“Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

From the writer of Harry Potter, here is an adult novel complete with gossip, adultery, family issues and social commentary staged in storyline of a British political office election. Instead of a main character, there are a variety of families to keep track of. Their stories intertwine seamlessly while providing the readers a wonderful (fictional) account of daily British life in soap-opera fashion.

Generally speaking, the book reads a bit slow because you get the background of every character. Most characters are incredibly well developed as you get to read things from their point of view (POV) as well a from the POV of the other characters. Each situation and character makes you question who you would be in this cast and how you would react in each of their situations — or if you would have the same judgements of others as they do.

If you’re looking for an incredibly descriptive, drama filled read — and interested to see what else J.K. Rowling can do — pick up this book and you’ll be in for a treat. It’s a great book to read slowly over time. If you’ve had a chance to read if, leave a note below. What’s your favorite part of the book? Who’s your favorite character?

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