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"Tedious and boring with a lacklustre ending."
on July 15, 2013
The Cuckoo's Calling wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down no matter what. Quite the contrary, even if it was written by JK Rowling. It's listed as a murder/mystery, and rightly so because there was a murder and the writer kept it a mystery because we didn't find out who actually did it until the last few chapters of the book, but in between I found it at times to be laborious, tedious, and boring. What made it difficult to keep my interest at times (and I don't usually skip pages like I did with this one), was the tedious description that followed some of the dialogue. So much of the dialogue was followed or interrupted with annoying long descriptive prose that it broke the momentum of the interaction between the characters to the point that one had to go back and pickup the dialogue from the previous character and then skip the descriptive prose that followed before continuing with the dialogue from the second person. I got the impression that the author was trying to dazzle me with her ability at writing prose when it wasn't necessary because it bogged down the story. It was just too long and too long winded for my taste.
As far as any twists or turns in the storyline, I didn't see or find any of these features until the author revealed who the killer was. It never had me guessing who I may have thought the killer could be because there wasn't enough information to make a good, qualified guess as to who it was because the character 'Strike' himself didn't really reveal much of what he thought of what he was discovering, either pro or con. Instead, his thoughts always seemed to be on something else because not one clue had that 'wow' factor that made you stand up and take notice (or maybe I just didn't care). Instead, to me, it read like a straight forward "Perry Mason" TV show, where only at the end do you find out who killed who and why. Thrilling? No! Suspenseful? No! Page turner? No! More bland than gripping from the book I read.
It wasn't all bad though. I found the last part of the book, titled 'Part 4' the best section of the book and especially 'Chapter 1' of Part 4, the best with respect to the dialogue when Strike interviewed, Guy Some. At least that was entertaining and the character, 'Some', the best character in the whole book. She actually let the characters carry the story without much of the tedious, long descriptive prose in between speech. Sorry, but no wizardry with this one.
I thought it would have been so much better. JK Rowling is mortal after all, just like all authors.