By J. K. Rowling
The fictional village of Pagford is the setting for J. K. Rowling's much-anticipated first novel for adults. "The Casual Vacancy" begins with the sudden death of parish council member Barry Fairbrother, which unearths the bitterness of political turmoil that has been present for forty years. The story is very dark as it reveals the secrets of each family in the village. Not intended for the young fans of Harry Potter, it contains murder, rape, drug addiction, and child neglect in addition to the explicit language and graphic descriptions of sexual acts. While I typically enjoy Rowling's writing and the worlds that she creates, this book was too dark and severe for me.