I really enjoyed 'The Casual Vacancy'. However, this is a book that you definitely have to read with patience; there is little plot, and it is very slow-moving. It picks up a bit after the halfway point. This book explores the lives of a multitude of people in the town of Pagford, and shows the relationships that they have with each other. All of the characters are deeply flawed and are generally unlikable. This book is not uplifting, nor does it ever try to be. Despite this, JKR's prose flows well and makes you feel for the characters and what they are going through- although this doesn't stop you from disagreeing with them. I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a fast-paced, plot-driven piece; this is not what you'll get from reading 'A Casual Vacancy'.