The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
I found out about this book when news hit that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Like everyone, my curiosity was piqued but I was in no rush to check out what her mystery series was about until recently. I guess after going on a historical romance romp, I was in a mood for a mystery thriller marathon so I decided to start reading it shortly after picking up a copy.
Casino Royale (James Bond #1)
By: Ian Fleming
In the first of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.
The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond’s fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.
Suffice to say I’ve been wanting to read one of the James Bond novels for as long as I’ve known that the movies were based off books. Book covers would change, milestones would be reached, and still I kept on pushing off reading anything from the series. It was only recently with my family marathoning the movies that I decided to finally pick up one of the novels to read 😛
By: Catherine Chanter
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA
From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well—the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.
Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.
Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.
Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.
I found out about this book from the publishers. It sounded interesting, a mix of suspense and a post-apocalyptic world of sorts. I was provided with an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 19 May 2015.
Here we are again, another batch of mini-reviews that couldn’t possibly warrant their own review posts. This also is likely the last one of the year seeing as we’re in the last quarter of the year, things are busy on my end, and my to-read pile is still pretty tall 😉 Included in this batch of reviews are:
This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge & the Everything España 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in. May contain some spoilers ahead!
By: Ian McEwan
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy
Serena Frome, the beautiful mathematician daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge before taking a job with MI5 in London. The year is 1972: Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism; the Cold War has entered a moribund phase but the fight goes on and British Intelligence hesitates at little to influence hearts and minds. MI5 sends Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, on a secret mission that brings her to Tom Healy, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? What is deception and who is deceiving whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage–trust no one.
Oh, man, this book has been on my to-read pile for the last…two? three? years. I kept putting it off for some reason–likely school-related, then just wasn’t in the mood to read it–but I was excited to check it out. I’ve loved Ian McEwan’s books–Atonement (review) is one of my favourite novels ever–though it is a bit of a hit and miss sometimes (didn’t really enjoy Saturday, for example). But I finally got around to reading this book now, yay!