BOOK REVIEW | the cuckoo’s calling – robert galbraith

“… But the lies she told were woven into the fabric of her being, her life; so that to live with her and love her was to become slowly enmeshed by them, to wrestle her for the truth, to struggle to maintain a foothold on reality.” – Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

‘Struggling to maintain a foothold on reality’ aka me- everyday. Just kidding. Not really. The sky is red right?


Before we get down into the nitty gritty of this book, I first have to thank Shivalika over at Whimsy Journals, who responded with this recommendation to my desperate plea for book suggestions when I decided I wanted to try and complete the Popsugar Reading Challenge! (p.s. still need books for about 45 more categories, so if you have ANY suggestions I am all ears).

This was the first book I read in 2016 and listen, I know it’s March so please don’t judge me and the tardiness of this review. I am pleased to say that it was the perfect book to start the year off with. I particularly loved that it was out of my comfort zone (a 2016 goal of mine) but, it was also the first book I’ve read in a really long time that made me want to stay up all night reading despite having to haul my ass into work at 7 A.M. Side note: this book is rather long so, if you’re like me and pulling an all-nighter to read until the wee hours until the morning results in dark, terrifying under eye circles the morning after – I’d invest in some concealer.

On one hand, The Cuckoo’s Calling feels like a classic mystery novel. There’s an offbeat detective, with a personal life that is *for all intents and purposes* in shambles, a sidekick he reluctantly relies on, a very unusual client and a whole band of shady characters he must contend with. On the other hand, the writing is so fluid and beautiful that it feels very reminiscent of a historical fiction novel set in France or some other equally beautiful European country during the Golden Age. Granted, this isn’t too surprising given that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for the almighty J.K. Rowling.  The juxtaposition of a classic murder mystery and the intricacies of Galbraith/Rowlings writing style was incredibly interesting to experience.

Now, if I may digress ever so slightly, I want to talk about a problem I used to have when reading….


Hello everyone, my name is Meg, and I am a spoiler seeker (in books, movies and television). I know, I KNOW- I am the worst! I used to be totally guilty of reading ahead and skipping to the last chapter in a book. I am happy to say that I’ve been sober many, many years and no longer practice this abhorrent habit any longer. I gotta be honest though… I almost fell off the wagon with this book. Given my total lack of psychological knowledge, please take my following analysis of why that is at face value: while, beautiful and whimsical- Galbraith/Rowling’s penchant to describe scenes at great length was somewhat frustrating. Listen, I wanna know who murdered this model- please don’t make me read through paragraphs of non-pertinent info. TELL ME WHO IT IS.

However, despite this I was truly caught off-guard with the murder-reveal and it was an excellently crafted story-line. It kept me on pins and needles ’til the end- thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend!




  1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Wait till you read the third one you will be begging JK Rowling to write the next one quicker like me! 😀 I don’t remember what else I recommended you but I read Breakfast at Tiffany’s for book under 150 pages and Animal Farm for satire and Secrets of a Summer Night for a book set in summer! 🙂

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