Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Unless you’ve been hiding under a literary rock for the last few years, you will know that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J K Rowling, under which she writes her Cormoran Strike detective novels. Lethal White is the fourth Strike novel. I’ve loved them all, but I’m going to make a bold claim here – it might be the best.

Starting where the previous book, Career of Evil finished, Strike has become a bit of celebrity for catching a serial killer, while his assistant Robin, is still recovering from the injury she picked up on that case.

Strike’s celebrity status means it’s harder for him to go undercover, but it also means the agency can afford to take on new staff. And it attracts a different sort of client.

Strike is visited by Billy, a troubled young man who is convinced he witnessed the murder of a child when he was only a child himself. Is it Billy’s illness talking, or did he really see a child killed?

Then Strike is visited by a government minister who is being blackmailed. He wants a member of the agency’s staff to work on his team to try to find out more. So Robin goes undercover in the Houses of Parliament.

But while business is booming, all is not well with Strike and Robin. Robin is now a partner in the business, but their once friendly relationship has turned professional to the point of being cold. Will things ever get back to the way they were between them?

Lethal White is a whopper of a book, coming in at 650 pages. And they were all worth reading. There is a large cast of characters and every single one of them is completely believable and vividly painted with a detailed backstory.

Even though dark and scary at times, Robert Galbraith’s novels are not like your average thriller. There is so much warmth in them and you find yourself really caring about Strike and Robin. I can’t recommend Lethal White enough.

And if you haven’t read the previous Strike novels, I can highly recommend those too!

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  1. I’ve obviously been hiding under a rock lol. But then again I’ve never been a fan of her works so not surprising really. Well done on getting through all those pages #readwithme

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    • You must be the only person in the world who doesn’t like her work! It was no difficulty at all getting through all of those pages because it’s such an amazing story.

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  2. We love the TV series but I’ve never even thought to read the books. I’ll keep an eye out for them now 🙂

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    • I’ve not any of the Robert Galbraith books – I must get to them! They sound gripping! #readwithme

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      • They are amazing! You should definitely give them a go!

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    • My husband loves the TV series too. He’s not a reader at all, so would never read the books. I would definitely recommend giving the books a go as there is more detail than on TV. I don’t know how they will fit this into four episodes!

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    • I’m surprised at how many people have been under a rock! You’re definitely missing out here.

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  3. I have to confess that I scrolled to the end without reading your review. I love the Cormoran Strike books and have asked for this one for my birthday so I didn’t want to read any other opinions first. It’s great to hear that you think it’s the best :o)

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    • I’m always careful not to give much away in my reviews. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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    • I’m sure you will absolutely love it!

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