Book Review: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book with a female author who uses a male psuedonym Brief synopsis : When a young man w...

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt: A book with a female author who uses a male psuedonym

Brief synopsis: When a young man with some obvious mental health-related issues storms into Cormoran Strike's office claiming to have seen a child murdered, Strike becomes determined to find out what really happened. Is the child murder somehow tied in with the paid case Strike and his partner Robin are on - one involving major political figures? Meanwhile, Robin marries her longtime boyfriend Matthew but things aren't all rainbows and butterflies - not to mention Robin's still reeling from the previous injury received on the job.

As the fourth installment in the Cormoran Strike series, Lethal White is a bit of a challenging read. While I felt the first three books got better as they went along, I felt the fourth novel was a bit too long and scattered. There were a few too many storylines happening within the pages of the novel and I felt pretty overwhelmed with the story. Strike had side cases going on, which was kind of confusing. And I didn't feel that the story truly picked up until almost halfway through the book when the first big twist hit.

I've been reading the series for a while - I've spent three books waiting for something to happen and I spent the entirety of this book waiting for the same thing.

I wanted to love this book, but I think it's likely my least favorite in the entire series. I just felt it was much longer than it needed to be with too many characters and side plots. Again, once the big twist hit - things sped up and the book was pretty fantastic from that point on. I almost feel like everything before that was backstory and could've been provided in a different, much shorter way.

I still gave the book 4 stars, because I did very much enjoy it - it just wasn't everything I was expecting it to be. If you've been reading the series, I'd say carry on with it and read Lethal White, but you definitely wouldn't want to read it if you haven't read any of the others in the series yet.

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  1. I felt exactly the same about this one. I liked it, but there was a lot going on - more so than in the other books. It was my least favorite of them so far.

    1. Agreed! To me, they were getting better each time - but then this one dropped. It was really overwhelming.