I know I am way behind in posting my November Book-It (The Psychopath Test; Jon Ronson). The only way I can wiggle out of that commitment is to mention how busy the Garden has been all throughout November and December (thanks to all patrons). I have also been busy rewriting (again) one of my own efforts (the editor still doesn’t like it) and this is driving me further down the path where I will no longer need to read The Psychopath Test, I will be the one tested instead.
But there is good news. A customer (Jan) recently purchased a copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). She sent along her take on the book which I am sharing below. I am happy to talk about Rowling b/c my hat is always off to her. I feel she has done more than anyone else in the last few decades to bring reading enjoyment back to our children.
If anyone else wants to share their take on books, send me a letter like Jan did.
A few weeks ago, I came into your store with my boyfriend and bought The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (i.e. J.K. Rowling). You asked me to email you and let you know what I thought about it.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
I flew through the book, no pun intended. I really enjoyed it. It’s a suicide/murder mystery. It has her usual very long list of characters, each with their own complicated lives; you never know which one is important and which one’s life will interact with the victim’s (Lula Landry, a famous model). She portrays the main characters as gritty with messy lives; in other words, real and interesting.
She starts off with Robin, a minor character, who helps solve the crime but who has very little to do with the main storyline. Robin brings you into contact with Cormoran Strike, the private investigator who is hired by the Lula’s adopted brother. He investigates Lula’s death and brings you to all the other major and minor characters. Some have a direct impact on the victim’s life and death, some don’t.
There’s the adopted brother, John Bristow. He was reviewing a contract for his sister and came to return it to her the night she died. There’s Uncle Ted who hated his niece and nephew. There’s Lula and John’s mother who’s dying, or is she? Could she be faking to deflect suspicion? The Bestigui’s who live in the flat underneath Lula. She’s a coke addict and he’s a film producer with a crush on Lula. Rochelle, who Lula met in rehab. Did she feel indebted to Lula for all that Lula gave her, or was she jealous of Lula’s success? Evan Duffield, the drug addicted on-again off-again boyfriend. And what about Lula’s biological family who she was secretly searching for. Did she find them? Who really are these people? And the list goes on and on…
I never guessed who the culprit really was, although I never do (I’m bad at that). I don’t want to tell you too much in case you want to read it yourself but if you want more details so you can tell other customers who come into the store, let me know and I’ll give you a much more detailed synopsis.