The Cuckoo's Calling | Book Review


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Yup, another book review. I've been thinking and, I'll try to review a book every month. I already have a list of the books I've been reading during this year. I do an overview of that list by the end of the year. Let's how healthy my reading habits will be.
The Cuckoo's Calling is a book written by Robert Galbraith. Or should I say, J.K.Rowling, writing user a pseudonym. When I heard that she had launch another book, I was ecstatic.Specially considering that this was a Detective's kinda book - my favourite, right next to Fantasy and Fantastic literature.I love mystery and crime solving stories - my favourite TV series are Cold Case and Law & Order. And CSI of course.
Now, back to the book. I thought about getting the book in English because I didn't know when it would be available in Portugal.When I went to Caldas da Rainha I found out that the book was already available in Portuguese. Because I really love this series, I decided to invest on the translated version - just like I did with The Casual Vacancy. Although I have to admit that I'll be investing more on English version, since they are cheaper - I found out this weekend that a kit with the first 3 books of mortal instruments costs 21 euros...that's the price of 1 book here! Anyway, here the sinopese (take from here )
  When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger ...A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year.
I had an amazing time reading this book. It's funny, it's elegant, well put together. I'll try not to tell any spoilers (I don't want to be accused of spoiling any one's reading time).
The plot ir really good, but what makes him more enjoyable is it's characters. Yes ladies and gentleman, J.K.Rowling did it again. Cormoran Strike is a really amazing character. He has a really hard life - he always had a hard life - but doesn't let that stop him from fighting and doing what's the best. This cases turns quite personal in some details - I wonder how he will cope with them after this book - at although he always can keep it to himself and conceal it  ( yes I'm listening to Let it Go too much this days...Now you guys now), there is one time where he just can't keep it in and says what he shouldn't (it's not that serious by the way, don't get the wrong idea). Another thing I like is how his life a problems aren't the centre of the book. We get to know him throw the entire book. It's not like BAM - here he is.
But the story doesn't just have Strike. There are plenty of other character that make this book interesting - like his secretary Robin. Robin wasn't tailed to this job, but quickly learns how deal with it. She becames his lucky charm. I dare to say, she becames his Hermione. And no, there isn't anything romantic about it. After Strike, she is for sure my favourite Character.

There are more characters I could mention. Like Lula Landry, Tansy Bestigui and many other characters that have flaws and qualities. But there is a thing that Jo didn't lost here - the act of making of those who believe that they are above others just because they have more money or some kind of status. If you though that she made fun of the middle-class in The Casual Vacancy, be careful with this one - because now we are talking about the upper-class and jokes can be even more deadly and bitter.We aren't talking about metaphors, he are talking about direct problems an accusations.

I really enjoyed reading this book. For what I know, she will be launching another one about Strike this year. I can't wait to read it. I really recommend this to any one who loves Mystery and Detective Literature.
I want to finish this review saying that if Strike happen to be Harry's class matte along with Hermione and Ron, his life (Harry's life) and path would be a lot easier. I can image how he would play Snape during potion lessons and how Voldemort how felt hopeless with someone like that.

Have you read The Cuckoo's Calling? What your thought on it?
Take care, have a nice day!*

With Love,
Diana

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