Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Coroman Strike Series (#1)
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. 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 longtime 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.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this
The book was mercifully brilliant. Written in such a way that had me staring at the book in longing while I worked away and then cursing myself for bringing such a distraction upon myself. I was unable to put down a book I thought I would find mildly interesting at most. The opening with the murder or Lula Landry was intriguing no doubt, but the following couple chapter dealing with the working of Coromon Strike and his secretary was slow, comic and well written, but slow.
Then, like a train, the book picked up speed slowly and steadily. As Strike became more and more involved in the case, the more you were convinced the supposed suicide was murder. Then Strike hits a block and you are left questioning yourself. Was it really murder? Or perhaps….the police are right. It is suicide. With Latin quotes at the beginning of every part -the book has five parts further split into various chapters- it was constructed beautifully keeping you at the very edge of your seat and making you want to turn to the next page because you will be itching to know what happens. And when I found out who wrote it, it made sense.
You don’t want to be like me. I’m giving this as a warning right now. I started this book as a read for train journey’s thinking that I could tuck it deep inside my knapsack and wait till the journey back home to read it again. I failed and read it during lunch and struggled to put it down and start working again. Don’t do that to yourself. Trust me. You want to start this book when you have the time to read it cover to cover because this is a page-turner. Those still living under parental rules beware this is the book that will get you yelled at by parents because you stayed up all night reading it.
That said, some of the things mentioned in the book are pg13 at the least if not higher. There are mentions of drugs, abuse, sexual harassment and well you get the point. It’s not a book for young’uns to read [so commands the 19-yah!-I’m-almost-20! Year old]
(The longest book review I’ve ever written methinks.)
–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–
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