knowing this is Rowling. But I’ll still give this a second chance, so I’m hoping Silkworm will be good then maybe I’ll come to love this series. 😊


Signing off,

Barberry Luz Castillo

Impatient Reader



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