4.5 The Vacancy by JK Rowling was depressing seventiesgirl | 13/11/2012 | See all seventiesgirl's reviews (1) I recently bought The Vacancy to take away on holiday. Never having read any of the Harry Potter books, I knew that The Vacancy would be well written and it was. The characters were very well drawn and utterly believeable. I also thought that the book would have a happy ending, all the characters 'getting what they deserved' but it was not to be. I was utterly shocked and disappointed and quite frankly, saddened at the ending. Don't read this book if you like happy endings!!