Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
I gave it my best shot. I really tried to love this book. I even went into the book open minded and enthusiastic that Rowling’s stellar character development would prove to me personally that she really would become an author that could go beyond her Potter fame. I looked forward to making my critique of the book contradict the initial ratings and reviews. Unfortunately I was not able to do so.
Rowling, has proven that she is a all star writer and one that will live in a hall of fame among great writers, left me bored with her latest book. I gave it my best shot but actually put down the book at page 99. There was just no point in continuing just for the sake of having said that I read the book. I don’t even normally give a book that long to drag me into it. If I am not engulfed by page 5, it’s usually a dud for me. Looks like the same was true for this story.
I hope Rowling will give us another story to sink our teeth into, but this just was not one of them for me. I give this book 0 stars simply because I had to put it down and did not finish it.