This review is for the HBO series not for the book. I saw it 2 years ago on HBO and found it awesome.. It's refreshing in a tragic way.. The book is a brilliant peice of work as everyone knows. The casual Vacancy is a Dark, moving and heartbreaking story. It's funny but in a dark way. It's stunning portrayal of characters that we see everyday is riveting. But the series goes one step ahead according to me. It brings out the drama all too perfectly. It moves you to tears .. It makes u laugh.. All that at same time.. The actors portray the characters that u love and u loath with perfection. The music, the visuals everything is superb. Watch the series if u haven't read the book. Watch all the same if u have. Stories like these don't come very often in a lifetime. I found the climax better in the series. But if u look at the whole story its better in book.