If you have not read The Casual Vacancy, you should! It is everything you would expect from such a phenomenal writer! The storyline sucks you in. There was a point about half way through the book that I became a sudden resident of the little town of Pagford! I began to really care what happened to the people involved. I ended up on a side of the fight before I had even realised it had happened. The end of this book is nothing short of shocking. You will weep for these characters as if they were your neighbors and friends. I have lived in a few small towns and she hits things right on the head. The politics, the pompous attitude, the rich tapestry of intermingled lives is all there!