The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Rowling's first book with language that would upset you if a child was to repeat it back to you.
Her first book for adults.
Her first really sad book.
Barry Fairbrother's early and unexpected death throws the small English town of Pagford, and its Parish Council into an uproar. The Council was split evenly on the issue of the local rehab clinic, with the less warm-hearted members wanting to shut it down, and rid their small town if its patients. Barry may have been the only truly decent person in the book, no one else is truly good. They are all too complicated, and have too many secrets. None of the children behave in a Potter-like manner. Even when they try to do what they think ins the right thing, the consequences boreder on the horrific. Not an easy book to get into, but definitely worth the read.
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