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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)


“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”  ~~ Robert Galbraith (or J.K. Rowling) in The Cuckoo’s Calling

From Lauren’s Perspective:

I’d like to start by saying how incredibly happy I am.  Ecstatic.  Thrilled.  Overjoyed.  A lot of books make me feel happy and giddy and all those wonderful things, but rarely does one make me feel them in this way.  I’ll tell you why:  I LOVED this book!  Loved it!  I was enthralled from the first to last word, and was barely able to put it down when I had other mundane things to do, like working and eating.

If you read this blog, you must know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan.  Potterhead, I think they call it.  I am obsessed with those books and can honestly say they changed my life.  So, when The Casual Vacancy came out last year, I bought it immediately, knowing that J.K. Rowling couldn’t let me down.  And she didn’t.  Not really.  But I say that having been unable to finish the book.  It just didn’t interest me.  I read the first 150 pages or so, but couldn’t get behind the story.  The writing was beautiful, as Rowling’s words always are, but I just couldn’t make myself care about the characters.  This was devastating for me.  I wanted to be a Rowling fan, not just a Harry Potter fan, because her writing truly is beautiful.  But here I was, with her first book post-Potter, and was completely unable to finish it.

Then, along comes this hidden gem of a book called “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by unknown author Robert Galbraith.  It is found out months after its release that it was secretly written by none other than Rowling!  Of course excitement in the publishing world grew and thousands if not hundreds of thousands of the book were printed within days to cover the overwhelming demand for the book.  And this time, I have not one bad thing to say.  With “The Casual Vacancy”, Rowling still had her wit and charm and beautiful use of the English language, but what was lacking was an appealing story, at least for me.  “The Cuckoo’s Calling” brought back everything Rowling-esque from her Harry Potter books and gave it to us in a wonderful mystery full of intrigue and suspense.  It was honestly delightful.

The writing was beautiful, Rowling’s insights into the world of fame and fortune were as apt as those insights about love and death found in the pages of all her Harry Potter books, She writes, “It’s an illness,” she said, although she made the words sound like “it’s uh nillness.” Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother… sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.”  Just absolutely beautiful.

I can honestly say I have never been happier to like a book in my life, and I can also say that I can not wait to read Coromander Strike’s next adventure, as Rowling has assured us that he will return.

To end, I will say with pride, and a great sigh of relief:  ROWLING IS BACK!  (Not that she ever really left 🙂 )


Plot – 4/5
Writing/Style/Form – 5/5
Characters – 4/5
Enjoyment/Entertainment Value – 5/5

Overall Score – 18/20


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