Lethal White – Robert Galbraith

Well, I finished this book over a week ago, and have been avoiding writing a review on it ever since. I liked it well enough, but I certainly did not love it like the previous 3 books in the series. I had no sense of enjoyment every time I picked it up to read it. The first thing I always checked was where my bookmark was, and how much farther I had to go. It is hard to read a book that you just aren’t loving.

Lethal White Cover Image

The things I didn’t like were …. The length of the book. I felt like there was way too much detail to every single thing in the book that was not necessary and did not add to the story. Then there were so many characters, I had a hard time keeping up with all of the different story lines and subplots and interactions with everyone. The last few chapters felt like everything was just tossed out there to tie everything together.

I love the characters of Strike and Robin, and they were both going through personal issues that lent a new dynamic to their working and personal relationship. The blackmailing and possible decades old murder of a child are what was driving the story plot, and it was just too much.

I’m not the only one who took issue with this story. I have seen more reviews with the same complaints I have than reviews that were all positive.

Will I read the next story in the series? Absolutely! I also had huge issues with her novel “The Casual Vacancy”, but it did not stop me from picking up the first book in this series, “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. My review on “The Casual Vacancy” had comments from most that felt the same way I did. And one comment from someone who had a real issue with the fact that I did not like the book, and dared to say so on my own blog that I pay money for to keep up every year 😊 Such is life; you can’t please everyone. You can see my rant over that story, nearly 4 years ago, here: The Casual Vacancy book and TV Show

I got 12 books from my local library yesterday, so I am back to enjoyable reading time! How did you feel about this book?

4 thoughts on “Lethal White – Robert Galbraith

  1. Shalini November 10, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    I have not been attracted to her books in this series. So I haven’t picked up this series
    What books did you get from the library?

    • Angela November 10, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Nancy Drew #’s 31, 32, and 33 (already read 31 and 32), 6 cozies in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell (just started the 1st one, liking it so far), 2 on homesteading, and one on indoor gardening. This long Michigan Winter in front of me has me daydreaming about retirement and moving somewhere warm and living off the land 🙂

      • Shalini November 10, 2018 / 11:16 pm

        Oooh here in my country, there is hardly any winter and at this point sun is blazing hot… Cannot go out between 11am to 4pm….hoping for a milder climate soon…
        You do read different genre, don’t you?

      • Angela November 11, 2018 / 8:48 am

        Well as much as I hate winter, I would not enjoy that climate either😳 what country are you in? I like to read all kinds of genre, and I always love learning new things. Documentaries make up about 90% of what I watch on television, then British shows and old movies 😂

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