As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.
Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.
I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.
It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading