Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Author: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Original title: The Cuckoo's Calling
Pages: 522 
Edition Language: Russian
Series: Cormoran Strike #1
Format: Paperback 
Genres: Thriller, Mystery  

    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.
    A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's 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 . . .

My thoughts: 
      I was  a bit puzzled by the rave reviews. It's okay, but mostly dull and tedious. It's repetitive. A private eye with a strange name solves a murder mystery. As Strike begins investigating Lula's death we get the same scene over and over maybe 10 times, just with different characters.It's predictable (what can be worse for a detective story): I guessed the killer about half way through and was dragging through the book just to see WHY.
     The characters are quite well drawn, and the writing is competent, but I wouldn't seek out any further books with the same star, unfortunately I have already bought the rest two books in the series. Most probably I will read them, but for sure the series is for unhaul.


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