Reviews: Nine Perfect Strangers and Lethal White

Reviews: Nine Perfect Strangers and Lethal White

I’ve been buried in two books this past week: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and Lethal White by Robert Galbraith.  Please note this post contains spoilers!

 I wrote recently how Nine Perfect Strangers reawakened in me the joy of reading. It sure did. At the time I was about half way through it and was thoroughly enjoying it. It was the first book by Liane Moriarty I had read and at the time, relishing its character-driven plot and suspense build-up, I was looking forward to reading more of her books.

 However… I finished reading it feeling deflated. The latter part of the novel, particularly the finale, to me was disappointing. There was no significant climax to the suspense, and at the end, the character stories seemed to end tritely or in rushed manner or not at all. Having said that though those “flaws” maybe say more about me and what I look for in a book than the book itself. I certainly didn’t lose interest in it, it captured my engrossed attention throughout (which is why I gave it four stars on Goodreads, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a cracking read), however I guess I just missed drama and climax.

 Would I read another book by Liane Moriarty? I have to admit, no. But that’s just me.

 As soon as I finished Nine Perfect Strangers I downloaded Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, which had been hovering on my consciousness since I watched the series Strike. Lethal White is the fourth novel about private detective Cormoran Strike.

 All I can say about this book is – wow! The long weekend we just had passed in a preoccupied blur for me because most of the time I either had my nose buried in the book or I was reflecting on it while doing other things and wishing I could get back to it.

 I love character-driven stories. I also love drama and suspense and climax and red herrings and crime and a satisfactory resolution. Lethal White has all that. I wondered in the early stages where the “lethal white” was coming into it. Well, it’s weaved into the story in such a subtle yet complete way that once you finish the book you feel like going back and reading it again to pick up the hints – and it’s a fascinating premise I have to say (being a horse-lover!).

 The characters of Cormoran and Robin are expertly crafted. I have to say I had a little inward cheer when Robin left Matthew. It’s also very satisfying to see the developing relationship between Robin and Cormoran although there’s a part of me pleading that subsequent novels (and I’m sure there will be more) don’t degenerate into romantic or sexual tripe. Other readers may not share that view though, I realise that. In my view though with Lethal White Robert Galbraith has stepped up there to join the ranks of PD James as a crime novelist and I for one am thrilled about that.