Review: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yep, you didn’t see that wrong – I’ve given this only 2 stars. I know, I know, it’s JKR, but this is what I honestly felt after finishing the book.

I didn’t expect a lot in terms of the actual prose, so that part I guess is ok. But I did expect a great story. I mean, isn’t that the whole deal about being JKR! Unfortunately, I didn’t find the story THAT engrossing. The characters themselves are built beautifully – by the time I got introduced to all of them, I already had strong feelings on who I liked and who I didn’t. But somehow, the story was very common-place and insipid. I expected lots of twists and turns, scandals, etc, but.. well.. none of that sort here!

And the way it ended was very abrupt. I actually turned a page after the last paragraph to be sure I read till the end and there wasn’t anything left!

A British version of Desperate Housewives, is all I can say. It would actually make a pretty good drama series on TV! 😛

P.S: I don’t know if some parts of the ‘review’ could be spoilers, so I’ll just go ahead and mark it as a spoiler anyway.

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