Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 576
Genre: Thriller, Political

The Casual Vacancy
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 fa├žade 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?

This book was gut wrenching, gritty, dirty and it felt real.

It focuses on a community that lives in Pagford, and the reader is introduced to the daily reality of ordinary people's lives in a way that is as bizarre as an episode of 'Desperate Housewives'. The reader is introduced to several issues such as: domestic violence, rape, drug use, mental illness, infidelity, teenage sex and much more of the seedy part of life. I loved reading about everybody's back stories and got engrossed in the issues that were affecting Pagfords residents. 

The end of the book was sobering but completely realistic and I thought it was a perfect ending. 

 A great departure from Harry Potter by Rowling!


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