Robert Galbraith or JK Rowling?

Book Fifteen

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.




About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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