Re: The Casual Vacancy
Some parts are brilliant, others don't really work. I think it's the clash between a very descriptive writing style and the hard reality of life in the book that makes it sometimes struggle. Also, almost every character is unlikeable, which for me makes it a very entertaining read but decreases the overall warmth we've grown accustomed to with Harry Potter.
I do think the book was a very bold move and I loved it.