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My Review of The Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith

Secrets and Lies all the Way Through

I watched this series on the television when it was first aired. I loved the relationship between Comoran and Robin. When the new one Troubled Blood aired, I decided to rewatch the entire series to bring mr up to speed.

I couldn’t get enough of it, and knew the books would go into the details, and give more of an insight into of the characters and situations.

I’ve never read Harry Potter or seen the films. (If you don’t know Robert Galbraith is the pen name of JK Rowlings.) All I knew is when the first one came out it was for children and young adults. Since then, I’ve learnt everyone loved it equally, but it didn’t appeal much to me.

The Cuckoo Calling is a complex thriller. I hadn’t expected the writing to be so bulky and detailed. I was most interested in the two main character’s relationship and their interaction with each other. They would have a great scene and then Cormoran would go off and interview someone. That would last a whole long chapter or more, and it would be a long time till they got back together again.

Cormoran Strike is an unusual name. It didn’t stop there. Most of the characters had quirky ones. If it wasn’t for flipping between the audio book and reading, I wouldn’t have known how to pronounce some of them.

I enjoyed the book immensely in all its complexity. There was just one thing I hated and it grated on me. The use of the c word several times. I’ve closed books and turned off films because of its use. It’s nasty, crude, and unnecessary, no matter who you are. However, I’m glad I kept reading, it was well worth it.

The Cuckoo Calling a large and easily readable book. I’ll be reading every one of the series. For crimes lovers it’s great for getting your teeth into, and they are also standalone, with each one being a complete story.


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.

Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his 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 . . .

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