This novel is a perfect example of why JK remains one of my favorite authors. I loved this book. No this novel isn't the wholesome, fun for the entire family novel the Harry Potter series, but it is just as captivating.
A Casual Vacancy starts with the death of one man and the aftermath. Who would have thought that the death of one person could change so many lives? Yes, those closes to him are, of course affected, but some of the people in this novel had never met him.
At first the amount of characters and shifting points-of-view was a bit overwhelming, and I wasn't sure how she was going to make me care about these people and the death of one single person, but the way she delves into their lives, interweaves them, and shows us the hidden truths behind human nature was alluring. Her storytelling drew me end and held my attention every step of the way. These characters were my neighbors, my family, my friends, my small town. Even now, I want to know more, could have stayed in that world for a couple of hundred pages. I've laughed, cried, felt heartbroken, been repulsed, been envious, and every other emotion humanly possible throughout this entire novel.
I can't wait to see what she does next.