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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong language, weak action, 8 April 2014
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This review is from: The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) (Paperback)
JK Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith) is a renowned story teller and her love of story-telling comes through very strongly in The Cuckoo's Calling, the first of her proposed Cormoran Strike series. Her ability to plot and her gift for dialogue are immediately recognisable to anyone who found her through the Harry Potter books. As with the later Potter books she is self-indulgent with length. Several times I found myself wishing she would just say less and move faster. The pace does pick up very noticeably at about page 400 for the last chapters, but before that it's slow. Don't buy this expecting an action story. The whole tale is told through conversations between its characters. Could there every have been any doubt the book was written by a woman and not a man! The inside knowledge of the world of designer-fashion and the paparazzi are also a give-away.
The other element the reader must prepare for is the relentless use of the f* word. If this offends you, beware! It is, of course used in the context of how just a few of her characters speak, but for my money the effect is hugely, and actually offensively, overdone. Is Rowling still trying to prove she is not trapped in a children's fiction world? I don't know. But she doesn't need to prove it this way. She is a master (mistress?) story-teller and weaver of tales and worthy of her success, but personally I shan't be rushing to buy Strike Vol.2.
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