If you haven't heard by now, it was recently revealed by the Daily Telegraph that JK Rowling has released a new book called The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I purchased the e-book as soon as I heard the news. I had been hugely disappointed by her last non-Potter publication, The Casual Vacancy, but luckily, this mystery novel did not disappoint. If you loved Harry Potter, here are a few reasons you should pick up a copy of The Cuckoo's Calling (other than its famous author).
1. The Mystery - Do you know why people went crazy for Harry Potter in a way they haven't for any other children's fantasy books? Because the Harry Potter books are actually all mystery novels, cloaked in fantasy. Don't believe me? Go back and re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In fact, the entire series adds up to one big mystery! JK Rowling (or Robert Galbraith if she prefers) is just a great mystery writer. If you like classic mystery novels, you'll love this book.
2. The Characters - Comoran Strike, the former army policeman turned private investigator is a clever, troubled man, and every chapter gives you more insights yet adds more mystery to his character. His assistant, Robin, surprises you with her smarts as the book goes on. None of the characters (even the vapid supermodels) fit into the box you think that they will.
3. The Relationships - The main relationship that grows in this novel is between Comoran and Robin. It's great to be able to see them start to work together and grow into a partnership with no romance involved (as there is in many a detective novel). The other minor relationships in the novel help you to see that things are not always what they seem to be.
4. The Fame - If anyone knows what fame is like, it's JK Rowling. While she may not be a movie star, she's definitely one of the most famous people in the world. If you've ever wished to be one of the rich and famous, this book will show you that it might not be all it's cracked up to be.
Anyway…. just read it!