Lethal White

by robert galbraith | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0751572853 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCassandra2020wing of Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on 8/28/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingCassandra2020wing from Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, August 28, 2022
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Journal Entry 2 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, August 28, 2022
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith - Mixed but mostly good

Ok, let's deal with the positive first.

JK Rowling knows how to craft a story that keeps you involved and keeps the pages turning. Once the story actually gets going, it's an easy read with plenty of twists and turns and action to keep you reading (I found I was reading 100+ pages a day easily). Certainly I wasn't sure who was at the bottom of the mystery right up until the denouement.

There are two strands running through the book. A young man turns up at the agency. He has obvious mental health issues and appears to be in the middle of a psychotic episode: dirty and unkempt, looks to be sleeping rough, nervous tics and rambling about a child being murdered and buried in a pink blanket...then he takes off before Strike can get any real detail. Strike, of course, is intrigued and concerned and just has to follow up. (Having recently read Third Girl by Agatha Christie, I'm taken with how similar that beginning is!)

Around the same time, the agency is also hired by a senior politician who is being blackmailed. It's high profile but requires secrecy which is never an easy mix. It's going to involve Strike, Robin and an additional hire, Barclay, to cover all the strands and people that may be involved. The Minister in question is, of course, a Tory so there's lots of posh people with ridiculous names and nicknames.

Cue undercover work, infiltration of various groups and businesses, chasing around the country and general adventure before it all gets tied up in the last chapters. It's all so very readable which is a good job as it's 771 pages!

So. The downside.... 771 pages! As I said, the author knows how to tell a good story, but she needs to decide whether she's writing a mystery with a bit of relationship stuff or a book about the characters homelives with a mystery in the background. This has far too much about Robin and Matthew's relationship, Strike and his various girlfriends and ex's, and the unresolved emotions between Robin and Strike. It's chapter 4 before the story gets going, p67! (I normally give up on a book after 50 pages if I'm not taken with it) Everything prior to that is about the fallout from Robin's wedding at the end of the previous book. Now I know one or two points from their personal lives actually feature in the denouement, but the rest of it is unnecessary detail for me. I really don't care that much. I liked the new character Barclay. All you get to know about him is that he's Scottish, has a wife and baby at home that sometimes means he can't do a weekend stint. Perfect. That's all I need to know.

I've noticed a trend with JK Rowling - I haven't read Harry Potter as I don't have children, but I've seen them and the first is quite a slim volume and they increase in size until the last doorstep of a novel. The same seems to be happening here. As she writes the series she finds more and more to include and doesn't seem able to leave any of it out. Having checked out the next in the series, it appears to be 900+ pages. Really needs a good editor to cut out some of the superfluous detail.

Sometimes, less is more!

Journal Entry 3 by wingCassandra2020wing at The Glencorse Centre ✔️ in Auchendinny, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, September 16, 2022

Released 4 mos ago (9/16/2022 UTC) at The Glencorse Centre ✔️ in Auchendinny, Scotland United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 4, 2022
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Journal Entry 5 by wingCassandra2020wing at Little Free Library - Roslin in Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, November 26, 2022

Released 2 mos ago (11/26/2022 UTC) at Little Free Library - Roslin in Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 6 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, December 9, 2022
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