Challenge Criteria: A murder mystery
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long time girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
What I liked:
There’s not much else more intimidating than seeing your childhood hero swearing and writing sex scenes, but we’ll move past that.
This book gripped me from the first page. Unlike a lot of murder mysteries, I couldn’t figure this one out until ten pages before the big reveal.
I also loved how the relationship between Robin and Strike never became a sexual one, because my Christ that’s been overdone. I felt instead that it was done really well and with a lot of realism.
What I didn’t like:
At 449 books, this is a good 50 pages longer than it needs to be. It’s very dialogue heavy, so a good chunk of that could be cut out to shorten up.
Out of five:
Four. Despite being a long read, I was hooked, and I really was kept guessing all the while.