The Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
Performance: 4/5 ☆
Story: 3/5 ☆
It was very, very difficult for me to get into this book. It felt slow and even once I had become more invested in it, I still found the pace too slow for my liking.
Overall, the writing is good. J.K. Rowling has a great talent for world building and meaningful writing. I could’ve done without “fuck” like, every other sentence. And I felt there were a lot of unnecessary remarks, like a man checking out a woman. It seemed so forcibly vulgar, like JKR was trying to prove she can write for adults. I get it, but it wasn’t necessary.
The story, however, is where I was really disappointed. It was incredibly formulaic for its genre. It felt predictable and every time something new happened, I was like, okay, this isn’t relevant, can we just find out who did it already? (Although my suspicions were correct).
I will probably continue to read the series, but if it hadn’t been an audiobook, I don’t think I could’ve gotten through it at all.
“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”