The Casual Vacancy by definition occurs when a high council member drops his status or dies, and in this book, everyone wants that one council chair which was so casually vacated. It is the first book by J.K. Rowling written for adults, very different to that of Harry Potter. Overall it is a great book, but it does take it’s time to read. The plot is easy to follow, but it is a 500+ pages book overflowing with descriptions and plot twists and jumbles. I gave it 3 stars not because I thought it wasn’t that good, it was simply a lot of text to get through. I do recommend this book to older teens and adults though, it is gripping and not hard to follow and has characters from ages 16 up. It’s a pretty smooth read that engages you, and really fits the genre of tragicomedy, there are some quite tragic moments as well as there being comedic ones. Harry Potter fans may not be as pleased with this book as they are with the series for this is a one time read that will not spark the needs of creating a fandom.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Quotations from the text;
“forensic cruelty” (23)
“a twitching pile of catastrophe” (47)
“they drifted, half asleep, through life” (75)
“closed in around the gaping vacuum left by death” (98)
“the papers fell, didregarded, in a smooth white waterfall onto the floor” (100)
“cocooned in concentration” (120)
“he was spider-like in his awkwardness” (170)
“disintegrate into fragile black flakes” (242)
“Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised.” (288)
“staring stonily into space” (371)