My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The very thing that crossed my mind when I began to read this is, ‘I really do hope J K Rowling even in her alter state as Robert Galbraith is not going the Harry Potter way, each book becoming bigger and bigger so much that it is even difficult to hold in hand’. But we all know she’s a master storyteller. To hold a generation of people in thrall waiting and waiting for a book to be released, the frenzy she managed to create with her Harry Potter series is quite possibly insurmountable. And it is exactly this reason that makes reading Lethal White such a pleasure and not a chore for all the 650 pages that it encompasses.
For a thriller to be this long and still manage to give satisfaction to the reader is an immense talent.
There’s focus on the relationship between Cormoran and Robin and the mystery actually starts somewhere about halfway thru the book and there are lots of political viewpoints and topics covered. But what I actually loved about this book is this,
So many marital relationships are shown, the focus being Pairs that there’s a sense of sadness after closing the book. Of course, Robin, you go Gal!!
The series is definitely growing in strength.
“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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