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Lethal White

(Cormoran Strike #4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  14,763 Ratings  ·  1,909 Reviews
“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 Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and
Hardcover, UK, 656 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Sphere
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Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Jan 03, 2016 marked it as anticipated-releases
Gimme *grabby hands*

Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 is currently reading it
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, the Cover is Green just to suite you. 💚💚

Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as Strike & Robin, as I always do since first reading the series, Oct. 2013..

because now we got this adorable cast... picturing the excellent writing of Mr. Galbraith with.

Lethal White..the 4th book, the biggest so far and in TWO PARTS...

Same characters but 2 different cases to investigate... or is it just one?
Well, halfway through and really can't predicted anything so
Mar 31, 2017 marked it as desperate-to-read
I hate it when they change cover designs mid series.
Norah Una Sumner
"J. K. Rowling is working on a 4th book in the series."

Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it

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 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
A little too long and overly complicated mystery BUT still well worth the read!

Lethal White picks up shortly after where Career of Evil ends at Robin and Matthew's wedding. Then the plot fast-forwards to a year later when London is preparing to host the Olympics. Strike is now famous and business is flourishing. Robin, on the other hand, is suffering from PTSD and is living in a state of misery.

Two cases are at the forefront, while some side cases also get some attention. There is a lot goin
I can't even remember the last time I was so impatient for the next book in a series to be released.
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
Lesia Joukova
Mar 17, 2016 marked it as to-read
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!

Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Stri
Jul 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Pre-reading shenanigans.

• An extract has just been released and 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩!
That is all!

You’re welcome!

John Ross
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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)
Helene Jeppesen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 hi
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
I have been very stingy with 5 star rating recently. But this book absolutely deserves to be rated 5 stars. I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. If you love great murder mysteries with very interesting and intriguing characters, look no further. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy this book, although I would highly recommend it. This will be in the running as one of the best books I have read this year, and I have read over 100 boo ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When??? When?!?! WHEN!!?!!?!?!?!?!??? I must know when!!!!!!!!
Mary Marz
Mar 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
please hurry and release the 4th book, I can't wait to see how Cormoron and Robin's relationship change, if at all haha, love these books!!
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Maybe 3.5...

But also, I just enjoy the crap out of these books, man. It's reached a point that I just am invested in these characters and if you ask me to follow them around watching people, drinking beer, and making the same mistakes over and over gain for 600, I'm going to say, "okay!"

That said-- this is overly long, the mystery is so convoluted which will be polarizing though if you've made it to book 4 you already know, and there were so many repeated beats, not only in the mystery but in t
Mandy White
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
This week has all been about Robin and Strike... finally!! 22.5 hours of them. It was like a big fluffy blanket. It was definitely worth the wait and I am sad that it is over now 😢 I just can't get enough of this series.... now the long wait for the next one begins!
Manuel Antão
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Bloated: "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith

I couldn't finish Harry Potter. It read to me like an amateur college project: it wasn't story telling, it was paint-by-number narration. It goes to show that if you tap into the right market at the right time then you're going to make a buck or two regardless of any skill or talent. With Harry Potter the first book was tightly edited, but they got progressively worse; the last ones were subje
Apr 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
Because I'm tired of waiting.


this is going to be insane.
Bring it.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, series, 2018, audible
What a great story. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last installment. The various relationships within the book are just as interesting as the mystery. I felt that the end was a bit quick in explaining what had happened. There were a couple of situations that were added as ways to quickly list out how certain clues fit together and it felt a bit like an info dump. Aside from that, I found the story engaging and did not have it all figured out before the end.

I have a couple of wishes for
Jan 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
5/22/2016: I NEED THIS NOW. CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. *drops on floor* I need it.... *rolls back and forth* now...

5/23/2017: It's been a year and a day since I wrote this and STILL NO COVER. We got a title at least but still!

5/28/2018: This is getting ridiculous. Yet another year has gone by and here I am....slowly dying due to suffering over a cliffhanger. I can barely breathe anymore. My heart is beating slowly. There are no news. No release date. Has this book been forgotten? Are we still gettin
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as never-gonna-happen  ·  review of another edition
Just gonna continue marking this series as 'never gonna happen' coz I just don't have time for this trash. 'Galbraith' is a terrible writer.

Also I think it's disappointing that women still feel the need to take a false, MALE name because they think it will sell more books. Way to stand up for women. *eyeroll*
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal-mystery
This was by far my least favorite book in the Cormoran Strike series. This surprised me since each book Ms. Rowling has written for this series has gotten noticeably better as she’s gained knowledge and confidence in this genre. But somehow, rather than write a nice, tight, page-turning mystery, which I’m always on board for, she has written a bloated and convoluted tome with so many irrelevant details included that nothing notable even happened for the first half of the book. How discouraging t ...more
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