I picked up The Cuckoo's Calling right after the news broke that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I've never read any Rowling before but thought why not jump in with her first attempt at a mystery thriller. The Cuckoo's Calling is a pretty straight forward take on the genre. You have a private detective (Cormoran Strike) as the main character and you have an supermodel who commits suicide. Or did she? There are a good number of twists and turns but none of them particularly memorable. There was nothing inherently wrong with the book but it just never hit the pace it was striving for.
The impression I got was that you were really supposed to really fall in love with Cormoran and to sympathize for his character. I never garnered that intended connection. To me The Cuckoo's Calling was a run of the mill mystery thriller that was not a bad read just not a memorable one either.
“How easy it was to capitalize on a person’s own bent for self-destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life.”