My fifteenth book of the year was the widely acclaimed The Cuckoo’s Calling which was widely acclaimed before it was leaked that the author was none other than JK Rowling.
Sadly I did not read the rave reviews about the new author Robert Galbraith and read about the book when the news was leaked that it was JK Rowling. I must admit I felt really sorry for JK Rowling she was wanting honest opinion on a book which she did get but then the hype started when the real author was revealed.
So my overall thought when I read The Cuckoo’s Calling was that I wished I had read it thinking it was a new author called Robert Galbraith as JK Rowling intended. Would I have recognised the author? I don’t know to be honest. The key characteristic of a JK Rowling book for me is the way that she nails the characters and brings them to life. In particular I love the way she truly understands society in the UK which she did so well in her book a Casual Vacancy. In the Cuckoo’s Calling the bad, gruesome and some good parts of the cult of celebrity are the key parts of the book. I love even in Harry Potter how she casts an eye on society in the UK and on more than one occasion has made me squirm as I can see even a small part of me in one of the characters. And not one that I am proud of.
As a crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling is superb. A fantastic who did it which I had worked out. I then dismissed only to find at the end that I was right but actually the truth was far sinister than I had though in my brief moment of clarity as I pondered the novel one night on the way to sleep.
I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling. It is well written. Superb characters. I loved the key character Cormoran Strike and his secretary Robin. I want to know more of both of them so look forward to book two. Well done JK Rowling but I still wish the world thought it was a new find in the book world – Robert Galbraith.