Title: Lethal White
Author: Robert Galbraith
Series: Cormoran Strike
“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. 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.
I think this is my favourite Strike novel yet!
Yes, it’s reallly long but that’s no bad thing, and one of many reasons why I love it; I felt like I could get completely lost in the story knowing there were so many pages of the author’s writing to enjoy, laid out before me! The legnth also means, I feel, that the author could be far more descriptive (but not in that annoying way that some authors write, where every sentence could have been cut in half), and also include lots more information about Strike and Robin’s relationship dyamics – this just made me feel like I got to know them both even better as the novel went on! As with Galbraith/ Rowling’s other series, the characters are the absolute best part of this novel; I love reading about them and would happily read many, many more novels in this series.
The mystery itself is once again gripping and intriguing, though much more complicated than previous books in my opinion. I have to admit I found myself losing track of what exactly was going on part way through, but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment at all. I felt that the story was quite believable and not too dramatic/ crazy in the vein of other books in this genre that I’ve read recently.
Lethal White is another excellent addition to this fantastic series – I hugely enjoyed reading it, having relished every page, and already can’t wait for book 5!