Lula Landry, supermodel, dove to her death on a frigid winter night. Before stardom found Lula, she suffered from severe depression so intense; her adopted family could not help her. Her death was ruled a suicide, however, her brother, is absolutely positive foul play was involved and hires Strike to re-investigate Lula’s death.
With the help of his new secretary, Strike figuratively travels back in time to retrace all of the events leading up to the death of Lula, also known as Cuckoo. Did she actually willingly leap off her balcony, or did a murderer fool the police and the public entirely.
What I loved: Forget Beyoncé, J.K. is queen. If you didn’t already know, Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym. And I can assure you, she hasn’t lost her magic since Harry Potter found his happily ever after. J.K. does a phenomenal job sneaking in clues when you least expect her to. You will never stop guessing and creating your own hypothesis of the truth behind the “murder.” The writing is amazing and she describes characters and scenes with precision. In typical J.K. fashion, the end of this book will literally leave your jaw dropping. Just when I was absolutely confident I knew the ending, I was stunned to learn I was WAY off. The Cuckoo’s Calling is absolutely a page-turner or in my case, a non-stop listen.
What I didn’t: It’s hard to find anything wrong with J.K.’s writing. I guess the only aspect of the book I was unsatisfied with, was the fact I wanted to learn more about the background of Strike and his secretary, Robin. I hope in the next book, Silkworm, Robin has a larger role and the reader can learn more about her personality and history.
What I loved about listening: The Cuckoo’s Calling was my second experience listening to an audiobook and I believe it solidified my new obsession with this reading medium. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is British which makes listening to a story taking place in London all the more enjoyable. At times, I thought I was actually listening to a BBC true crime radio broadcasting! The chapters were shorter, so I could knock out a few on the way to and from work without having to pause half-way through once I reached my destination. Glenister did a great job narrating different accents and speaking in a “drunk slur.” I am very pleased he is the narrator for the next book in the Strike series, Silkworm.
What I didn’t love about listening: Overall, the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life. However, there were times when I wished Robert Glenister would have done a better job with altering his voice when he was speaking as different characters. Often, it was difficult to tell who was speaking as some characters had similar dialects and tone inflections. I wonder if it’s possible for some audio books to have multiple narrators for different characters. Just a thought.
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