So, J.K has pulled the wool over our eyes it would seem. It is now wide knowledge that J. K. Rowling is the real author of Cuckoo's Calling. This revelation has rocketed a novel formerly at a modest but small selling rate into a number 1 bestseller.
To prove that she is just that good an author without all the hype?
To avoid the hype entirely? (Which clearly didn't work)
Although the reviews both before and (obviously) after the revelation seem to be dizzyingly high, you cannot sidestep the fact that before J. K. Rowling was revealed as the author of Cuckoo Calling it only sold 1,500 copies. Crime Fiction is a niche genre I will give her that, but it hardly made an impact.
I must admit to a slight biased view. Although I enjoyed the Harry Potter series there was always something that just didn't sit right with me. However, if this was just a reaction to Rowling's style I have not read casual Vacancy so I cannot make a comparison.
So that's it J.K: damned if you do, damned if you don't.
I did admit to Chris earlier; 'I'll admit it. I am intrigued.' It's on the reading list, and I can only hope that I have the gumption to read Cuckoo's Calling without any presumptions.
Besides, Kate Mills was right when she said it is 'tough' market. No wonder she was dubious of taking on a first time author in this climate.
Why not pop into Spencer Thorn, grab a copy of Cuckoo's Calling and let us know your thoughts..