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The Cuckoo's Calling Review

I will be the first to admit I haven't blogged because I haven't really been feeling like it. It's been a busy time of catching up and spending time with family and lazing around reading books. I'll hopefully pick back up once school picks back up, but in the meantime, I read The Cuckoo's Calling and just had to share my review on it.
The Cuckoo's Calling, as you might have read or heard about from your resident Harry Potter fan (there's one in every group, you know there is), was revealed a few weeks ago to have been written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. So naturally, I had to read it immediately. My biggest worry was that this book would start off incredibly slow and excruciating, which has sadly been my experience with The Casual Vacancy thus far (read: oh god, I can't even bring myself to finish it). However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book not only started off quickly, but had a different writing style (that I liked better), a much more interesting plot, and characters that were actually likeable.
Without spoiling, I want to give you some highlights. The book is a murder mystery novel and it kept me guessing right up until the last second, as any good mystery should! Usually, I find myself annoyed with detective characters who are often flat and impersonal, but Rowling really gave the main character, Cormoran Strike, a lot of depth, which explained many of his actions that might have otherwise been kooky. Additionally, Robin, the main supporting character, reminded me a bit of a graceful Donna Noble (from Doctor Who) and was also a very pleasant character to read. The story is fast paced without getting predictable, and is a pretty easy read. Overall, I'd highly recommend
this book, especially if you're into mysteries!
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