“Dead in the Family”

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)’s True Blood-continues! After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…

Review:

The tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series brings fans once again into her life as Bon Temp’s telepathic barmaid. We find Sookie is still recovering from the awful events of book 9 “Dead and Gone”. The passage of time may help heal the physical wounds but there are many emotional wounds still open. Even with the blood of two vampires in her system, Sookie is having trouble healing. Hurt and angry over those events don’t darken the one bright spot in her life. Her very hot yet very undead vampire heart throb Eric Northman is her solace.

The peace and quiet she may enjoy is short lived. Once again Sookie find herself facing danger. Her relationship with the Viking Vampire Sheriff also has her facing additional danger since he is under scrutiny by the new Vampire King. Sookie’s worries also continue to grow due to her connection to the world of the Weres. The political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt. Sookie is drawn into the debate in true Stackhouse form.

This book had more than it’s share of great plot lines. That is not unusual for this series. However much I enjoyed the book (which I did) the fact that there were so many plots that just did not get fully addressed did detract from my enjoyment. The different plot lines were only touched upon and seemed to lack more substance. I know I can’t get all the questions answered but this time it seemed there were many more left at the end of the book than when I started.

Eric’s character also seemed to suffer from these plot lines. His character seemed very much out of “character” and acted quite the opposite from the strong male take action as in the past. Granted the “family” part of the title of this book did have quite an impact on Eric’s undead life. I did enjoy learning more about his pre-Sookie past. Exploring the topic of family in the human and undead forms was a highlight for me in this book.

The action did seem to build at a painfully slow pace. The blend of action, comedy and yes the requisite romance I’ve grown to love from this series was present. Just the pace and multiple plot lines made it a bit difficult at times to keep up with that action. (even if it was slow).

The aspect of Sookie’s special heritage also came to light in this book. The doorway to that special world was sealed away in the last book but that does not mean that all is still safe for Sookie. Facing a life filled with trouble at every corner in her life might make another character run away. Yet it is the strength that Sookie continues to show after all that she has endured and lived through (barely) that keeps me coming back for more. Yes I did enjoy the book. It was not my all time favorite one but I will definitely keep enjoying this series!

 

 

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2 thoughts on ““Dead in the Family”

  1. OK I read this book so fast cause I was so excited when I got my copy I couldn’t stop reading! I loved the book, but agree with you that there may have been too many plotlines! Eric’s character was different from the usual strong Eric, but like you mentioned he was greatly influenced by the presence of his family! Did love Sookie making more of a connection with her fae family. The title definitely fits the book…it’s about family!

    • I’m also guilty of reading this book way to quickly. I find myself re-reading all the books a few times to see if I’ve missed anything. Definitely all about family no matter what kind of family you have. Glad you enjoyed it!

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