Finally done: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a professional book critic. I am an avid book lover for as long as I can remember and I am merely stating how I feel about the books that I read. Some of my thoughts may be very different from others & thats okay. We’re not all the same in this world.


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for J.K Rowling) took along time for me to read. It’s gives the story of detective Cormoran Strike’s imvestigation of supermodel Lula Laundrys so called suicide. Her brother, John Bristow believes she was murdered and would never commit suicide. Strike is thrust into the lives of the rich and famous, determined to find out was Lula’s death a suicide like the police believe or a cold blooded murder?

I’m not usually into detective type books and wanted to give it a try. It’s a very detailed book, giving descriptions to every possible thing. Authors of books want you to get into the story and they give you details so you can imagine each scene and each character. However, I feel this book gives far too many details that take away from the actual story. 500+ pages of over the top details, ranging in the details of someones appearance to the looks and feels of an apartment or Strikes terrible little office. All the details is why it took me so long to get through. I need a book with as much dialogue, so I can really get into the story.

Despite the ridiclous amount of details, Robert Galbraith comes up with a story that I could not figure out until the very end. The last 100 pages was what I was looking for during the entire book. You think one thing then all of a sudden something comes to light and your whole thinking changes. Overall, I did enjoy the book to the very long end.

Now onto the Characters to Actors Game! 

Cormoran Strike – detective & main character: He’s a mid 50s big bulky man, semi washed up military police. I would go with famous Russell Crowe. He was one of my first picks as soon as I started reading the book.

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Robin – Strikes “temporary” secretary: Described as an average looking woman, however still pretty & attractive to many people. I went with the lovely Dakota Johnson. She’s not overly beautiful but has the girl-next-door vibe, determined to be involved in the case like I saw Robin as.

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John Bristow – Lula’s brother: He’s a tall, good looking lawyer who comes from a wealthy family. I saw in my head as a tall average but good looking man like Bradley Cooper. I think this role would give Cooper a great way to expand his acting career.

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Evan Duffield – Lula’s druggie boyfriend: He’s this skinny wealthy druggie actor, who doesn’t care what people think of him. His character was real hard for me to pick out. As I’m typing this out now, I’m looking up actors who I think would play the part well. I had planned on going with Dax Shepard but now seeing this actor I think he’s better age-wise. Nicholas Hoult.

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Last but not least & most important – Lula Laundry: We wouldn’t see her much I believe in the movie, mostly in flashbacks but she still deserves a part in this game. She’s described as an adoptive black sister to Bristow. I can’t think of many black young actresses off the top of my head so I had to do some search. Lula is described as a beautiful young supermodel. Strike sees many pictures of her throughout his investigation. Supermodels are “typically” stickley skinny but I don’t see Lula as such. After a little searching I picked Tessa Thompson. She’s not too well know, I’ve seen her in a couple of things like Westworld and Veronica Mars. I think she’s super beautiful and could play the part perfectly.

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So far I’m loving reviewing books  and giving you my opinions. It wants me to read more  books. The Charaters to actors game makes it that much more fun and gives you readers to my blog a little bit more than you would normally get out of a regular book review blog. I will be going to my local library to pick up a couple more books to read, after I do a little research to find what I want next. Feel free to leave a comment as to what you thought of this review, my game and maybe give me a couple of book suggestions!

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