Friday, 6 February 2015

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Hello Readers, I am really happy to be here again after a month and so obviously this makes it the first post of 2015.  With so many odd things happening around in office it became difficult to shift my focus, but no wonder I am here with the review of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. This book was a Christmas gift to me from my husband.

I read on the NPR blog that- “The only surprise in Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ is the Author”, how perfectly true is that. By now we know it has been penned down by J.K Rowling as a pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Being a suspense mystery thriller there are a lot of things a reader expects, like a page turner or a pacy mode. The book does not live up to the hallmark crime novel expectations. Nevertheless, the plot sounded really good – a super model (Lula Landry called Cuckoo by her friends) as a victim who falls of her balcony and an investigation is held to find out if it's a suicide or a murder. The protagonist, Cormoran Strike is the sharp eyed detective here, who is an ex-army man, with one leg blown off in Afganistan. While seen disturbed at a psychological level in the start of the book, he never missed a beat in his investigations, with his questions and interrogations. Accompanied by a meticulous temp secretary- Robin, Strike does a fair job with Lula Landry’s case.

I think I have more cons to mention than the pros.  The book was stretchy, if it is a crime-thriller novel, I want a slow start which would create the crime scene, a crisp mid part where we are looking at the clues and trying to decode the mystery in our heads and a smashing end which leaves a gaping expression of your face in your mind. If it is devoid of anything less than that then, I am afraid I am reading something whose end we have already predicted. And this is what exactly happened to me this time; I wonder how Strike was not able to catch the clues that he had to drag it to 500 pages more! The conversations with the suspects make it look elongated, breaking the sync, which the reader is trying to establish.

The characters were efficiently wrapped in words, so much so; that they could be imagined in your mind. Some character descriptions I really enjoyed reading, Guy’ Some and of course, Cormoran Strike. Like I said, living a disarrayed life personally, his focus from the case merely shifted. The motion where he is carried away again and again to his mother’s death has been conveyed at appropriate parts in the story, showing he has seen death this close and what it means to be losing someone. The author has tried to incorporate surprise humour at places but however it does not steal the show.

For someone who is used to the works of Dan Brown, Gyllian Flynn and John Grisham this was a mellowed down version. I am curious to know what kind of a movie this script would make, probably more captivating than the book.

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