I would describe it in two words, simple and elegant! A mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London from the hustled streets of Mayfair to the end of Soho. This is acclaimed to be first ace-crime novel of J K Rowling writing under the pseudonym ROBERT GALBRAITH. The Cuckoos Calling is no 1 seller of 12 august on apple’s i books store and no 3 on New York’s times best-selling list.
The book has its unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across. It is the book which keeps me up all night until my eyes gave up. Introducing Cormoron Strike as his hero who is neither smart nor very genius but an ordinary detective.
When a troubled model Lula landry falls to her death from a snow covered Mayfair balcony it is assumed that she has committed a suicide; however her brother John Bristrow has his doubts and calls a private investigator Cormoron Strike to look into the case.
Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically (as lost a leg in a war and using a prosthesis)and psychologically (as his love life is ruined) and his life is in disarray. He is financially unstable, in debt. This 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. As the investigation proceeds he encounters with lula’s security guard, personal driver, uncle, friends and designer. Each character recounts his own experience with lula as strike comes to know that she was adopted from a Negro family and her brother John and Charlie were also adopted.
He also realizes that the circumstances of her death were more ambitious than he has imagined. At last he comes to know that she was killed by her own brother; John for the property and he not only killed Lula but he has also killed her elder brother Charlie and her friend Rochelle.
But after reading the whole novel, we still don’t know 2 things that who was the heir of the property and the biggest why this book is named Cuckoo Calling….. so read and find out!!!!
Reviewed by: Darshita Singh, XI-B2