Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)
by Charlaine Harris
For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She’s blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don’t even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn’t realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings–older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves– is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
Charlaine has added Chapter 1 of Dead and Gone, the next anticipated book in the Southern Vampire series. Book 9 can be pre-ordered! Read Chapter One from Dead and Gone on Charlaine Harris Official Site
Dead and Gone Chapter One
Dead and Gone begins with a quirky take on a what not to wear version for vampires on the tv set. It was great to see Sookie have a chance to laugh for once. But the laughter is short lived for my favorite telepathic waitress. The Weres and Shifters are poised to have their version of the vampire “Great Revelation” and reveal their other nature to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse finds herself at Merlotte’s ready for trouble once again. This time the tv set is not showing a fun reality show but with a newsman faced with a pretty face who just declared that she is a werewolf and proceeds to shift in front of the camera. Fortunately the big Were Reveal goes well and the residents of Bon Temps shake it off and accept their friends and neighbors who are other natured.
However not all were happy with this new set of beings coming out into the real world. Once again tragedy strikes in Bon Temps and Sookie finds herself using her special “gift” to help solve another crime. Sookie’s world continues to grow deeper into the world of the supernatural and yes faces even more dangers in this book. Ms. Harris has continued to build on the twists and turns that have come to be well known to her fans of the Sookie series. Since this book is the ninth installment to the series I would not recommend a reader to be able to jump right into this book without having more than a few questions. Yes there are quite a few of the plot items and questions from the prior books that do come up in this one.
I highly recommend the series. I found myself devouring the books once I discovered them. I could not wait for the next book to finally come out. Sookie’s world continues to grow as penned by Ms. Harris. There are more than a few diverting plots in this book. Some may find more questions raised rather than answered in this installment. That is part of the charm for me in the series. This book was quite a bit darker and I did find myself in tears more than once. The emotions that the book is able to bring out when I read it just gives proof in the power of reading. Fans can see the TV Show “True Blood” which is based on the book series. However the show is the creation of Alan Ball and the books bring out a deeper many layered world that the show can not do in the one hour it has to air. Yes as the season do go on (and hopefully it will) we may get to see more of the book Sookie we grew to love. I do get frustrated when some of the bigger questions don’t get fully answered. Guess that is why I keep going back for more!
Dead and Gone did not fill all the plot gaps that I would have loved to see completed but I did enjoy it very much. I do hope that in the next book more of the burning questions are answered.