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Discussion Questions: The Cuckoo’s Calling
In this book, the author is writing about love and grief and how to deal with it. Each of the characters is wallowing in grief of one kind or another, and some in more obvious ways than others. How did this grief influence the actions between characters?
Robin is engaged to Matthew, who we rarely see in the book. What are your impressions of Matthew? Do you feel that Robin’s feelings about him change during the story? What do you think will happen (in light of an impending sequel)?
Sir and Lady Bristow adopted Lula after the death of one of their other adopted sons. It is implied that Lady Bristow knew there was a chance John had killed his adopted brother. What were the reasons Lady Yvette adopted Lula in spite of this? What do you think of her decision?
Related question: What were the significance of the children to Sir and Lady Bristow?
In this story, many people are out for fame and /or fortune no matter who gets hurt in the process. A (very) few of the characters were not, and were genuinely concerned. Was there a character that surprised you by their greed or the opposite, their temperance or generosity?
How important is the setting to the story? How would the story have been different if it was set in the USA? If set in Russia? If set in China?
Which character did you most sympathize with and why? Were there any characters you had absolutely no sympathy for and why? Were there any expendable characters in the story that you could have done without? And everyone’s favorite question: Of all the characters, which would you punch in the face if you could?
JK Rowling is most known for the Harry Potter series. Some writers venture outside their notable genre and do not do as well while others have wild success. Which do you think this was for JK Rowling? Did this book live up to your expectation? Would you read other mysteries by her?
Why do you think JK Rowling wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith for this novel? Would you have picked up this book if you didn’t know it was her? Do you feel that knowing who the author really was influenced how you felt about the book? Did that opinion change after you finished the book? The fact that Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling was “leaked” before the books release. Did this help her or hurt her? Was the “leak” a publicity stunt?
Were you surprised by the ending or did you figure it out ahead of time? If you figured it out ahead of time what was your biggest clue? If you were surprised who did you think was the murderer and why?