Over the past week we’ve been asking you to tell us what you think of J.K. Rowling’s new book The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Now, the reviews are in!
Several of you responded to us via our official Twitter and reviews were largely positive:
@Hypable Brilliant, with a very Agatha Christie-esque ending. The writing sounded so much like Jo that it hurt, and the humor was spot on.
— Margaux (@Margiggles) July 25, 2013
@Hypable loved the humour, loved that the main character was so flawed. Wasn't too pleased w/ the info dump @ the end, but maybe thts jst me
— pizza (@leannalikescats) July 25, 2013
@Hypable quick fun read! Loved it so much and murder mystery's are always a good read
— Lucy (@lucyhopko) July 25, 2013
@Hypable Tightest, strongest plotting I've seen in a contemporary mystery novel. Play of socioeconomic dynamics throughout interesting. 4/5.
— Jason L. (@thejasonology) July 25, 2013
@Hypable It was great. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and the twist ending was definately a surprise. Very Sherlock-esque.
— J (@MusicandHouse) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast I thought it was brilliant. Felt the HP similarities, especially at the end! Can't wait to read the sequel!
— Janaki (@GreatSkies29) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast The book was one of the first in years that completely surprised me with the ending.
— Megan Smith (@Megan_Smith_94) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast I thought the book was extremely well written, it felt so real I thought I was part of the story.
— Savannah Amy (@GirlWthTheTiara) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast A Good Mystery Novel and a treat for fans of the genre. Still not the book that will turn the HP Fandom into the Rowling Fandom
— I'll Miss Mugglecast (@SirCarlosFlores) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast Just finished it, and loved it. The world and characters felt just as real and captivating as in HP. Can't wait for the sequel!
— Alexander Ohlsson (@qralex) July 25, 2013
@MuggleCast I read it in a couple days. It was a great who done it… Plenty of great Red Herrings we got used to in HP. Ending is shocking
— Justin Noel (@Jagnoel87) July 25, 2013
We also received a couple of e-mails about The Cuckoo’s Calling.
“I thought the writing was brilliant by JKR for The Cukoo’s Calling. I was sure I knew who the murderer was and then was pleasantly surprised and astounded when I was wrong. JKR’s use of misdirection in the HP books definitely worked in this novel too. Not only was there a murder mystery to keep me turning the pages but other mysteries that JKR has left unsolved for future books. For example, Robin’s background and her future with Matthew, Strike’s family history and war experiences, and the one I am most curious about is Brian Mathers who sends death threats weekly to Strike. Answers to all of these mysteries will keep me waiting anxiously for the next book in the series.”
And Josh said:
“Rowling has successfully managed to break away from Potter by providing a strong introduction to her new principal characters of Robin and Strike. I found it reads similarly to other contemporary crime authors and definitely picks up pace in the second half. One slight annoyance was that, I think to mark this an adult novel, there is a surfeit of profanity beyond what was necessary to establish characters; which seemed to detract from the reading at times. In spite of this, she has created a gripping series for crime fans to look forward to continue reading.”
J.K. Rowling surprised the world on July 13 when she revealed she had written a new book called The Cuckoo’s Calling under a pseudonym and published it in April.