I was very much surprised how much I liked The Casual Vacancy. To say that it wasn't what I was expecting is dead on. I though it was going to be some sort of cozy romance. Far from it. More like Coronation Street on steroids...or smack. Sort of a cross between Melvin Burgess' Junk and Peter Hedges' What's Eating Gilbert Grape, except it all takes place in a twee West Country village.