I’ve finally finished Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith. As widely known, Galbraith is J.K. Rowling’s alter ego. It’s a hefty book, close to 650 pages. Well, a few of the Harry Potter series are lengthy too.
For some reason, I didn’t mind reading any of the bulky Potter series books. Guess I was an addict just like so many. The Harry Potter books are rather easy read. The Cormoran Strike/Robin Ellacott books aren’t easy at all. Little wonder Rowling writes as Galbraith, the books are full of swearing, cussing and subjects that probably aren’t suited for little ears.
Summary of Lethal White: “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 thoughts on Lethal White:
I love mysteries and suspense. The story is very good: it keeps you guessing until the end. There are lot of twists and turns. That said, I wish it was shorter and more compacted. Much of Robin’s internal struggle can be shortened. I don’t think that would impact the story line much. Then, the dead body doesn’t show up until about 280th page. If the author wasn’t a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling, I believe the editors wouldn’t mind subjecting the book to more rigorous editing. (I’ve read scores of mysteries-some by best sellers-with page count under 300!)
So, I kind of agree with Kirkus. “…But there’s way too much filler in between. Let’s hope Rowling’s next book is sharper and shorter.” Read the full review here.
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