Title: Lethal White
Author: Robert Gailbraith
Published: 18 September 2018
“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.
My review for this book will be split into two parts and with that let us just get started.
Lethal White is far too long clocking in at 656 pages (hardcover) and 590 pages (Kindle) and it didn’t have any reason whatsoever to be this long. It should have gone through another round of editing before being published because there are so many plot points that did not add anything of value to the overall plot and in my opinion is only there as filler.
Another reason why I could not get into this book was the lack of clues leading to the perpetrator, I enjoyed the first book because I felt like I was putting all the clues together and is together with Strike in solving the mystery but in this book the plot was just too confusing for me to follow. Confusing not because it was intricate but because it had too many inconsequential characters along with plot points like stated above did not do the overall plot any justice.
The ending of the book also felt like it came out of left field and I was dumped with a load of info explaining the motive of the perpetrator and how they did what they did which is a shame because had the ending been executed well and clues peppered throughout the whole book, it would have been more impactful especially if the author had also fleshed out the characterization of the perpetrator so they would seem to be an empathetic villain.
This is me being nit picky but in my honest opinion don’t include characters from the LGBTQ+ community if you’re not going to do them justice. The author just put snippets of LGBTQ+ characters in the book to show faux diversity which is just tacky especially since its all stereotypes and why aren’t there more characters that are POC? Did I skip far too many pages that I missed them or something?
But the biggest point of contention for me was how Strike and Robin’s relationship portrayed in this book and how Robin finally, SWEET JESUS, FINALLY left Matthew. I want these two to be together but not how it was written in this book, I was hoping that they would be ala Scully and Mulder from X-files or better yet Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes from Elementary where they have deep respect and love for each other. Instead what I got (I don’t know about other readers) was a pile of horseshit. I can’t delve in too deep with this as I will explain/rant in part 2.
After surviving this book, I am seriously debating as to whether this series is even worth continuing anymore. It is that bad. Now if all ya’ll want to hear me rant the fuck away kindly go to my next post because holy shit do I have A LOT TO SAY ON THIS BOOK.