The Cuckoo’s Calling


Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling
First Published: 2013
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3:98)
I would recommend this book to: Readers who love crime fiction.
The Beginning: The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies.

Let me start by saying that I don’t really care for crime fiction. There are a few series that I like, but generally, the genre just doesn’t do it for me. Learning that J.K. Rowling had written a crime novel, I knew, however, that I had to check it out. I love her writing, her style and the universes she creates – whether it’s a fantasy world with magical creatures or social realism crammed with unlikable characters.

I decided to give this one a fair chance and was actually excited about it: If anyone can make me love a crime novel, it would be Rowling. I started reading this one Saturday morning, two weeks ago: I’d woken up early, made a cup of tea and climbed back in bed with The Cuckoo’s Calling. What better start can you give a book than a reading session like this one?


I was intrigued at first. I liked the descriptions of London, the characters and the introduction to the story. About halfway through, however, I started to get bored. I really liked the characters, but didn’t get enough stories about them – the crime stuff got in the way, and I just didn’t care that much. It was too much about gathering proof, there were too many interviews and not enough about the people I was interested in.

For the last week, I just wanted it to wrap things up and move on. And when I finally reached the Who-actually-done-it part, I just shrugged and thought “Oh well, glad that’s sorted out”. I wasn’t excited at all.

I’ve given this book two stars, but I’m probably the wrong reader to rate this book, as it’s not my genre. And I won’t be reading the next in the series.


2 thoughts on “The Cuckoo’s Calling

  1. Du sætter ord på mine akkurate følelser om krimi-genren. Og derfor tror jeg også, jeg springer denne over. Jeg kan simpelthen ikke koncentrere mig om den slags mysterier og opklaringer. Det er slet ikke mig. Overhovedet.

    Men sikke en fin anmeldelse; du bekræftede mig i alle de mistanker jeg havde om bogen. (Og regnvejr, te og slik lyder som den bedst tænkelige læse-seance.)

    1. Det tror jeg roligt du kan gøre, Rikke! En vigtig detalje er også, at jeg ikke har fundet et eneste citat som jeg havde lyst til at dele her – det siger en del om bogen.

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