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The Cuckoo’s Calling

Posted in Pai-Book-Review on August 23, 2013 by prajwalpai

jk-rowling-the-cuckoos-callingJ.K. Rowling is my favorite author of all time, Obviously I love her books but more importantly I love her for this fantastic 2008 Harvard commencement speech. I will be completely honest in saying that I would have never picked this book if J.K. Rowling had not written this. I am glad that I picked this and I must say this fell into ‘unputdownable’ category. It takes courage for a popular author( a brand name) to publish a book with a pseudonym. The author might not have a burden of reader’s expectations but the content has to carry the entire burden of selling itself.

As I started this book, it kinda sucked me into it. In the past, I had tried to read ‘Casual Vacancy’ but couldn’t get past the first two chapters. This book, however had me glued in the first few pages. The main protagonist Cormoran Strike and his office assistant Robin were intriguing characters. Its my process to give a face to the characters as I read any book. I imagined the Dr.Calman and Foster to be the perfect fit. Cormoran Strike is a Ex-Military Boxer (with a prosthetic leg) and a very tall and intimidating guy as is our Dr.Calman. He appears to know when people are telling the truth and sense when people are lying. Robin is a hot and professional assistant who has got engaged recently. She is in complete awe of her boss but non-romantic about her boss.


This novel managed to be stimulating, engaging, and touching at the same time. As leisurely as the plot unfolds, never did I lose interest in Strike’s investigation. At almost halfway, I was still unsure if this was a murder mystery or a suicide-confirm mystery. My favourite fact being that there actually was an investigation! A hot-shot model is dead and media has gone bonkers. The cops have done everything that they can do and followed every possible lead and have finally concluded its a suicide. Here starts Mr.Strike and we are taken along for the ride; no clues or tidbits are left out from us readers, bereaving us from the chance of making our own accusations. No, we are kept invested in the outcome of Strike’s investigation as if we were part of it ourselves. My suspicions shifted from one character to another, never making ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ a predictable nor boring read.

It might not have the world is about to end kinda cliffhanger climax but every loose end is tied and every un-answered question gets an answer. I read rumours saying a Cormoran Strike series might be on the cards. I got nostalgic reading Cuckoo Calling as i had cultivated my reading habit on a staple diet of James Hadley Chase’s thriller novels. I recommend this book to anybody who has any little interest in thriller. Don’t go looking for wands and spells but I would say this book has its own magic.