"I am become a name"
(Minor to no spoilers ahead! go read!)
And now, years later after reading my last detective novel (as I have been quite busy with other genres like YA, dystopia, etc.), my interest was once again piqued by another brain-twisting "crime fiction": The Cuckoo's Calling. Being a self-proclaimed Potterhead, I'll admit that it was also a plus when I learned that it was written by Rowling though I can say that even if it was authored by a completely different person; a real Robert Galbraith, perhaps, I'd still want to read it anyway. And I did. After 400+ pages, I finished it within a week's worth of reading.
It was definitely a "Rowling" work. Meticulously portrayed characters, vast painted scenes, finely structured story plot, it was definitely questionable that it was released as a debut work. I could say that Rowling's writing was quite shown in The Cuckoo's Calling (As of what I've described above)
The characters were really described in a detailed manner, all of them including the minor ones. I liked especially how Strike and Robin was portrayed ( I loved their first meeting haha :D ) but I'm still really conflicted about them. I didn't really want Robin to leave Strike and well, I was secretly hoping that Robin and Matthew (her soon-to-be husband) would split up eventually. Is that so wrong? Yeah probably.
Anyway, The scenes were as detailed as the characters presented though some of them were quite dragging that I find myself simply skimming through some passages that were too descriptive (I mean, I do know what to expect inside a high-class boutique even though I haven't seen one for myself. No need to get into full detail with that. But I guess some readers would want to really picture it in their heads. I just think that some imagining should be left for the readers, but meh.)
The plot, for me, was definitely plausible. That is what I like most in this genre. So many things can happen. Almost everyone is suspicious. And TCC is no exemption. In fact, I could have not guessed what happens in the end. I only realized that it was also another possible thing when I was already done with the novel. So yeah, MIND=BLOWN.
With all that said, I'd be giving it a four out of five rating :) I guess Robert Galbraith had actually "become a name" (out of Rowling's shadow for a small amount of time) just as Cormoran Strike had made a name for himself, away from his famous parents' industry.
|4/5 rating :)|