The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Published September 23, 2017

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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I listened to the audiobook of this, mostly because of the fabulous narration by Robert Glenister but also because I knew I wouldn’t have time to read the book before the TV show disappeared off the iPlayer. Now I’ve caught up, I’m really glad my hand was forced because this was a surprising and unusual take on the detective genre.

The thing about JK (Robert’s) writing is that she puts a heck of a lot of emphasis on detail. In the Harry Potter books, it’s not so noticeable because we need the description of that other world, but in the heart of London, all it can do is place you more and more in the scene to the point I was playing the TV show in my head before I’ve even seen it.

The characters are well defined, although I found Robin to be a little lacking. Hopefully she’ll grow in strength and character now that she has secured herself in the job. I did like that the story wasn’t over the top though. It was a murder mystery, but simply interviewing suspect after suspect to come up with a conclusion, rather than racing around getting into trouble, shooting up the place, or body after body turning up. Just a couple of intense scenes and a heck of a lot of talking. I liked it. Can’t wait to read and/or hear the next one.

Rating: Unrated

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