Title: Casual Vacancy
Author: J K Rowling
Published: September 2012
Publisher: Little Brown
A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN ...
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
To be honest I hate having to admit I didn't finish a book or didn't enjoy a title that was sent to me - but on occasion it does happen.
I have started and stopped reading this book several times over the last few months.. The main reason I picked it up was because it was by J K Rowling! I adored the Harry Potter series and assumed I would love this title as well.
Sadly it wasn't the case, I was surprised at how much I didn't like it. The concept was interesting, and the blurb had me interested - but I couldn't get into it! I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, I found some of the language a bit over the top and found myself very frustrated in general with the story.
I may try the book again at some point, but it may just stay on my shelf for a time and get passed onto someone else who might enjoy it.