The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 2,910 Ratings


When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.


  • The Casual Vacancy

    By lhoshor
    This gave a face to economic and cultural divisions as they effect children from different walks of life. Though a tragedy, it manages to unite two diverse cultures in an ultimately important way. It offers hope that the next generation shall be wiser...
  • Csunsuzq

    By Csunsuzq
    A very good read! This story of a small town reminded me of the small town I came from. Casual Vacancy shows all the angst of teenagers, all the good and the bad. The feelings Ms Rawlings brings out in her writing makes you feel like you know these people. I’ve also read the Cormorant Strike series by Ms Rawlings and had the same feelings about those books. Please keep writing more stories like these!!!
  • A bit of a chore

    By Other sci-fi guy
    No, this is not a happy book and no, it's nothing like Harry Potter. Neither is a reason to fault a book and we all know the author is an accomplished writer but the shot gun like style of this book made it a chore for me to read. The reader needs to take in the identities any relationships of almost all of the 25 major and minor characters in the first few chapters. The narrative skips around quickly between vignettes make the use of pronouns problematic. All the way through the book I found myself asking "Which one is Tess married to and what's her kid's name? It's probably better on second reading but I'm exhausted and There are other books to read.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Rocketgirl56
    I cannot believe this was written by the author who wrote the brilliant Harry Potter series! I have read the classics, and I believe that the Potter books will one day be listed among them. Therefore, it is with regret that I must rate this book as horrible. So many characters, as to be confusing. Action too slow moving. Time shifts make the story, if one can find it, too difficult to follow. One of the very few books ever that I could not finish. If I were you, Ms. Rowling, I would burn all copies.
  • Come on people,

    By Experience the expert
    I give this five stars stars! It is a good book about romance and war! I know it's not the usual J.K Rowling book, with magic and evil and good, but just because the newspaper reported it was not much fun doesn't mean you should believe them!! I am a J.K Rowling fan, (does not mean I vote this because of this) because she has a,aging book and has a real talent for writing books I would just give this book a chance. It's 10.00 as a tablet form, and yes maybe it was a little expensive as a hard cover, but maybe the publisher just thought it would sell for that much because she is amazing at books!!!!!!!! One stars is a total down fall, at least give it a chance, and maybe you will see it's not so bad after all.😊😊
  • Amazing!

    By writer4you
    I recommend reading this book if you are a devoted Harry Potter fan. This story is a mystery about the mayor’s death and how it effects the town. J.K. Rowling does blind side you with the unexpected sex scenes, but it is a page turner, and it was hard putting it down due to the english language, I literally felt like I was in London! 5 stars! Fats is my favorite character by the way.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Psych reader
    I found this disappointing. Far below Rowling's writing in Harry Potter.
  • A Bit Too Much

    By Too much cussing
    At first I was really enjoying this book, (even with the darker tone) but at about page 20 it just exploded into a hurricane of cussing. I was hopeful that it would just be a bad section of the book, but it didn't seem to stop. If you are okay with this, then I want you to know that this is still a beautifully written book and I would definitely recommend it to you.
  • Sad to have wasted money on this book

    By roy harper
    Too bad there isn't a second hand market for iBooks. I really tried to get through this, but it's incredibly boring. I appreciate the need to develop characters and story, but come on, get on with it! I'm not waiting to get half way through to get to the story. Life is too short for boring books. There are plenty of good ones out there.
  • Superb Character Study

    By DrKate aka The Rock Doctor
    IF YOU LIKE CHARACTER-DRIVEN FICTION, YOU'LL LOVE THIS NOVEL. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS GENRE, PLEASE FORGET WHO THE AUTHOR IS--AND WHAT SHE'S PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN; YOU'LL HATE IT! (Read the countless negative reviews carefully and you'll see that those who hated CV shouldn't have bought it.) The audience for this book is relatively narrow: readers who enjoy deep character studies. It is not for those who prefer an action-filled plot, mystery, crime, fantasy/magic, etc. Low ratings are easily explained. Too many readers bought this book solely because JK Rowling authored it. Apparently few listened to JKR's warnings pre-release in which she made clear the book's genre. I dislike the Romance genre. If I buy a Romance novel odds are, I'll hate it. The thing is, I wouldn't write a negative review because of this. I should have known better than to waste my money on a book I was sure to hate. This being a genre I love, I found Casual Vacancy enthralling. The people of Pagford represent people everywhere. We wear facades to project ourselves as admirable members of our communities while underneath, hide our shame and countless weaknesses. I may not hide traits as despicable as some of these characters, but I'm not as far removed as I'd like to think. Every character was transformed by the end of this book, not always for the better. For me, the story concluded with a beautiful sense of closure.