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The Cuckoo’s Calling

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Synopsis:
A supermodel plunges to her death from her penthouse balcony and it is deemed a suicide. This conclusion makes so much sense, the girl was unstable, the girl was on drugs, the girl was in an abusive relationship, the poor girl was black and adopted into an all white family, therefore no one questions it.
No one but the boy she knew as her brother.
John Bristow, brother to the world famous supermodel, Lula Landry, tracks down an old family friend, soldier turn PI, Cormoran Strike, to investigate his baby sister’s suicide. He is convinced there is more to the story and that Lula did not jump but was pushed to her death. He brings all the evidence he has to Strike and he agrees to take the case. As time goes on Strike finds out there are more twists and turns in this story than he could have ever anticipated.

Review:
I will admit that I picked up this book simply because J.K. Rowling wrote it. I don’t usually like crime novels but this was just as good as I hoped it would be.

Favorite Quotes:

“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.” 
― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

“Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.” 
― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

“She wuz depressed. Yeah, she wuz on stuff for it. Like me. Sometimes it jus’ takes you over. It’s an illness,” she said, although she made the words sound like “it’s uh nillness.”

Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. He had slept badly. Nillness, that was where Lula Landry had gone, and where all of them, he and Rochelle included, were headed. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother… sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.” 
― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

Recommendations:

Mystic River – Dennis Lehane
Lucky – Alice Sebold
The Black Ice – Michael Connely

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Good Omens – Neil Giaman and Terry Pratchett

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Synopsis:
So an angel and a demon become friends… sounds like the beginning of a great joke right? Well, in this tale it’s the truth. An angel and a demon who are none too happy about the coming apocalypse and have joined sides to ensure the predicted end does not come. And, they seem to have misplaced  the Antichrist.

Review:
While it seems like utter hilarity should ensue by its synopsis, I found the book to be rather dull. I think it may be because I don’t like books that change point of view but I am not a fan. This was my introduction to both authors and I am sad to say I’m not too interested in picking up another book by either. I would give this book a 5 of 10 stars. I am simply riding the pine on this one.

Favorite Quote:
“You’re Hell’s Angels, then? What chapter are you from?
Revelations. Chapter Six” – Neil Giaman, Good Omens

Recommendations:
I can’t give a recommendation based on the fact that I didn’t like the book. However, I can say if you like the changing POV and the fact that this is quite scatter brained, I would say try Morgan Rhodes. She does the same thing.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized