It came with a lot of hype and the hardest act to follow – Harry Potter. Interestingly JK and her new publishers labelled it her first book for adults. I hate to disillusion them but there were lots of adults who devoured the HP series and relished every detail.
So this book came with great expectations and when I heard it was about a vacancy on the parish council caused by the early demise of a much loved councillor, Barry Fairbrother, I cannot say I was hooked. As I read the 500 + pages, determined not to give up, certain that the story would improve I became increasingly disillusioned. There was not one pleasant character apart from Barry who died in the first chapter! Does JKR think we are all flawed, living deeply unsatisfying and uninspiring lives in the countryside. Worryingly someone asked me to join the Parish council to ‘do my bit’ for the community but if JK’s description of life as a Pugford councillor is a benchmark then I think I will continue to decline!
However I have to admit that I did finish the book and though I cannot say it was a good read I suppose there will be many like me who feel they have to read JK Rowling’s books in case we miss the coming of the next Harry Potter series! I think she is going to have to invent a more fascinating storyline if she is to win over the adult Muggles!