Review: Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith (Part 1)

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Title: Lethal White

Author: Robert Gailbraith

Published: 18 September 2018

Publisher: Sphere

Rating: 2/5

Goodreads summary

“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.

Review

Huh…

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.

 

 

 

Books I Could Re-Read FOREVER

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

And the introduction out of the way let’s get started! This weeks topic is BOOKS I CAN RE-READ FOREVER!!!!!!

Do I even need to do this list honestly? You guys know which books I can read forever. If you don’t then you must be new…

Harry Potter Series

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Like Duh! I thought that now I am 25 my mind would have changed and I would find more problems with them or just generally find more flaws that the 7 year old me missed but I recently finished Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and to be quite honest I enjoyed it more now as an adult as compared to when I was a kid because now I can appreciate how talented J.K. Rowling is (which is why I am a tad bit sad that her Cormoran Strike series didn’t captivate me as much as Harry Potter did) and how much time and creativity that was spent on building the characters, the plot, the world and their interactions. I had many moments where I laughed out loud reading HP and The Philosopher’s Stone and it has made me want to re-read the series all over again (Not Harry Potter and the cursed child though… that book will NEVER be canon in my eyes. OVER MY DEAD BODY WILL I CONSIDER THAT BOOK CANON… Even now I still can rant over the injustice that is that book. Ugh I can’t even… it will only get my blood pressure up). The book was just so good for me (I say book because you never know maybe the later installments I finally find flaws to critique).

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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I really enjoyed this series. I enjoyed it so much I spent over RM 300++ to buy the next series; The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus series, of which I partially regretted because I had realized too late that I did not enjoy Rick’s new writing style and how his newer books lack any consequence and felt so juvenile-ish. With Percy Jackson, yes the books are for middle graders especially the first few but as you read you grow with the characters. The stakes get higher and characters die (not the main characters but you can win them all) so you feel like shit is going to hit the fan any moment. I would definitely re-read if my library stocked these books in order because I swear they don’t have them all and it infuriates me. Why get a book in a series if you’re not going to get the whole series. I don’t understand that logic.

Millenium series

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I am not too sure why I even like re-reading this series. I just kind of do especially the third book (The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest). I haven’t read the newer ones from this other author and I probably won’t not that I didn’t try. I did. It just wasn’t as engaging anymore.

Sabriel, Lirael & Abhorsen

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Yeah they’re from the Old Kingdom Series but I didn’t read Clariel and some other books from the series and have only read these three hahahha. I really like this series because as much as I hate Garth Nix and his huge time jump between books (excluding Lirael and Abhorsen) I quite enjoy reading about different heroines and their differing strengths and weaknesses and their character growth. It is intriguing to see how the environment of said heroines has a huge influence on their power and how they tackle obstacles in their way. Like Sabriel who has been trained to be an Abhorsen is calm, cool and collected and knows her shit whereas Lirael who was an unknowing Abhorsen but was raised as a Clayr is unsure, nervous at first but bloomed to be a resourceful and intelligent heroine. I have heard that Clariel was an Abhorsen who went rogue so yeah all of the heroines are interesting in their own way.

Funny how I don’t say historical romance as books I can re-read forever because I feel that historical romance isn’t the type of book you would call evergreen or timeless because I loved Judith McNaught books when I was younger but now re-reading it again I realized that the books were very problematic. Also, historical romance is the type of book that doesn’t have much nuance and it is like if you read one you have read them all.

And so yeah these are the only books that I can see myself re-reading it forever. I haven’t found any other books that I feel deserves to be on the forever list as of yet but I am still searching.