I read it over Christmas, and as a fan of detective novels, this just filled the bill for me. I wound up loving it and wishing that it would not end quite so soon. The good part is that Rowling says this will become a series, and I am already looking forward to the second one.
Now, I am not one for disecting a book, or picking it apart to criticize certain parts. I tend to like most of it and just kind of gloss over any parts I am not so fond of.
This book was right up my alley. Rowling is a terrific character developer, the main detective was so well done as was his assistant.
If you are fond of the detective novel, I am betting you will love this book and I am happy Rowling is paying more mind to us grown ups.
Some commentary on this book from Amazon:
"One of the books of the year." (USA Today)
"Robert Galbraith has written a highly entertaining book... Even better, he has introduced an appealing protagonist in Strike, who's sure to be the star of many sequels to come.... its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense. More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team - a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"Rowling switches genres seamlessly...a gritty, absorbing tale." (People (3.5/4 stars))
"An extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore...great pleasures." (Slate)
"I couldn't stop myself from thoroughly enjoying The Cuckoo's Calling... The book's real magic is in Rowling's distinctive descriptive prose." (Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"THE CUCKOO'S CALLING reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid, bestselling author of The Vanishing Point) --internet
Visit your local library or bookstore for this one!
Cheers and Happy New Year,