The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith was the first book I read in 2019. It actually took me a while to get into it; a bit of a slow burn from the beginning. However, once it got going I enjoyed unraveling the mystery.
It took me a while, but Cormoran Strike has grown on me to be one of my absolute mot favorite characters I’ve read in a while. I especially enjoyed his style of of solving the mystery. As a Private Eye and retired hero from the Royal Military, Cormoran is described as this big, hunk of steel of a man. There’s not doubt I wanted to snuggle in his arms and chest while hearing about the crimes he has solved.
But what intrigues me most about Cormoran is that instead of being this infallible character, he has a weakness in that he lost his leg during his time of service. We see Strike try to do his investigative work time and time again only to be left in incredible pain or slowed because his prosthetic leg. I enjoyed Galbraith’s decision to give her main character this challenge to overcome. He still chases down terrifying killers, but he’s not a perfect hero.
The story had twists and turns and for one I didn’t actually guess the ending until right before the truth was unveiled. Trust me – this is very unusual!
Overall I gave this this book 4/5 on Goodreads. It propelled me to pick up the rest of the books in the Coroman Strike series later in the year – and Galbraith really picked up speed in those novels. Can’t wait to dig in those with you soon.