Lethal White – Robert Galbraith – 2018 – Mystery
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’ve been waiting for this book since it was released in September and had it on hold from the library so I’m so glad that for the most part I enjoyed it.
My favourite things about the book:
1. Olympics fever! This book is set in 2012 and I loved looking back on the Olympics spirit that the UK was gripped in.
2. I thought this book went back to the first in that the mystery was more concrete than the others, particularly the 3rd.
3. I’m very satisfied with the way things work out in Robin’s personal life. I can’t wait to see how things go with her next book.
5. I liked the backdrop of characters from the political sphere. While I find the upper class characters difficult to relate to, it is entertaining to see these characters get upset over the tiniest issues.
Things I didn’t like so much:
This is a long book! I’m not interested in the relationship between Robin and Strike and I felt like it took up about 200 pages with story that I don’t care about. It kept dragging me out of the mystery, and while one of the things I love about the Harry Potter series is the character development, I don’t understand why there has to be a romance in this series.
Despite the length I really enjoyed this book and it’s my second favourite in the series (after Cuckoo’s Calling) because I felt like it was a proper mystery again. It was also the first time I’ve guessed the killer’s identity before the conclusion, which was satisfying!