Lethal White by Robert Galbraith Review

Title: Lethal White

Author: Robert Galbraith

Narrator: Robert Glenister

Publisher:  Hachette Audio

Format: Audiobook

Publication Date: September 18th, 2018

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Audible

“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.

Lethal White was everything I had hoped it would be, I know some people complained about the length but to me this installment was perfect. I loved that it started during Robin’s wedding, as that was something I was so intrigued in. I was worried we’d be starting a year later with just flashbacks or the thoughts of the main characters to fill us in. I really loved that we got to see the whole day. That being said I still hate Matthew, and I’m beyond excited to see what the next book holds.

This mystery was also completely different from those that came in the first 3 books. This didn’t feel like a typical mystery, and once again I was left completely in the dark about the ‘who-dunnit’. It’s a great feeling to be surprised especially since I’m usually so quick to pick up on that aspect in mysteries/thrillers. I also cannot imagine what Galbraith(Rowling) had to go through to plot this book out. This would have to be a giant wall covered in pins and threads just to keep everyone guessing!

One of my biggest applauds of the series is keeping Robert Glenister on as the narrator. He is brilliant, and it definitely helped make the characters of Cormoron and Robin come alive for me. There’s also a tension and inflection that enriches the story when he’s narrating. There were a couple additions of side characters (although I would have loved more Shanker). We met Vanessa in previous books, but I liked that she and Robin became friends. It was always something that bothered me, because Robin’s whole life was Matthew. Over the last 4 books we’ve come to see that she has built her own life separate. I also really loved Barclay, he was a great addition. A little bit mischief maker but a solidly dependable undercover agent. Loved it.

I cannot heap praise on this book enough. It was a fantastic following up, and I can only hope the series continues on so well. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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“Pretending you’re OK when you aren’t isn’t strength.”
“Well, that’s where you’re wrong,” Robin contradicted him. The champagne had fizzed on her tongue and seemed to give her courage even before it hit her brain. “Sometimes, acting as though you’re all right, makes you all right. Sometimes you’ve got to slap on a brave face and walk out into the world, and after a while it isn’t an act anymore, it’s who you are. If I’d waited to feel ready to leave my room after—you know,” she said, “I’d still be in there. I had to leave before I was ready.”
― Robert Galbraith, Lethal White