After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death…and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.
Still reeling from the horrible explosion at the Vampire Hotel in Rhodes, Sookie Stackhouse is trying to get her life back to normal. Well as normal as a telepathic waitress with romantic involvements with supernatural beings ever can. She and Barry the Bellman (fellow telepath) did their best to try and save as many humans and vampires possible from the aftermath of the Rhodes explosion. Their actions brought them into the radar. A place they did not really want to be.
From Dead to Worse picks up after the explosion with happier times in Bon Temps. Sookie and Sam are busy getting ready for a wedding reception for the big double Bellefleur wedding. Sookie tries not to worry why her were-tiger boyfriend, Quinn has not been in contact with her since the explosion.
Surrounded by friends and folks who are getting married and planning for babies do not sour her mood. Sookie once again shows her mettle no matter what pain she is in be it emotional or physical. She proves to be a survivor. She is learning to deal with the impact of being blood bound to a certain blonde vampire. As frustrating as having that bond in her life has been she is learning that just being in proximity to him can make her feel better. (which further adds to her frustration and makes for some humorous dialogue)
Sookie learns of a deep family secret and it is a doozy! It helps explain why Claudine has been in her life recently and fill in a few gaps in her past.
She finds herself in danger once again and survives an attack unscathed. The reason for the attack is the start of another mystery solving session for Sookie. She is once again facing danger due to her involvement with the world of the supernatural.
Her roomie is also facing worries of her own and faces the prospect of answering to her mentor for some unwise spell casting. (yes Sookie’s world is full of the supernatural even the humans in her life aren’t just human). Her roomie’s special abilities help Sookie try to solve the mystery of who or what is killing off the female weres.
The plot line of Sookie facing danger yet again to solve a murder (or in this case more than one) might start to wear thin for some readers if it were not penned by Ms. Harris. The additional layers to Sookie’s universe keeps growing in a way to keep my interest as a fan of the series and as a reader peaked.
Facing the prospect of another full out supernatural war meant another chance to see the Sookie’s strength. Not just physical strength but her emotional strength. The depth of her compassion for her friends and family make her even stronger and I loved seeing that part of her again. She faces the fact that her once boring tiny world is changing in many ways.
There is never a dull moment in the world created by Ms. Harris for Sookie Stackhouse. Just when you recover from reading some of the action and take a breath to soak it in Sookie faces the harsh reality of the political and very dangerous implications of the vampire world.
Although a certain revelation is not fully discussed at least it was finally addressed. Sookie proves her worth as a friend to the humans in her life and also to the shifters, weres and vampires in her world. This book did provide some answers I had as a fan of the series but yet I felt it was still missing some other answers that I hope will be addressed in the future books.
The varying parts and plot lines in From Dead to Worse were very varied and did jump around a bit. Some did tie together well but they were not cohesive as a whole unit. I am a die-hard fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and yes I did enjoy the book. It was not one of my most favorite ones but it did contain some of my favorite moments and quotes.
This book is for the fans who were left waiting to hear of what happens next to Sookie after all the disasters in the prior book “All Together Dead”. It did fill in some gaps and answer some questions (but not all of them). Ms. Harris knows how to weave a tale that keeps fans coming back for more!