Year 8, Book 108

108. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

One of my book clubs chose this for our December meeting and I was interested in reading it to see how J.K. Rowling’s writing is outside of the Harry Potter series. I didn’t read her previous adult book written under her own name, so this was my first experience reading something she wrote that wasn’t Harry Potter.

The book itself centers around Cormoran Strike a private detective who is down on his luck but who has been hired to investigate the death of a supermodel named Lula Landry. Although the police ruled her death a suicide her brother believes that there was foul play involved and hires Strike to prove him right. Strike along with his eagar new secretary help piece together what really happened on the night of Lula’s death.

Opinions on the book were mixed in my book club. I feel on the side of finding it rather boring, and once I found out what the end was I kind of thought what was the point of this entire book. I didn’t find the story very compelling and never really felt like I got a grasp on the characters, so I didn’t really care what happened to Lula or to the people who were still alive in the book. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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