Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
When a troubled young man named Billy asks Cormoran Strike to help him investigate a crime he witnessed as a child, the private eye is left deeply troubled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott — once his assistant, now a partner in the agency — set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward. His newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been; Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.
About: Lethal White was a mystery thriller written by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). It was published on 6/11/2019 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, paperback, 650 pages. The genres are mystery & thriller, private investigators, and fiction.
My Experience: I started reading Lethal White on 7/7/2020 and finished it on 9/9/2020. This book was a great read, though slow paced. I do like the details but the mystery seems to go on forever. I wanted to read at night when all was quiet so that I could enjoy every word and I do seem to read slowly with this book each and every word. Finally in this installment, I like how Strike’s thoughts were on her, yearned for her because I have been waiting for it. I like learning about London in this series, especially how expensive it was to live there and now I finally learned why they don’t want to own a car. Sometimes I hope Strike’s leg wasn’t injured so that he could handle all of the walking his job required. So sad that in every book he fell so publicly and embarrassingly out in the open for anyone to see. I also felt irritated at him for refusing to visit the doctor for his leg! Robin’s complicated marriage was a good lesson about men and love. Time and environment do change a person. It’s awesome how Robin can speak in different voices! I loved those. I like the explanation of the title in the story because I would have never guessed.
This book started with a prologue, continued with Robin’s wedding to Matthew. Strike arrived to rehire Robin but instead unintentionally ruin the wedding celebration for the couple. Then the story began, one year later, following Strike, 38, told in the third person point of view. Since his capture of the serial killer, he’s known as the best private detective in London. His struggling business turned itself around and Robin even received an overdue pay raise. One day a man with a tic came to inform Strike of a crime against a kid he witnessed long ago when he was himself a kid. Strike who couldn’t leave things alone no matter how unlikely it might look, decided to follow up on it. Then the minister came to Strike and hired him to find out dirt on one guy who has been blackmailing him and another guy who wanted him to resign. The alternating view was Robin. Robin’s was to go undercover to find out juicy information for the minister. The same as other books, there were quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
Lethal White was again well written and developed. I enjoyed how detailed the story was written. There were good amounts of recap of his relationship with his half sister Lucy, his childhood, and his mom. I enjoyed the slow build up to the mystery, investigation, detecting, and though the story was slow paced, it was a page turner. I liked Robin’s quick thinking skills when she’s in a jam. Little surprised here and there made the read exciting. From Kinvara, I learned that it’s better to keep busy than bother the husband because he sooner have less respect for her for always in his face and questioning him. Strike’s love life is definitely complicated and I don’t think he shouldn’t be so guarded of his heart like that. My heart goes out to Billy. I’m loving my kids more than ever when stories like this makes me ache for the unloved children. Again the ending is where I waited so long to find out who the bad apple was and no, I couldn’t guess who. I would prefer to know how Robin connected the dots because she couldn’t before. I do recommend this series to everyone!
Pro: page turner, quick thinking, characters well liked, well developed
I rate it 4.5 stars!
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