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.
First of all, I want to say that I haven’t read all the books in this series. I read the first one years ago when it came out and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. But then, I watched the tv series last year and I really enjoyed it, especially because of Cormoran and Robin, whose relationship I adored.
As I knew what was going on because of the tv series, I decided to read the fourth book, Lethal White. When it arrived, I couldn’t believe it was almost 700 pages. Surely, JK Rowling is following the same path as with the Harry Potter books. But would Lethal White be as entertaining as the latter HP novels? I couldn’t wait to find out.
This was a buddy read with a friend and I’m not proud to say that it took us almost three weeks to finish it. I started another book while I was reading Lethal White, but it wasn’t really a matter of lack of time, it was just SO LONG that I never felt I was making progress.
The plot was super addictive at first (the mystery of Billy was what made me want to keep reading) but as I kept on reading, I realized the main mystery was a political storyline that I didn’t really enjoy that much. Halfway through the book, the intrigue picked up and it became more engaging because of a sudden death that left me wondering what had happened.
Overall, I would say that this book interested me more because of Cormoran and Robin’s personal lives than because of the mystery storyline. I truly believe this novel could’ve been like 50% shorter and the result would’ve been the same. And that’s a pity because I really like JK Rowling, and I love Robin and Cormoran, but unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine.
Thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review