I didn’t realize that the newest edition to the Cormoran Strike series had been recently published until after I reviewed their predecessors in a triple feature book review. Once I learned that this existed, I immediate sought a way to read it and secured a spot on the audiobook wait list- and it became available about a week ago (all 23 hours of it!). In regards to it’s title, I knew what the term “lethal white” actually meant, being an equestrian who had to do a report on the disease during college, so I was intrigued how Galbraith planned to spin the term. I was also highly anticipating some answers about what would happen between Robyn and Matthew, and Cormoran.
In this novel, Cormoran and Robyn take on a case that gets more complicated as it goes. First, a young man named Billy contacts Cormoran, seeking the truth about a murder he witnessed when he was very young- which nobody believed him about, due to his mental health history. To complicate things further, there’s also been a case that was reported as a suicide but suspected of murder.
Robyn, now a partner in Cormoran’s private investigation firm, has to overcome the PTSD of the last case and go undercover to find out the truth in this one. At the same time, she must handle her crumbling marriage to Matthew and figure out her feelings for Cormoran. Meanwhile, Cormoran must fight the pain from his prosthetic as he chases down the facts behind Billy’s memory, as well as keep a lower profile now that he’s been on a string of successful cases. He also hires in another PI, an old friend who helps cover for Robyn, who has become irreplaceable to Cormoran. Privately, he also has to figure out how he feels about Robyn, while dating another woman.
This story line left me rather conflicted. The cases kept me entertained, and I liked that there was more equine lingo involved, which kept me from zoning out while listening to the audio. I also like the personal involvement with the two main characters, and how every book, the reader gains more understanding and development of those characters. I mean, at this stage, Cormoran is Cormy in my head- the grumpy old softy. I also adore Robyn and her strength, even though I wanted to shake her when she kept deliberating over ending her marriage. However, I also want to shake Rowli…I mean, Galbraith for torturing the readers with the “will they, won’t they” relationship between Corm and Robyn. FOR GOD SAKE ALREADY, LET THEM FALL IN LOVE. I also struggle with how long these books are. I don’t mind long reads at all, but this series is riddled with heavy PI jargon and there are periods that are so slow between action. It gets a little frustrating for me, because I always want action to keep me turning the pages- this book HAS IT, but Galbraith lets it unravel in a slow burn sort of way.
Those who have been anticipating the release will like this read, definitely. For me, it’s definitely worth the read, but I’m still not as enamored with them as I want to be. GIVE ME COR-BYN, GALBRAITH, and for pete’s sake, let’s cap these at 15 hours of audio!