The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)
STOP THE PRESS!
Overrated millionaire author outed.
J.K Rowling is “Robert Galbraith”, author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” – a ‘whodunnit’ set in present-day London. Trouble is, it’s not very good…
Now let me start this review by telling you that I read this, and finished this, BEFORE it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was our very own J.K. I downloaded it through Audible back in April, and literally finished listening to it a week before it hit the news.
I was going to give it a 2 then, and I’m going to give it a 2 now.
“Oh, that’s funny isn’t it, you’re just a J.K Rowling hater.”
And to that I say to you, “No, I’m not actually, because I really enjoyed Casual Vacancy“. I quote… “All in all though, “The Casual Vacancy” is a good book. It’s not bad, far from it, but it’s not a masterpiece. It’s worth a read, certainly.”
But when I listened to this, even before I knew it was J.K Rowling, I got bored.
In summing up the plot – Detective Cormoran Strike is hired by a John Bristow to investigate the death of supermodel Lula Landry, who fell from her West End balcony. Was it suicide? Or was there more to it? As Strike interviews more and more people – from the security guard of her flats to her driver, uncle, friends… the plot thickens.
Trouble is, the more you read, the more you really don’t care.
The more you read, the more you think that our J.K has just stolen her ideas from ‘proper’ crime writers like PD James.
I mean honestly….
The way she describes London – think the film “Notting Hill” – rich people obsessed with money, poor people a’la Mary Poppins “How Do Guv’nor orlright apples and pears!”….. it all feels like Hugh Grant might pop up at any point, along with Dick van Dyke leading the chorus of Big Issue vendors in the background. This bogs down the story and leaves it feeling bloated with unnecessary detail.
When it comes to the characters – oh my. They are all are over-described. Their actions are never relied upon to convey their thoughts. The whole book just feels stale.
But the most annoying thing for me was the fact that it spends far far far too much time beating around the bush. Page, after page, after page of irrelevant storyline (as if it was added just to pad out the book)..
And the ending – Oh Christ don’t even get me started on it.
Did I care who or what surrounded the death of Lula?
This just made the slog through the rest of it even more unsatisfying.
Sorry, Robert Galbraith, or should I say J.K… stick to wizard wands or country life, because as a crime writer, unfortunately you fail. Massively.
The Book Boy Rating – 2/5
P.S – I wish I had got this review out before it was exposed that Galbraith was Rowling…. just hated it, from the off….