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on 7 June 2018
A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .
A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year.
[The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies]
(Little, Brown, 18 April 2013, 550 pages, ebook, bought from Amazon, Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge, a book by a female author who uses a male pseudonym)
I was gripped from start to finish with The Cuckoo’s Calling.
I thought the characters were fantastic. I loved Cormoran, he’s so real, so made of flesh and blood I found it uncanny. He’s an easy man to sympathise with and get behind. I thought he was brilliantly written. I liked the chemistry between him and Robin, how they play off each other.
This is a different book than the usual thrillers that are offered. It’s hard to say why. It reminded me of classic detective fiction that doesn’t get written a lot.
I like detective fiction and The Cuckoo’s Calling is a great example, full of suspense, intrigue, red herrings and twists and turns. I had no idea what really happened to Lula and was taken completely by surprise.