Happy New Year Dear Reader, its the end of my first full week back at work after a lovely break and I thought I would spend it with you. I know I am late to review this book, I am aware it has been out a long time but I didn’t want to read this during the hype.

BOOK FEELINGS: It’s NO secret that I love Harry Potter, and I really enjoy JK Rowling’s writing style so when I found out that Robert Galbraith was, in fact, her pseudonym I was excited. I tried to convince my book club to read the book but as we were all linked to the military and a lot of partners were in Afganistan at that time we postponed reading it until another time and apparently, that other time for me was 6 years later.

Last week I was working from home and finished my latest audible book and I found myself a little lost of what to listen to next. I wanted another crime thriller, I wanted something easy and as I looked through recommendations ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ came up and I thought it was time.

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So what did I think? Well, I loved it. Obviously. It is everything I love all wrapped up in a mystery! An unconventional hero, full of faults and fairly unlikeable in many ways, an underestimated sidekick (because let’s face it, Robin, is much more than a secretary) and a killer who thinks they are too clever to get caught. The characters that hold up the plot like Guy Some, Tony Landry and the insufferable Matthew are fully developed and add to both the plot and the narrative.

I only saw the twist about 3 chapters before it was revealed, and I only got half the story. It is brilliant and twisted and so perfect. When Cormoran Strike is called in to look at the suicide of model Lula Landry, the world thought he was crazy. His temporary assistant, Robin thought it wasn’t going to pay her wages and couldn’t wait to get out but the case surprised them both. Strike has a personal connection to the family and thinks he’ll do John Bristow a favour, but this favour takes him into the very dark world of the elite.

Once you add a fiancee, an ex-fiancee and a long lost family into this, there is little hope of putting it down. I’m pleased I waited to read this as now I have 4 books to get through!

Its Sunday afternoon, so time for a Roast dinner and some more of the next Stike novel.

Happy Reading