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Joyland, by Stephen King. Nominee for Mystery and thrillers category. "Murder mystery set in 1970's amusement park."
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling This book was a lot of work. It is a very dark story, even the ending, which makes a small attempt at letting good win, remains somber. The first half of the book is very difficult to read, the characters fly about with names that reminded me of a Russian novel. Nobody is very likable. If this were JK's first book there would never be a second.