The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. Ms. Rowling is an excellent writer and her characters have an authentic voice. She knows how to hook the reader into diving into the next chapter. It didn't take long to finish this book because it was such a pleasure to read. It takes place in a picturesque small town in England where life seems ideal among the cobble stone streets and quaint shops. The death of a town council member creates a "casual vacancy" and the attempt to fill the position sets off a struggle that reverberates throughout the community. One group of citizens conspire against another. Dysfunctional families come apart at the seams. Teenagers attempting to deal with the normal angst of adolescence are drawn into the adult drama. Read the book, you'll enjoy it.