Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

It's all about family ...

Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.

In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.

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While I still thought this book was good, I didn't think it was quite as good as some of the earlier ones in the series. None of the threats that Sookie faced in this book seemed to have quite the immediacy of the previous threats she's weathered. There wasn't the sheer terror she faced during the faery war, or the monumental scale of destruction and loss of life that she went through in Rhodes. True, she often says she's very scared in this one, but somehow it's lacking a level of believability in most instances. Perhaps because of the way she's changed given her previous experiences. Whatever the case, while I think it was still a valuable addition to the series in many ways for some of the storylines it advanced, still I found it somewhat lacking compared to some of the others.

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