So I left again, and I am sincerely sorry. Here's a review of the new J.K. Rowling book to make up for it!
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, thelegendary 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.
I absolutely loved this book. If J.K. Rowling hasn't already shown that she can write, then she's smashed any doubt out of the picture with her new crime novel.
The picture that Galbraith/Rowling (what are you supposed to say?!!) paints of London is gritty and realistic, complete with a portrait of celebrity life that captures both the bad and the good. Cormoran Strike is appealingly disastrous and his quirky assistant Robin is perfect in so many ways that you can't help but like her. Throughout the book the chemistry between Strike and Robin grows and makes every page come to life just a little bit more.
The plot isn't too fast paced and the case itself takes a good hundred pages to form; that said, there was something going on at all times, with every detail linking together in some way. At about three quarters of the way through the book, I though that there were too many loose ends and that at least one of them would get left by the wayside, but everything tied together nicely.
Although I was telling myself all the way through that it must be her or it must be him or go for the least obvious one! That's what Christie would do!, I have to come clean and admit, albeit rather shamefacedly, that I didn't guess the ending. Which made it just that little bit better.
5/5 stars. So entertaining! I cannot wait for the next one.