I’ve been waiting to read this book for a really long time now. You can check it out here.
Summary: The Casual Vacancy opens with the death of Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. His sudden death sends the town of Pagford into a tizzy. The council had been preparing to vote on the zoning of a housing project and drug addiction clinic, which some townspeople wanted to keep and some wanted to foist off on neighboring enemy town of Yarvil. The upcoming election to replace Barry Fairbrother and the looming rezoning uncovers a vast network of secrets in the interconnected, small town web of Pagford.
Likes: I really enjoyed The Casual Vacancy. I got really invested in the lives of the characters, as well as how each was connected. I also found it interesting how it was written in third-person omniscient. It really added to the whole tone of the book.
Dislikes: None of the characters were particularly likable, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a problem. I think the author was trying to portray people as they really are, which is far from perfect.
TL;DR: I would recommend The Casual Vacancy, with one caveat: there’s a lot of swearing and a lot of sex. If that’s something that bothers you, just know that it’s there.