The characters were very real and very awesome. I loved the main characters in this book. I wanted to love this book and I certainly loved parts of it, but overall I was bored through much of it. I'm not saying I won't read the next book in the series because I honestly care about and really like the main characters, but I'll be reading it hopeful that more will happen in the story. The end of the book was satisfying and fun to read, and the beginning where we got to know the characters and their situations was great, the middle just sagged for me. It was pretty much Strike interviewing people. That's it. A whole bunch of conversations. After a while it got old. Even still I enjoyed getting to know the characters more.
Also there were like a million F-bombs in this book. I'm all for an author using language to realistically portray a character and I suppose that's what the language did in this novel, but man. Sometimes it was like two per sentence. It was ridiculous.
While the story tended to drag in the middle the writing was very good. The portrayal of the characters was awesome and I really do want to know what Cormoran Strike and his awesome assistant Robin will be up to in the book. It was a good mystery, I just wish there would have been more going on to get me through act 2.
I read through all the Harry Potter books this year, for the first time on the last 4 books, and J.K. Rowling has fast become one of my favorite authors, but in this one she went a little flat. It was still a good book and has a lot of great moments. I was smiling, laughing out loud, and almost crying through the last act of the story. It wrapped up nicely and Rowling nailed the ending. Hopefully book 2 will have a better act 2. I'm still on board for the next one and will be reading it.