Far from perfect, but far from awful. Despite its many faults it’s never less than highly readable and fluid. It’s never particularly pulse-pounding but it somehow always held my attention.
It honestly isn’t twisty or suspenseful enough for me. It’s super streamlined and reads more or less like a series of neat, orderly interviews with each of the various players in the mystery. Even at the 11 o’clock reveal, there’s never a sense of danger or serious tension, it’s just the natural progression of things. Detective investigates mystery; detective follows lead 1; detective follows lead 2; repeat several more times; detective solves mystery; case closed.
Cormoran’s a decent character but I really could have done without being told 849 times how hairy he is. It seems like Rowling goes through each of his individual body parts to describe how hairy they all are. Maybe someone can explain to me why he has hot psychos and supermodels all wanting to bed him… Robin has plenty of page time but she really should have been featured a lot more! She’s one of the best things the novel has going for it.
I’m down to read book 2 but not in a rush.