Monday, July 29, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (Cormoran Strike #4) #beatthebacklistchallenge

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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Audible Audio
Release Date: August 12th, 2019
Format: Audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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“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 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.
Oh, boy, I was really excited for this one having loved the other three ones in the series, but this was kind of a miss for me. First of all, I'm am over the Strike/Robin will they won't they and I really couldn't stand Mathew at all. Like why even include that in this novel? I also felt like the whole relationship drama stuff made the book 2x longer and it really didn't need to be! I like Strike and Robin as friends and partners in terms of the agency, but I didn't really care one way or the other now if they get together. I'm kind of over it.

I do think this book was way too long, and it actually made me bored to listen to it. Like, I had to stop listening for a couple weeks because I just didn't care about the mystery anymore. The other books had been similarly long, but I don't remember being as bored as I was with this. Maybe it was because of all the political stuff in this, or I just didn't like the extra relationship drama stuff, but this installment just really missed the mark for me.

Robert Glenister's narration in this book is really what saved it for me. He's amazing and I love listening to him narrate this story. I also got a kick out of hearing all his different accents, especially the Scottish one! I definitely think I listen to these ones for him alone.

The murder in this one and the who dunnit in the end was not the interesting to me. I didn't guess who did it, because I am very bad about that, but I guess it is obvious if you think about it. There are definitely a lot of clues and I didn't find it all that interesting.

I'm really disappointed that this one just didn't gel with me. Maybe it was a mood read, maybe it was just all the politics in it, but I just wasn't a fan of this one.

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