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“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 “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.


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“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 “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.

30 review for Lethal White

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)

    Gimme *grabby hands*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adina

    Lethal White, the 4th volume in Cormoran Strike series, kept me at the edge of the seat/bed during the past 4 days. I think it is the best so far although some parts could have been trimmed by the editor. It starts to resemble the Harry Potter series, with each book longer and longer. If this one has 650 pages I hope the next will not have 800 or more. Rowling talent as a storyteller in so I was never bored but still, the plot could have been a bit more intense with a bit less filler. The novel Lethal White, the 4th volume in Cormoran Strike series, kept me at the edge of the seat/bed during the past 4 days. I think it is the best so far although some parts could have been trimmed by the editor. It starts to resemble the Harry Potter series, with each book longer and longer. If this one has 650 pages I hope the next will not have 800 or more. Rowling talent as a storyteller in so I was never bored but still, the plot could have been a bit more intense with a bit less filler. The novel starts with the ending of A Career of Evil, namely the wedding between the Asshole and Robin. J.K. Rawling managed to create one of the most irritating characters I’ve ever read that it is hard for me to believe it can be found in real life. Anyways, after the drama at the wedding the plot moves one year forward when Cormoran’s services are sought by a young, psychotic boy who wants to hire the detective to uncover a hanging he thought he witnessed when he was very young. Although the boy was mentally ill, Cormoran’s instinct tells him that the story is not wholly invented and from the little he got from the youngster’s chaotic mind he manages to identify his brother, a dedicated socialist and activist. From here the plot gets more an more complicated, involving politics, blackmail, upper class dynamics and murder. The plot is very complex, there are many threads in the plot that do not seem to be connected until the end, as it is written in the blurb it is very ambitious in scope. Off course, JKR added to this mix the personal lives of Cormoran and Robin who are even more tumultuous then in the previous books. I love this series and the author so I can’t wait to read the next one. However, I hope it will be a bit shorter and more intense.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Roses r Red, Violets r Blue, the Cover's Green just to suite you.💚💚 Strike & Robin are back for their biggest case so far.. ..that's full of Red Herrings & White Horses. LETHAL WHITE A Minister getting blackmailed, Riot in the Olympics, Mysterious Murder..Goblet of Fire, 's that you?! Also, more unexpected twists into the personal life of Strike & Robin... Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as I used to since my first read, Oct. 2013. Lethal White is 2 Parts book, 2 Cases..not t Roses r Red, Violets r Blue, the Cover's Green just to suite you.💚💚 Strike & Robin are back for their biggest case so far.. ..that's full of Red Herrings & White Horses. LETHAL WHITE A Minister getting blackmailed, Riot in the Olympics, Mysterious Murder..Goblet of Fire, 's that you?! Also, more unexpected twists into the personal life of Strike & Robin... Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as I used to since my first read, Oct. 2013. Lethal White is 2 Parts book, 2 Cases..not totally separate but essentially different to investigate... The story truly sprawling this time... the cases are very complicated with many things needs to accomplished... The Characters facing much harder times, both in their personal lifes...and the professional ones, due to the high political rank of the client this time.. it face serious risks. The Places are even more important and unexpected to be in... All in all... it's truly one hell of a story this time... Mohammed Arabey 19 September 2018 For more on the amazing chemistry duos... the pre-reviews 2 years ago in the spoiler below.. (view spoiler)[ As a teenager in the 90s, most of my peers' favorite love couples stories were Romeo & Julie, Rose & Jack -Dawson,dahh-,Ross & Rachel, Tom & Nicole -Brangelina wasn't there yet-, etc..but not for me.. It was just Mulder & Scully, I was obsessed by their bond,can't describe it & that's not the place, but for years I never loved a couple as much as that kind.. And Then there was Cormoran Strike & Robin Ellacott.. Also I never waited for sequels as eager as for this amazing series Since the Harry Potter.. So Happy Valentine's Day Cormoran & Robin... we can't wait to know what will happen after the cliffhanger of Book Three. Mohammed Arabey 14 February 2016 The drawings of Robin and Stike's source (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I hate it when they change cover designs mid series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    "J. K. Rowling is working on a 4th book in the series."

  6. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    confession: there are times when i feel like i am an unreliable rater/reviewer. j.k. rowling practically gave me my childhood, so i feel like the least i could do to thank her is by reading and giving all of her books 5 stars. to say im biased would be an understatement. but in the case of this book, i can say, with good conscience, it deserves all 5 of those stars. i was worried when JKR first began writing for adults, especially under the crime/mystery genre. but four books of this series have confession: there are times when i feel like i am an unreliable rater/reviewer. j.k. rowling practically gave me my childhood, so i feel like the least i could do to thank her is by reading and giving all of her books 5 stars. to say im biased would be an understatement. but in the case of this book, i can say, with good conscience, it deserves all 5 of those stars. i was worried when JKR first began writing for adults, especially under the crime/mystery genre. but four books of this series have proven that she can write whatever she wants and it will be bloody brilliant. one thing i think she does really well, and with this book in particular, is how complex her stories are. no one could dare call her a lazy writer. the plot for this was so intricately crafted and it was absolutely remarkable how everything was woven together. the book blurb doesnt even scratch the surface of what this story entails - there was just so much, so many layers. and i think because of that, the book did get to be a little lengthy. 650 pages is massive for a mystery/thriller novel. some parts did seem to drag and there was a lot that i felt could have been omitted. but regardless of length, this book always captured my attention. the last paragraph definitely hinted at the beginning of a new case, so i am very excited to see what robin and strike get up to in the next book. fingers crossed it wont be another three year wait to find out! ↠ 4.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    A little too long and overly complicated mystery BUT still well worth the read! Lethal White picks up shortly after where Career of Evil ends at Robin and Matthew's wedding. Then the plot fast-forwards to a year later when London is preparing to host the Olympics. Strike is now famous and business is flourishing. Robin, on the other hand, is suffering from PTSD and is living in a state of misery. Two cases are at the forefront, while some side cases also get some attention. There is a lot goin A little too long and overly complicated mystery BUT still well worth the read! Lethal White picks up shortly after where Career of Evil ends at Robin and Matthew's wedding. Then the plot fast-forwards to a year later when London is preparing to host the Olympics. Strike is now famous and business is flourishing. Robin, on the other hand, is suffering from PTSD and is living in a state of misery. Two cases are at the forefront, while some side cases also get some attention. There is a lot going on, with many characters to keep track of. While the mysteries eventually come together, at times I was lost when trying to keep up. Characters from previous installments also pop up, including revolting Charlotte and idiotic Matthew. I also found the plot to be drawn out and the pacing, at times, to be rather slow. However, things do pick up in the second half. I read this series because I love Strike and Robin’s characters, as well as their chemistry. They are both multidimensional and believable. It feels like there was finally some forward movement with their relationship, but it remains to be seen how things will progress. While there are some flaws, all in all, I was so happy to read this and I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rincey

    650 PAGES IS TOO MANY PAGES FOR A MYSTERY NOVEL. That being said, JKR puts together a damn good mystery and I loved all of the actual mystery parts of this story. She is the *best* at creating great and interesting and fun characters. (More Barclay in the next book, kthnx) However, I think that JKR is pretty terrible at writing romance (don't @ me) and I very, very, very much do not love the whole Robin/Strike pairing and everything surrounding those parts of the story or anything dealing with Ro 650 PAGES IS TOO MANY PAGES FOR A MYSTERY NOVEL. That being said, JKR puts together a damn good mystery and I loved all of the actual mystery parts of this story. She is the *best* at creating great and interesting and fun characters. (More Barclay in the next book, kthnx) However, I think that JKR is pretty terrible at writing romance (don't @ me) and I very, very, very much do not love the whole Robin/Strike pairing and everything surrounding those parts of the story or anything dealing with Robin and Strike's separate relationships. They are a great partnership and the scenes with them solving crimes together are always fantastic, but I do not enjoy the romantic aspect that is super amped up in this one. (Although I know plenty of other people love them as a pairing so you'll probably enjoy those parts of the story) TL;DR - Great mystery, but I will scream if the next book in this series is this long.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I can't even remember the last time I was so impatient for the next book in a series to be released.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This should have been a magnificent book, but in the end I am giving it four stars and saying it was very good indeed. The one star deduction is for the way the book began. At first it was just so slow - not a lot happened and Robin's endless monologues about whether she loved him or not ( and there are two possible hims there) went on and on. And on. Then we started to get into the meat of the story and crimes were committed, people went undercover, some characters acted really badly, some had t This should have been a magnificent book, but in the end I am giving it four stars and saying it was very good indeed. The one star deduction is for the way the book began. At first it was just so slow - not a lot happened and Robin's endless monologues about whether she loved him or not ( and there are two possible hims there) went on and on. And on. Then we started to get into the meat of the story and crimes were committed, people went undercover, some characters acted really badly, some had their lives threatened and it all became very entertaining. Rowling's greatest talent is in writing very involved and intricate plot lines which always come together so neatly in the end. She did it perfectly in Harry Potter and she does it again here. In fact, as the book ended, it was so good that I forgot my slight displeasure with the opening chapters. But I keep notes and they reminded me so it is still four not five stars. It's a great book though and very much worth reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    Buddy read with Ran. Updates: 10/08/2018 | 10/09/2018 (p. 57) | 10/10/2018 (p. 92) | 10/11/2018 (p. 129) | 10/12/2018 (p. 151) | 10/13/2018 (p. 194) | 10/14/2018 (p. 223) | 10/15/2018 (p. 265) | 10/16/2018 (p. 332) | 10/17/2018 (p. 363) | 10/18/2018 (p. 418)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lesia Joukova

    UPD: This is how I find out?! From a newsletter on Bookdepository?!! Release date: 18th September 2018. Could I BE any more excited?? Yes, I'm stooping that low! I'm using GIFs now because there are no words to express how much I'm waiting for this book, I need more of Robin and Cormoran and their unusual relationship. I'm sure that so many things are going to go down in the next one because I can't stand suspense any longer... aaaah!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Strike & Robin are back! This is the fourth novel in the "Cormoran Strike" book series. POLITICS & FAMILY DON'T MIX Cormoran Strike has become a famous detective in London, thanks to his success of catching the fearsome "Shacklewell Ripper"; and after re-hiring Robin Ellacott as her main partner, now he has even had to sub-contract other people to be able to cope with all the cases that have come to his office. But despite that apparent bonanza of work, nothing has prepared Cormoran Stri Strike & Robin are back! This is the fourth novel in the "Cormoran Strike" book series. POLITICS & FAMILY DON'T MIX Cormoran Strike has become a famous detective in London, thanks to his success of catching the fearsome "Shacklewell Ripper"; and after re-hiring Robin Ellacott as her main partner, now he has even had to sub-contract other people to be able to cope with all the cases that have come to his office. But despite that apparent bonanza of work, nothing has prepared Cormoran Strike for his most bizarre case to date, starting with whom takes the case to him, it is certainly his strangest (and unreliable) "client" to date... ...and in this detective book series is saying a lot. When Billy Knight, a troubled and paranoid young man, comes to Cormoran’s office to ask for his help investigating a murder he believes he witnessed as a child... ...however his testimony is hard to follow, and even worse when Billy escapes from Cormoran's office. Cormoran finds out that Billy is part of the Chiswell family, powerful in the fields of money and political influence, so he suspects that something must be behind of the erratic comments of Billy about a murder. Robin Ellacot is still emotionally dealing with her shock, in the previous novel, for not saying that her newly marriage is a quite shaky house of cards; but she must assume her new detective mission of going undercover in the viper's nest-like Chiswell manor. Fresh blackmails about crimes that weren't illegal when done, in the middle of seeking political power, will turn upside down the Chiswell family... ...and never will be the same.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    ✨Pre-reading shenanigans.✨ • An extract has just been released and 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩! That is all! https://www.theguardian.com/books/201... You’re welcome! • WE FINALLY HAVE A RELEASE DATE! GOOD GOD THIS TOOK YONKS BUT I’M SO HAPPY IT IS BEING PUBLISHED THIS YEAR!

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Ross

    I really love the Cormoran Strike series. That is why I am so excited for the next book in the series. Lethal White has been the longest we have to wait so far. To satiate my excitement I have created fan-made covers for both US and UK Editions. US Edition UK Edition

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    This was an okay crime story, but as I was reading “Lethal White” I couldn’t help but be frustrated by the fact that this book was TOO LONG! 600+ pages to tell a crime story is too long when the plot is so dense and the different storylines so intricate. Interwoven with that we get the story of Robin’s and Strike’s continued partnership which was another thing that quite frustrated me: This book was a case of dumb decision-making based on misunderstandings that could have been solved if only the This was an okay crime story, but as I was reading “Lethal White” I couldn’t help but be frustrated by the fact that this book was TOO LONG! 600+ pages to tell a crime story is too long when the plot is so dense and the different storylines so intricate. Interwoven with that we get the story of Robin’s and Strike’s continued partnership which was another thing that quite frustrated me: This book was a case of dumb decision-making based on misunderstandings that could have been solved if only the characters had communicated! On the plus-side, though, this book gives you another story set in London, following Strike as he goes through painful experiences with his prothesis and late nights (yet again!), and Robin whose passion for her job is admiring. But in the end, this was a book I was reading just to finish it, not a book I was reading because I absolutely needed to know how things would end. That’s a shame, but at least I finished it and enjoyed my reading experience for the most part.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)

    For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =) Warning, spoilers ahead! But only for Cormoran/Robin stuff. I didn’t spoil the mystery. That defeats the purpose. Themes for Cormoran: - Getting the agency stable financially  -->This leads him to take on a case that is lucrative instead of the usual ones guided by his morals. --->The case involves digging up dirt on a politician who is beloved by the people. -Distracting himself with a comfortable relationship with Lorelei (I call her hi For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =) Warning, spoilers ahead! But only for Cormoran/Robin stuff. I didn’t spoil the mystery. That defeats the purpose. Themes for Cormoran: - Getting the agency stable financially  -->This leads him to take on a case that is lucrative instead of the usual ones guided by his morals. --->The case involves digging up dirt on a politician who is beloved by the people. -Distracting himself with a comfortable relationship with Lorelei (I call her his bedwarmer, since he won’t let her in emotionally) -->Cormoran has come to terms with his feelings for Robin, though he’s careful to keep those feelings in check given that Robin is now married to Matt. Hence why Lorelei is simply a distraction. It’s like he’s waiting, though that’s never outright admitted. Cormoran as always is stable and predictable (not in a bad way). I love his googly-eyed Robin moments, because that is definitely a change for him. It’s more obvious this time. Charlotte of course makes a couple appearances, and I have a feeling she’ll be a problem during the next novel. Themes for Robin: - PTSD from the last book (re: strangling episode) - Altered dynamic with Cormoran: She wears a cloak of professionalism and distance for most of the book, worried about whether she actually has feelings for Cormoran, and whether she’ll get sacked again due to her panic attacks - Matt - She realizes she doesn’t love him, but feels obligated to try and make it work. -->Partly because of the expensive wedding her parents paid for, partly because of the sense of failure, and partly out of pity for Matt Matt as always is jealous and petulant, continually judging Robin for her job. Nothing new there, except Robin is finally awake to it. There’s a theme of self-discovery and independence throughout this round for Robin. I love it! Her work is the most important thing to her, and she spends so much time trying to protect her job from the things she feels will threaten it––Cormoran, who she thinks will sack her if he catches on to her panic attacks, and Matt, who will give her grief in a mountain of I-told-you-so. She’d trying to be a rock, and sees her issues as a weakness. It leads to a lot of frustration, but Robin remains one of my favorite protagonists ever. These minor frustrations don’t detract at all from the fact that she is so darn likable. The dynamic As I mentioned earlier, there’s so much distance between them. There’s a huge lack of communication between Cormoran and Robin, and so many misunderstandings as a result. Robin is jealous of Lorelei, and it affects almost all of their interactions. She doesn’t know that Lorelei is just a distraction for Cormoran, who is trying to forget that he can’t have Robin. And Cormoran has no clue that she’s continually on the cusp of calling it quits with Matt. If she did––if they’d fricken’ communicate––both of their frustrations would be over so quickly. But their situation is complex. Robin needs time to sort out her failing marriage. Cormoran enjoys bedwarmers, which can send mixed signals. If it weren’t for mixed signals and zero communication, they’d have ended up together during this novel (and yes, that’s me admitting that they’re not a couple in the end). Even though much of the novel is spent in distance, there are glimpses that give gratification. I loved the fulfillment it gave in the beginning––the moments where it’s so clear that Cormoran and Robin are jonesing for each other. It took so long for them to realize it. It doesn’t play out like a romance novel and give you what you want quickly (yes, that’s a good thing). It’s quintessential slow-burn, friends-to-lovers route. If these two were too much like magnets, and there was any component of instant gratification, I’d be annoyed. It’s building, and there’s progress. There’s no feeling of will-they-won’t-they. It’ll happen, slowly but surely. The build is realistic, and you can see the pieces coming together. It’s fulfilling, really. Political themes This book reminded how objective J.K. is. The case they’re on involves a lot of politics, and it’s clear which side she leans since out protags seem to lean that way too but not in a zealous way. Robin points out the inconsistency with choosing this case, since they’re working for the “bad guys” (bigger paycheck and all), but Cormoran maintains that their jobs are consistently one big gray area and it’s no different this time. While he’s not chosen a job based on payout before, it shouldn’t matter that he does so now. I wonder if J.K. preemptively added hard left characters to balance the hard right knowing that she’d be criticized without it being even on both sides. There’s corruption on the left and the right at the highest levels of government, and flaws within the grassroots movements too. With how vocal J.K. is on political matters, and how much these topics are prevalent right now, I’m not surprised that it’s a major theme in the latest round of this saga. Compared with the show The thing I fault with the show is that the arcs are too abrupt. The mystery is solved without the proper build-up and the slow coming together of the plot. And logistically, I get that there’s probably just not enough time to convert the complexity of her stories into a T.V. show, but it still weakens the plot. However, the show does have an edge in lessening confusion because you can put a face to the many names involved in each story, and there’s a certain amount of happiness that comes from actually being able to see the story unfold. The novel is more work; seriously, there’s a lot of names to try and keep straight. But the ending feels so much more fulfilling.  The plot There are predictable moments that occur in the interpersonal scenes, but it’s not unlike must-see destinations on a trip. Kind of like how you wouldn’t miss going to see the Eiffel Tower if you went to Paris. Just like vacations have highlights, this book also had scenarios I wanted to watch play out, and I feel like the book would’ve been incomplete without them. It’s a series, and I think that expectation just goes along with it. For example, I wanted Robin to have a scene in her green dress. Check. Cormoran and Robin go on a road trip in the Land Rover. Check. That predictability doesn’t extend to the plot though; the actual murder mystery parts of it felt impossible for me to predict. I’m still baffled by how something so complex can come from one person’s brain. There’s a moment where Cormoran is trying to get Robin to see the trends; he points out all of the clues in succession, and he’s basically like, “See it yet?” and she’s like, “There’s no possible way these things connect.” I felt the same way. Until the ending was laid out for me bit by bit, I had no clue what had happened. Cormoran is basically Sherlock; humans with normal brains can’t connect the dots like he can. If there are any plot holes, only Cormoran would be able to find them. My puny brain wouldn’t have a clue where to start. Side note Lethal white refers to horsey stuff. Again, another element I couldn’t predict. I thought it would refer to drug stuff. Lethal white syndrome is in pure white foals that are born with defective bowels. They live long enough that the mare gets attached to them, but they can’t pass feces and inevitably die. I won’t spoil why the book is named that, and I definitely didn’t give you enough info to spoil the mystery. Verdict I’m in love with this series and doubt my ability to remain unbiased. And up against the genius that is J.K. Rowling, I don’t feel qualified to criticize. I mean, I hated The Casual Vacancy, but that’s different. It just wasn’t my thing. I wouldn’t criticize that either, because I’m sure it’s brilliant, though it left me depressed as hell. But this series is thrilling and fulfilling, and apparently will outnumber Harry Potter, so I’m in for the long haul.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    I’m not a big Harry potter fan and though have seen all the films I’ve yet to turn a page of any of the books. I’m just not into magic spells and all that malarkey. But I do admire the cleverness J. K. Rowling shows in developing a set of stories – a whole world, in fact – that has gripped so many people. My son is one of them; he’s also the reason I’ve watched the films - and played the spin-off video games too. But all of that aside, I admire Rowling most for having the versatility, the imagin I’m not a big Harry potter fan and though have seen all the films I’ve yet to turn a page of any of the books. I’m just not into magic spells and all that malarkey. But I do admire the cleverness J. K. Rowling shows in developing a set of stories – a whole world, in fact – that has gripped so many people. My son is one of them; he’s also the reason I’ve watched the films - and played the spin-off video games too. But all of that aside, I admire Rowling most for having the versatility, the imagination and the wit to write crime fiction of this standard. She does so, of course, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. The first and third books in this series are outstanding (for some reason I’ve so far managed to skip book two) and this tale is as well told and as riveting as the others. London based private detective Cormoran Strike is visited by a very fidgety and distressed man who tells him that as a boy he witnessed a young girl being strangled and buried. Almost as soon as he’s blurted this out he runs out of strike’s office, but not before he provides a cryptic clue as the the child’s burial site. So begins this complex but highly engaging story. At first Strike seemed to me to be an unlikely front man - partially disabled and ex-army his demeanour seemingly set semi-permanently to gruff – but I quickly warmed to him. He is tough, as you’d expect, but has a soft side and he brings humour to the party too. The only slightly odd element here is that despite his physical setbacks he seems to attract a stream of beautiful woman. An ongoing sub-plot here is the mutual attraction between Strike and his female assistant, Robin. And this time around their non-relationship is a central part of the book, with the will they, won’t they debate raging on throughout. I won’t go into the detail of what happens but suffice to say there’s a left wing versus right wing political theme knocking around amidst a tangled web of intrigue Agatha Christie would have been proud of. It’s a long book, but I didn’t mind that. I’d have been happy to plough on for quite a few more chapters, such was my enjoyment. Strike really is up there, now, with Ian Rankin’s John Rebus as the top crime stopper Britain has to offer. Now I really must go and search out book two.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sterling

    I have been very stingy with 5 star rating recently. But this book absolutely deserves to be rated 5 stars. I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. If you love great murder mysteries with very interesting and intriguing characters, look no further. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy this book, although I would highly recommend it. This will be in the running as one of the best books I have read this year, and I have read over 100 boo I have been very stingy with 5 star rating recently. But this book absolutely deserves to be rated 5 stars. I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. If you love great murder mysteries with very interesting and intriguing characters, look no further. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy this book, although I would highly recommend it. This will be in the running as one of the best books I have read this year, and I have read over 100 books already. This book gets my highest recommendation. This is the best one in this series so far.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Oooh... I waited for this book to be out with such anticipation! Dropped my other reads to get through this. Overall, it turned out to be a let down. I expected a compete blowmybrainsout read, but this was just an OK read at best. It starts with Robin's wedding... The wedding part was tense enough and got me absorbed in the book right away. But once that fizzled out, the whole Strike-Robin story took a dip down and had me rather annoyed with the pair more than anything else. There was nothing in t Oooh... I waited for this book to be out with such anticipation! Dropped my other reads to get through this. Overall, it turned out to be a let down. I expected a compete blowmybrainsout read, but this was just an OK read at best. It starts with Robin's wedding... The wedding part was tense enough and got me absorbed in the book right away. But once that fizzled out, the whole Strike-Robin story took a dip down and had me rather annoyed with the pair more than anything else. There was nothing in the development of their storyline that would have kept me excited. It was very, very predictable state of affairs. More so, I didn't feel it. It just wasn't exciting... So leaving the personal stories aside, let's move to the thriller side of it. That part was not bad. But that's as much as I am going to give it. Again, it didn't feel much of a "thriller". Some twists were good, some not so good. I think overall, the plot felt like the author tried too hard attempting to twist and turn it all, and at times the whole lot got tangled in knots. The writing felt a bit forceful too. So, after all that waiting... Yeah, it was ok, but just about.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Bloated: "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith I couldn't finish Harry Potter. It read to me like an amateur college project: it wasn't story telling, it was paint-by-number narration. It goes to show that if you tap into the right market at the right time then you're going to make a buck or two regardless of any skill or talent. With Harry Potter the first book was tightly edited, but they got progressively worse; the last ones were subje If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Bloated: "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith I couldn't finish Harry Potter. It read to me like an amateur college project: it wasn't story telling, it was paint-by-number narration. It goes to show that if you tap into the right market at the right time then you're going to make a buck or two regardless of any skill or talent. With Harry Potter the first book was tightly edited, but they got progressively worse; the last ones were subject to fame and the publishers let the pace drop massively.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ~*~Meg~*~

    When??? When?!?! WHEN!!?!!?!?!?!?!??? I must know when!!!!!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Marz

    please hurry and release the 4th book, I can't wait to see how Cormoron and Robin's relationship change, if at all haha, love these books!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Maybe 3.5... But also, I just enjoy the crap out of these books, man. It's reached a point that I just am invested in these characters and if you ask me to follow them around watching people, drinking beer, and making the same mistakes over and over gain for 600, I'm going to say, "okay!" That said-- this is overly long, the mystery is so convoluted which will be polarizing though if you've made it to book 4 you already know, and there were so many repeated beats, not only in the mystery but in t Maybe 3.5... But also, I just enjoy the crap out of these books, man. It's reached a point that I just am invested in these characters and if you ask me to follow them around watching people, drinking beer, and making the same mistakes over and over gain for 600, I'm going to say, "okay!" That said-- this is overly long, the mystery is so convoluted which will be polarizing though if you've made it to book 4 you already know, and there were so many repeated beats, not only in the mystery but in the exploration of Robin and Cormoran's relationship. I love these two and I'm intrigued by them together, honestly. I would be okay if they were just friends forever, but I'm not fundamentally opposed to them being romantically involved. THAT SAID, this went on too long. There was too much space dedicated to the same 2-3 things: we are being formal with each other, I think about the other but NO! I CAN'T!, I'm so unhappy in my current relationship. Over and over again. Again, these are characters I love. This is the kind of wordy, description-heavy mystery I enjoy. I loved additions like Barclay. I was hooked on trying to figure out what was going on and I liked the political setting, though as an America, take that for what it is. It wasn't perfect or even the best one yet, but like when is the next one?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    This week has all been about Robin and Strike... finally!! 22.5 hours of them. It was like a big fluffy blanket. It was definitely worth the wait and I am sad that it is over now 😢 I just can't get enough of this series.... now the long wait for the next one begins!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WHEN IS THIS COMING OUT Because I'm tired of waiting. ---------------- HOW DID I MISS THE TITLE REVEAL? this is going to be insane. Bring it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    What a great story. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last installment. The various relationships within the book are just as interesting as the mystery. I felt that the end was a bit quick in explaining what had happened. There were a couple of situations that were added as ways to quickly list out how certain clues fit together and it felt a bit like an info dump. Aside from that, I found the story engaging and did not have it all figured out before the end. I have a couple of wishes for What a great story. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last installment. The various relationships within the book are just as interesting as the mystery. I felt that the end was a bit quick in explaining what had happened. There were a couple of situations that were added as ways to quickly list out how certain clues fit together and it felt a bit like an info dump. Aside from that, I found the story engaging and did not have it all figured out before the end. I have a couple of wishes for the next book based on things that happened in this book. (view spoiler)[ First, please keep Charlotte out of it. I get that she is a horrible person that Cormoran is still hung up on in some ways as his first (and only, so far) love, but she doesn't need to become a primary character. Second, can we have one book where Robin isn't assaulted? I get that was used as a tool to explain to the reader how it all tied together, but honestly that's enough putting the woman's life in danger for now. Thank you. (hide spoiler)] 4.5★ Now to wait forever for the next installment... Older: We have a title! Lethal White. Now if we could get a release date... Edit: Finally!!! A cover, a blurb, and a release date of September 18th of this year! Woot! I believe that is the US release date as well as UK. I sure hope so!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denisse

    5/22/2016: I NEED THIS NOW. CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. *drops on floor* I need it.... *rolls back and forth* now... 5/23/2017: It's been a year and a day since I wrote this and STILL NO COVER. We got a title at least but still! 5/28/2018: This is getting ridiculous. Yet another year has gone by and here I am....slowly dying due to suffering over a cliffhanger. I can barely breathe anymore. My heart is beating slowly. There are no news. No release date. Has this book been forgotten? Are we still gettin 5/22/2016: I NEED THIS NOW. CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. *drops on floor* I need it.... *rolls back and forth* now... 5/23/2017: It's been a year and a day since I wrote this and STILL NO COVER. We got a title at least but still! 5/28/2018: This is getting ridiculous. Yet another year has gone by and here I am....slowly dying due to suffering over a cliffhanger. I can barely breathe anymore. My heart is beating slowly. There are no news. No release date. Has this book been forgotten? Are we still getting it? Will we ever know the resolution to this story? I now realize we got a cover. Oh boy! At least. I can revive for a bit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Just gonna continue marking this series as 'never gonna happen' coz I just don't have time for this trash. 'Galbraith' is a terrible writer. Also I think it's disappointing that women still feel the need to take a false, MALE name because they think it will sell more books. Way to stand up for women. *eyeroll*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was by far my least favorite book in the Cormoran Strike series. This surprised me since each book Ms. Rowling has written for this series has gotten noticeably better as she’s gained knowledge and confidence in this genre. But somehow, rather than write a nice, tight, page-turning mystery, which I’m always on board for, she has written a bloated and convoluted tome with so many irrelevant details included that nothing notable even happened for the first half of the book. How discouraging t This was by far my least favorite book in the Cormoran Strike series. This surprised me since each book Ms. Rowling has written for this series has gotten noticeably better as she’s gained knowledge and confidence in this genre. But somehow, rather than write a nice, tight, page-turning mystery, which I’m always on board for, she has written a bloated and convoluted tome with so many irrelevant details included that nothing notable even happened for the first half of the book. How discouraging this was and what an effort it was for me to keep reading it without much incentive other than the fact that I like Ms. Rowling and her courage in spreading her writing wings. But I hung in there and I also hung onto the fact that I was captured by one character at the beginning who started this mystery off. He was a young man with emotional problems who asked for Strike’s help in solving a murder he felt he may have witnessed as a child, that of a young girl he saw strangled and buried in a dell not far from where he had lived then. But before Strike could even think about pursuing this cold case that could not even be called one since no one had recorded it, another case came his way involving a prominent government official and the threat of blackmail. Unfortunately the characters in this storyline weren’t appealing and neither was what had been happening in the personal lives of Strike and Robin at this point. It wasn’t until the last fourth of the book that I felt the story gained some traction and some focus. Also, something else really grated on my nerves throughout the book which truly detracted from it. How many times must the reader hear about Strike’s amputated leg and the prosthesis that pains him? Apparently, half a dozen times or more in each and every chapter. I certainly felt for him, and I concede that maybe what he goes through in this book is realistic, but it doesn’t make for good fiction when it becomes repetitive and tiresome and interrupts every scene. So I really hope Ms. Rowling can take a lesson from book 3 in her series and restrain herself where this story element is concerned. Was there anything I really liked about this book beyond that one character I spoke about at the beginning? I liked how everything came together at the end for the multiple mysteries, and how things stood with Strike and Robin by the end. I think they’re a fine set of characters, so different from each other, yet somehow they fit well together. I also enjoyed the supporting characters who aided their investigation, adding some quirks to the story. Many others have enjoyed this book much more than I did, so I wouldn’t warn anyone against it. I’d only warn them what they’re in for with the things I felt were on the negative side. Would I read another book in this series? I might. But should the next book be a door stopper like this one at 656 pages, I’d think twice about it and wonder how many of those pages were unnecessary.

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