The Cuckoo’s Calling

23 Feb


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.

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


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

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