Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith (Pseduonym J.K. Rowling)
Print Length: 656 pages
Audiobook Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
Narrator: Robert Glenister
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.
J.K. Rowl… I mean Robert Galbraith once again kept me on the edge of my seat with a mysterious plot and swoon worthy romance that had me reading way past my bedtime.
Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) takes place immediately following the events of Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3), and follows Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott as they try to decipher whether or not Billy Knight, a young man with a history of mental illness, really did witness the murder of a child years before his unsolicited visit to the detective’s office.
As I think this series is better enjoyed when going in blind, this review will be a bit on the brief side. What I can say is that as with all of Rowling’s novels, Lethal White’s plot is rather complex, so I would suggest reading it when you have time to devour it in just a couple of sittings. Set against the backdrop of the 2012 London Olympics, the entire mystery falls on an event that may or may not have happened. It was interesting to see how Rowling had her detectives working on something with nothing to go on. It gave them more depth, forcing them to find the clues rather than them conveniently falling into their laps.
Speaking of the characters, both Strike and Robin face hard times in their personal and professional lives. I rather enjoyed Strike easing up on his protectiveness of Robin as Rowling wrote such a strong and independent female lead. I felt that Robin was truly able to shine while she was undercover, and by the end of Lethal White she had really hit a stride, professionally speaking. Her personal life however, and that of Strike, is as complicated as it was when first introduced in The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1). I don’t know how many books Rowling has planned for this series but is it too much to ask for just a little bit of happiness romantically for these two characters? I mean, really.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith. Have any mystery thriller recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.