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Keep them coming! This one was less gory, but kept that tightly wound suspense that made this story an absolute page turner. Many unexpected plot twists were enjoyable to discover.
This was my least favorite of the Comoran Strike detective series, perhaps because of the complexity of the plot. Perhaps it would have been better had I read it in larger chunks, over a shorter period of time. The characters--Strike and Robin--remain appealing.
It's the usual potboiler thriller here, which is fun and action packed. THANK GOODNESS Robin has sorted herself out - that was causing me great angst here.
I was unexpectedly disappointed in this book. I am a JK Rowling superfan and have really appreciated and enjoyed everything she's written until this book. For me, this was a long-awaited 4th installment of the Cormoran Stirke mystery series so, not only is it written by one of my absolutely favourite authors but also, it is my absolutely favourite genre of book. But, for me, the mystery was not as compelling as her previous ones, the ending really fell flat for me and I felt that the book was about 250 pages too long. I am not sure why JK dragged out the story as long as she did... I felt that there was a lot of redundancy and unnecessary dialogue, often 'self-chatter' within Strike's or Robin's own head. So, only ok for me whereas the previous books in this series were great, in my opinion.
This is an another excellent entry in the entertaining Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling. This book is very long and slow-paced compared to the first three books in the series. Because I like the main characters so much and enjoyed Galbraith's descriptions and details, I did enjoy this very leisurely paced book and did not mind its ponderous length. The plot is suitably labyrinthine, with a surfeit of characters and some twists and turns. A lot of time is spent detailing Strike's and his partner Robin's personal lives. If you are looking for a fast-paced page-turning thriller, this book may not be what you are looking for, but if you are looking for a character-driven story with a good mystery thrown in, then this is a great read. I was also pleased that this fourth book was a lot less grisly and nasty than the last two books in the series. I will definitely look forward to another book in this series!
I'm finding it a hard read-the murder and mystery around it is well written but I find that too much time is being spent on the relationship or non relationship between Strike and Robin.Too much time talking about the hard time he is having with his leg,how much he resents his handicap.I think the book could be about about 200 pages shorter and still tell a great story.
There is a welcome return to more emphasis on the murder mystery, which is a complex one and difficult to solve, and a bit less on the tiresome personal lives of Robin and Strike, which continue to interfere in their professional exploits and mutual attraction.
Story line was excellent. This large book would have been one third smaller if the author hadn't wasted so many words harping on Strike's artificial leg and attendant discomfort.
I decided not to finish reading it.
Another page-turner from J.K. There is a little too much about the relationship between Strike and Robin and not enough about the political context.
Well written with believable dialogue & well defined characters. I especially enjoyed the on-going relationship btwn Robin and Cormoran ... a contemporary romance wrapped in a mystery. But the book has an unnecessarily complicated plot, too many secondary characters and altogether too much dross filling too many pages. The story isn't strong enough to fill 600 pages. Skipped entire sections but loved it.
When a troubled young man shows up in Strike's office unannounced and unhinged over an incident from his past, Strike's curiosity is peaked. When the young man disappears and Strike is contacted by a governement minister connected to the young man, Strike's curiosity is set on fire. Are these things connected? How can Strike and Robin stride the line between being hired private detectives and finding the truth, no matter what it might do to someone's reputation?
Galbraith's series continues to be a satisfying, meaty read with complex characters and a twisty, well-developed plot. I particularly enjoyed Robin's story arc in this one.
Excellent book by a phenomenal writer. Frankly, I couldn't put it down and wish it didn't end. Look forward to the next one in the series. It seems the author put in a few "hooks" at the end of the book to indicate that Strike and Robin are starting work for a few new clients.
I have been a patient, even eager reader of "Robert Galbraith" through all of the Cormoran Strike books, but this lengthy tome has a lot of filler. While the detailed descriptions of locations my lend verisimilitude to the atmosphere, it does not move the plot. It's as if the author is trying to give the reader volume instead of substance.
Maybe its a British thing, female detective writers who insist on giving boring love stories to their characters back story, but I wearied of Robin's story that has lasted 4 books, and Strike's love story is not that interesting, either. Enough of that, already.
Underneath the verbosity and banality lies a pretty good detective tale that has enough twist and turns to keep an armchair detective busy. The title, however, is a pretty good 'spoiler alert' all by itself, and that diminished the plot twist significantly. I'm not going to change the author's style by my faint praise, and I may be just a lone voice, but please do not put her up there with Tana French or Val McDermid- she has a ways to go before she reaches that plateau.
Even if I didn't know that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for JK Rowling, I sometimes, while reading a Galbraith book, wonder if I would have eventually guessed, because despite the enormous differences (in audience, in subject matter, in tone) of these two series, some of the same tongue-in-cheek humor and just Rowling-esque turn of phrase exists in these Galbraith novels, and they are the better for it. Listen: this book is not perfect, but it is the fourth book in a series, it is nearly 700 pages long, and I still could. not. put. it. down. When JK Rowling writes, either as herself or as Robert Galbraith, some sort of magic happens on the page. Strike and Robin's complicated working & personal relationship is the heart of this series (though the mystery, as always, was intriguing!) and I would sincerely read 20 more books about these characters. Fingers crossed that I'll get the chance to.
“Lethal White” is another Cormoran Strike mystery, another book written by the talented well-read JK Rowling, and another chance to enjoy the exploits of two excellent very likeable protagonists. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as gory as it three predecessor novels. Admittedly, its long- maybe a bit too long. For me the downside of the length was mitigated by consuming the book in talking book format enjoying its excellent narrator Robert Genister.
I’m definitely interested in getting my hands on ”Rosmersholm” by Ibsen. Lines from this play are quoted at the start of each chapter.
Harry Potter fans will note the similarity between the surprising crucial reveal scene in “Lethal White” and the crucial surprising final reveal scene in “The Goblet of Fire”. Both times the author uses a gripping and effective way of unwinding the plot’s mysteries to her readers. Hope the next book in the series will come out soon.
I am amazed there are no comments yet for this book! Lethal White is the fourth book in the series about private detective Cormoran Strike and his colleague, Robin Ellacott. I think this is the best book in the series so far. It had a great plot, and we learned a lot more about our favorite characters (Strike and Robin).
It is 650 pages long, but it is a real page turner. I hated to put it down. It is long, but it reads more quickly than you would think.
It is important to read this series in order. You need to know the history and the background to enjoy these books and these characters.
If you like mysteries with clever plots and interesting characters, I definitely recommend starting at the beginning and reading this series.
I'm about 100 pages in and it's an achingly slow read. The others in this series were edge of the seat suspense, but this one is repetitious and relies on extraneous details, making it tiresome to read. I put the audio book on hold so maybe the narrator (hopefully the same man who read the other three) can liven it up.
I love the Cormoran Strike novels, but I could not get into this one. I read about 200 pages, and had to give it up. Way too many new characters and confusing timelines. You really want to shout at the characters "Just get together already!".
Even though LETHAL WHITE has an overly complicated plot and a few too many pages, it’s still a worthwhile read. Author Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) deftly explores the nature of human relationships and crafts yet another intelligent and absorbing contemporary crime mystery. This fourth installment of the PI Cormoran Strike series left me begging for more.
I’m hooked on this series. I love having an Afghanistan soldier amputee as the main character. Having a strong, independent woman as his associate makes it even better. I wonder if Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) has had personal experience with amputees, as his pain plays a part in the story. Strike has grit! Well-written with well-developed characters and a strong plot put the Strike mysteries among my favorites.
This was my favorite Cormoran Strike so far due to the character development that continues for both Strike and Robin. The plot is extremely complex beginning with a mystery that may not even exist. It is fascinating to see all the loose ends developing and overlapping throughout the story. An extra half star goes to the title -- brilliant! I did find the pacing to be a bit choppy. At times we were given a blow by blow of an entire day for both Strike and Robin while at other times significant events would be glossed over and summarized. At long last the epilogue shows Strike keeping his word and we look forward with anticipation to #5 hoping it won't take three years to write.
Despite the complaints about length, complexity, etc. ... I liked the book and didn't find it overly long. There are certain aspects of some characters I disliked, but that's life, and it wasn't overdone. If you liked the other Strike books, you'll like this one. Enjoy !!