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Lethal White

(Cormoran Strike #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  146,023 ratings  ·  12,237 reviews
Lethal White is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international bestselling author Robert Galbraith.

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”

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 Bil
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Published September 18th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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(A-) 81% | Very Good
Notes: Wherein women cling devoted to manipulative men, and hugs, tea, missives, and accidental kisses stir illicit intrigue.
Aimal (The Devils We Find)
K, I'm going to put this down. I read 25%, so I'm going to refrain from giving it a rating, as it's not fair. I didn't read enough. And maybe I'll pick it up again some day, but as of right now, I'm having a hard time stomaching it for its... politics.

It's a true reflection of Rowling's staunchly center-left politics, as she takes sharp digs at far leftists as well as the conservatives. That's fine. What bothered me was the incredible lack of nuance in the Israel-Palestine conversation Rowling s
Kai Spellmeier
How about instead of spending money on this book you donate it to one of the following organisations? Trans Lives Matter even if JKR thinks otherwise.

Mermaids UK

The Trevor Project

Black Visions Collective
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Lethal White, the 4th volume in Cormoran Strike series, kept me at the edge of the seat/bed during the past 4 days. I think it is the best so far although some parts could have been trimmed by the editor. It starts to resemble the Harry Potter series, with each book longer and longer. If this one has 650 pages I hope the next will not have 800 or more. Rowling talent as a storyteller in so I was never bored but still, the plot could have been a bit more intense with a bit less filler.

The novel
Mohammed Arabey
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roses r Red, Violets r Blue, the Cover's Green just to suite you.💚💚

Strike & Robin are back for their biggest case so far.. full of Red Herrings & White Horses.
A blackmailed Minister, Riot in the Olympics, Mysterious Murder..
Goblet of Fire, 's that you?!
Plus, more unexpected twists into the personal life of Strike & Robin..

Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as I used to since my first read, Oct.2013.

Lethal White is 2 Parts book, 2 Cases.. not totally separate but essentia
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

That being said, JKR puts together a damn good mystery and I loved all of the actual mystery parts of this story. She is the *best* at creating great and interesting and fun characters. (More Barclay in the next book, kthnx)

However, I think that JKR is pretty terrible at writing romance (don't @ me) and I very, very, very much do not love the whole Robin/Strike pairing and everything surrounding those parts of the story or anything dealing with Ro
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JK Rowling gives us her trademark intricate, tightly plotted, and complex crime fiction in this, the fourth of her engrossing Cormoran Strike series, set amidst the heady and euphoric background of the surprisingly successful 2012 London Olympics. It begins where Career of Evil left off, at Robin Ellacott's disastrous wedding to the sullen and resentful Matthew, with Robin over the moon at being reinstated at Strike's detective agency as partner. Strike is finding his fame is reducing his opport ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive, audio
This book really irritated me. The mysteries, involving blackmail and a possibly strangled child, are not very compelling until the last quarter of the book. There's an info dump in the last two chapters that sums everything up. However, my major problem is that the book is mostly filler, not mystery. That might be ok if I were really invested in the Strike/Robin relationship (or non-relationship), but I'm not. That whole will they or won't they thing is tiresome. Robin is just a complete idiot ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
confession: there are times when i feel like i am an unreliable rater/reviewer. j.k. rowling practically gave me my childhood, so i feel like the least i could do to thank her is by reading and giving all of her books 5 stars. to say im biased would be an understatement. but in the case of this book, i can say, with good conscience, it deserves all 5 of those stars.

i was worried when JKR first began writing for adults, especially under the crime/mystery genre. but four books of this series have
Oct 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I decided to read this book and only this one during the past week, it dawned upon me that indeed, this book has been written by Robert Galbraith, and it's J.K. Rowling who is the ghostly figure here. I don't fear being ostracized for my rating. But most of my friends have given this book higher ratings than me.

The denouement was not the balm that could assuage the page upon page of nothingness. The murderer's identity was moot. The damage was done. The bird has flown the coop. Though this wa
Norah Una Sumner
"J. K. Rowling is working on a 4th book in the series."

Helene Jeppesen
This was an okay crime story, but as I was reading “Lethal White” I couldn’t help but be frustrated by the fact that this book was TOO LONG! 600+ pages to tell a crime story is too long when the plot is so dense and the different storylines so intricate.
Interwoven with that we get the story of Robin’s and Strike’s continued partnership which was another thing that quite frustrated me: This book was a case of dumb decision-making based on misunderstandings that could have been solved if only the
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars right on the nose. It is another decent mystery very much in the same vein as the previous Strike novels. If you have read those you know exactly what to expect here.

Lots of characters: Galbraith (Rowling) likes to fill her mysteries with characters. If you are a person that is easily confused if there are lots of characters, proceed with caution. I definitely have to stop and think about who is who from time to time.

A convoluted mystery: Another thing that keeps me stopping to think is
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel I just liked, and only liked, and to be honest, I struggled to finish it ... I have been thinking why I did not enjoy Lethal White as much as the previous books in the series, and in my case, it was its length & the plot itself. I enjoy long reads, but this novel seems to have too many pages, and good editing might make it a truly thrilling read. The mystery that Cormoran and Robin want to solve this time was not engaging for me either. Besides, some character development, with regard ...more
Paula K (on hiatus)
Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike is in no doubt my favorite private eye series. I love Strike’s relationship with his now parter, Robin Ellacott. The two work so well together. I started the series with an audiobook and have continued to do so. The narrator’s voice is striking and perfect for Cormoran’s tough guy persona. Strike likes intelligent women and treats them as his equal. Always a wonderful thing to come upon in a book. There is nothing like seeing a woman with a good mind given the ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked and disliked it in equal measure.

I am tired of Robin and Matthew as a dysfunctional couple. At book four it feels like the author is milking a dead horse. A white horse, the book is infested with them. One more won't make any difference.

Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After I finished, "Career of Evil," I could hardly wait for this next story. Perhaps my hopes and expectations were too high, as I found this disjointed and lots less than anticipated. I won't be so anxious for the next in this series if there is another. If there isn't, I won't mind that so much either. 2 of 10 stars ...more
Justin Fraxi
I can't even remember the last time I was so impatient for the next book in a series to be released.

UPDATE, June 2020: This is one of my most liked reviews for whatever reason, so I just want to take this opportunity to remind you all that TERFs huff dong.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should have been a magnificent book, but in the end I am giving it four stars and saying it was very good indeed. The one star deduction is for the way the book began. At first it was just so slow - not a lot happened and Robin's endless monologues about whether she loved him or not ( and there are two possible hims there) went on and on. And on.

Then we started to get into the meat of the story and crimes were committed, people went undercover, some characters acted really badly, some had t
Em Lost In Books
Oct 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022, 4-star, 2010-19
Though the mystery part was stretched out unnecessarily and a 3 star for me, it is the Strike-Robin duo that snatched that extra stra from me. They're imperfect in so many ways and yet fot perfectly together. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well done! Goodness I love this series.

Cormoran and Robin impress yet again.

Lethal White, the fourth installment of the Cormoran Strike detective series, kicks off with a bang. A disturbed young man named, Billy, arrives at Strike's office with a fantastical story.

He claims that when he was just a kid, he witnessed a child's murder and the subsequent cover up. As in, he knows where the body is buried.

While it is clear that Billy is suffering from severe mental health issues, he see
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strike & Robin are back!

This is the fourth novel in the "Cormoran Strike" book series.


Cormoran Strike has become a famous detective in London, thanks to his success of catching the fearsome "Shacklewell Ripper"; and after re-hiring Robin Ellacott as her main partner, now he has even had to sub-contract other people to be able to cope with all the cases that have come to his office.

But despite that apparent bonanza of work, nothing has prepared Cormoran Strike f
John Ross
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love the Cormoran Strike series. That is why I am so excited for the next book in the series. Lethal White has been the longest we have to wait so far.

To satiate my excitement I have created fan-made covers for both US and UK Editions.

US Edition

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (US Edition)

UK Edition

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (UK Edition)
Lesia Joukova
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UPD: This is how I find out?! From a newsletter on Bookdepository?!! Release date: 18th September 2018. Could I BE any more excited??

Yes, I'm stooping that low! I'm using GIFs now because there are no words to express how much I'm waiting for this book, I need more of Robin and Cormoran and their unusual relationship. I'm sure that so many things are going to go down in the next one because I can't stand suspense any longer... aaaah!

Lethal White is the fourth (4th) book in the “Cormoran Strike” series, written by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). The series primary characters are Cormoran Strike (Strike) a private detective in London and his clerk, turned investigator, turned partner Robin Ellacott.

The books are mysteries centered around the crime of murder. Strike is a veteran of the Afghanistan war where he lost a leg. He manages to get around on a prosthesis often stressing his stump to great pain and irritation. Howeve
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really enjoying this book. Is it a bit too long-winded at times? Yes. Is there a bit too much Robin/Strike will-they-won't-they? Sure. But the mysteries threaded throughout, the procedural aspect and the well-crafted characters paired with Rowling's impeccable & accessible writing style makes it a solid read. I'll read every one of these books because she sure knows how to craft a story and I do truly love Robin as a character. ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh... I waited for this book to be out with such anticipation! Dropped my other reads to get through this.
Overall, it turned out to be a let down. I expected a compete blowmybrainsout read, but this was just an OK read at best.
It starts with Robin's wedding... The wedding part was tense enough and got me absorbed in the book right away. But once that fizzled out, the whole Strike-Robin story took a dip down and had me rather annoyed with the pair more than anything else. There was nothing in t
Rylee Richard
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)

Warning, spoilers ahead! But only for Cormoran/Robin stuff. I didn’t spoil the mystery. That defeats the purpose.

Themes for Cormoran:

- Getting the agency stable financially 
-->This leads him to take on a case that is lucrative instead of the usual ones guided by his morals.
--->The case involves digging up dirt on a politician who is beloved by the people.

-Distracting himself with a comfortable relationship with Lorelei (I call her his bedw
Andrew Smith
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a big Harry potter fan and though have seen all the films I’ve yet to turn a page of any of the books. I’m just not into magic spells and all that malarkey. But I do admire the cleverness J. K. Rowling shows in developing a set of stories – a whole world, in fact – that has gripped so many people. My son is one of them; he’s also the reason I’ve watched the films - and played the spin-off video games too. But all of that aside, I admire Rowling most for having the versatility, the imagin ...more
3.5 stars

This book gets 5 stars for the personal/professional relationship updates between Robin and Cormoran, but only gets 2 stars for the 'murder mystery' presented in this book. I *loved* seeing all the extra page time that Robin and Cormoran finally get in regards to their individual personal lives (warning: the slow burn still burns slowly). In fact, the book is practically at the half way mark before anyone even gets murdered. Loved it! But then the mystery does take over like I said. Whi
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This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults.

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Rowling was born to Anne Rowling (née Volant) and Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) north

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