To wrap up my discussion of The Cuckoo’s Calling I’ll first take a look at the epilogue, and then discuss the book as a whole.
Our final quote this time from Horace’s Odes, ‘Nothing is an unmixed blessing’. So Horace is saying everything is a mixed blessing? I think that is true, you can see good and bad in every situation. And it seems rather true of what’s been happening in this book.
We skip forward to 10 days later. Agyeman returns to England, his father told him on his deathbed that he had a half sibling, and I think it was years later that Lula rang. She wanted to meet him, and on the day of her death, she rang again begging for him to see her. Strike believes that she did so after finding out Bristow likely pushed Charlie when they were kids, resulting in his death. Of course Lula would be looking for someone to turn to, and she was ringing her uncle to see if it was true. Bristow thought he could kill Strike and blame out on the death letters he was receiving, so I think it shows that he was clever, but not too clever since kept Rochelle’s phone, which is going to lead to his conviction.
Robin was supposed to be leaving, but, unsurprisingly (after all there’s a sequel) she sticks around after both of them were trying to figure out how it would work. Though Strike, very generously, gave her that super expensive green dress she tried on, it was meant as a parting gift, but now that she is hanging around, makes it slightly strange. And the end is quite symbolic, as Strike goes to the prosthesis specialist, after putting it off for so long, perhaps suggesting he’s turned a new leaf? We finish we a longer quote for Ulysses, “I am become a name” is the final words. Interesting.
Despite the fact that this took me a while to finish this book I did like it. It took me so long for a number of reasons, such as deciding to blog about it in this format, other books getting in the way, life getting in the way, etc. But, I’m quite happy with the book. It was quite enjoyable and interesting, and I’ll be happy to read more sagas from Strike in the future (I already have The Silkworm). Though I’m unsure whether I’d really want to read lots of them, we’ll have to see if the next one is different enough from the first. I do hope there’s a bit more action in the next book, cause there wasn’t that much here, which is okay, but I do like some action.The Robin-Strike relationship is an interesting one, so much sexual tension. So it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in future novels, I do hope it stays platonic, and that Matthew doesn’t just stay the ‘jealous boyfriend/fiancée’ character.
Honestly, it wasn’t my favourite book, and I don’t think it’s amazing. It’s good, and I liked it, but I wouldn’t rave about it all that much. Though, then again I’m not that well versed in mystery, so my judgement could be off about what is good and what is excellent mystery fiction. I do have to wonder if it would have been published if JK didn’t write it, and someone else did, and it’s obvious that before JK was revealed as the author, it certainly didn’t sell anywhere as many copies. I’m actually really disappointed it was revealed, because it would have been so interesting to see how it developed, and what happened with it. Perhaps there is hope that JK has done it with another series????
Looking through Goodreads (as I seem to do), plenty of people don’t like JK’s ‘adult writing’. While, I actually do like it. I don’t find it too ‘try hard’ as some do, and it’s feels like it flows quite well. I don’t think it comes close to Markus Zusak, but I don’t really have complaints about it. But everyone has personal preferences, so, it’s no real issue.
I think it’s hard to compare this to The Casual Vacancy, they really are such different books, after all it’s a whole different JK persona that this is written under. I think both of them have strengths and weaknesses, but both I have enjoyed, and found them to be very interesting stories. There are similarities to be sure, but both are very different. I definitely would recommend both to people, because they are good.