As always, this read was a book club choice that we decided on after we had all finished Gone Girl. We were excited to stick with the murder mystery theme for a bit longer and overall I'm glad we did. Fun fact about this book, "The Cuckoo's Calling," by Robert Galbraith is that it was actually written by J.K. Rowling! Yup, she wrote it under a pseudonym and within days of Rowling being revealed as the author sales rose 4,000%! Holy crap I know. Anyway, let's review:
This book took quite a long time for me to get into. Quite a long time meaning about 150 pages (out of 455 total). Personally, I thought the author spent a little too much time on the main character, Strike's, backstory and other details that weren't necessarily important to the plot of the book. Speaking of, the plot was fantastic! The story takes place in London where an almost bankrupt private detective, Coroman Strike, is called upon to reinvestigate the death of supermodel Lula Landry. Her death, which took place months earlier, was believed to be a suicide according to the police, but her brother thinks otherwise and hires Strike to get the job done. The characters are realistic and believable and the story comes to a close with no loose ends. Once the book picked up, sadly not until about halfway through, it keeps you guessing and unsure who the murderer could be. That's the whole point of a murder mystery right? Although I'll admit, I did have a feeling who the killer was the whole time, the other girls in my book club never guessed who it turned out to be and that's what makes reading exciting! Overall this book gets 3/5 stars from me, but if your really into mysteries I do recommend it!
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