Book club is here for another month! As usual, before review The Cuckoo’s Calling, here is next month’s title….
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I’ll be honest – I know NOTHING about this book. For some reason I have it on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. It has excellent reviews on Amazon but I ignored them – I’d like to go in blind with this one. Sometimes it’s great to pick up a book with no expectations or preconceived ideas, so I hope you’ll jump in with me and give it a try!
Now onto the review – spoilers below.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I chose this one after reading about it online after Robert Galbraith was revealed to be a pen name for JK Rowling (who I admire greatly). I also haven’t read many murder mysteries lately and was keen to try something that had the potential for me to enjoy more books following it, as it is book one of a series – there are three books so far.
Here are my thoughts –
- I enjoyed the contemporary setting in present day London. Sometimes in murder mysteries I feel a disconnect in time even if the story is meant to be present day.
- I loved the character of Robin but I felt like I didn’t get to know her well. That is a reason I’m looking forward to the next two book.
- I didn’t really see the twist coming, even though it the murderer’s identity was probably obvious to heaps of other readers.
- The story of Lula and her fame and struggles with the press and paparazzi was well written and something JK Rowling would know a fair bit about so I enjoyed that aspect of the novel.
- Cormoran himself was a bit grumpy and it took me a while to warm to him, but I really liked him by the end of the book. He did frustrate me a lot with his withholding of personal information but the more his back story was revealed the more it made sense.
- Even though there were some heavy themes within the story, I never felt like this book was too much of a challenging read. I do like murder mysteries to be fairly light and easy. Not too gruesome – nothing that would keep me awake at night!
- I liked that there was a large number of possible suspects – the boyfriend, the security guard, the driver, the neighbour, the men on the CCTV footage, the uncle. It kept me guessing.
Overall – I enjoyed it immensely and will definitely read the next books in the series. What did you think of it?
Did you see my 2016 reading challenge – 52 books in 52 weeks? Check it out – maybe you might want to join in!