Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead In The Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Ace
Available: Now
Number of pages: 320
Reading Level: Adult

I purchased my copy


Description from Goodreads:

Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam’s brother’s marriage is about to take place... or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives...

My thoughts:

In Dead in the Family we catch up with Sookie who is still healing physically and emotionally from the trauma she endured in Dead and Gone. She is with Eric and possibly in love, her witch roommate has been replaced by a faery, and it seems womanizer Jason might be turning over a new leaf. The book started off on a depressing note which worried me. The level of angst in the last book was hard to handle and I was not up for a repeat performance. Things did start to lighten up but the bubbly Sookie I’ve come to know and love was consistently absent. Instead we have a cynical Sookie who reminds me an awful lot of the drop dead (pun intended) gorgeous vampire Eric. I don’t know if her new attitude is a result of the violence she has encountered or the blood bond with Eric. Maybe both? 

The story does delve back into life for the Weres after the great reveal. Things aren’t going as smoothly for the two natured as they had hoped. The government wants to force them to register like the vampires. Alcide returns with a favor to ask of Sookie and she is a gracious hostess as always. He has changed so much from the werewolf we met in Club Dead but still only seems to show up when he wants something. I guess some things never change. I really liked him initially but he has progressed into a character I don’t care for. We also meet the newest members of the Long Tooth Pack. Sam is also around and trying to be a good friend to Sookie.  I would consider him her safest friend.  I’m "Team Eric" but I’ll admit I have a soft spot in my heart for the shapeshifter.

I can’t forget the undead citizens of Louisiana. Bill is suffering from silver poisoning and has Sookie concerned enough to do a little breaking and entering. We also have the opportunity to spend time with Pam! She just happens to be my favorite Louisiana vamp (why yes, I do have a total girl crush on the fictional vamp). She didn’t get much page time in Dead and Gone so I was thrilled to see her back and as snarky as ever.  All the Eric fangirls won’t be thrilled by the lack of the viking vampire. Yes, he is around but not nearly as much as I was hoping for. Mrs. Harris has also thrown some new vampires into the mix including minions of Victor and Eric’s maker and “little brother”. Can you say awkward?

I did enjoy this book. It was better than Dead and Gone which I found horribly depressing but not as exciting as earlier books in the series. Honestly compared to earlier books this one was (do I dare say it) boring. The entire plot was slow paced with the exception of one action scene early in the book and I felt the conclusion fell flat. Will this stop me from reading the next book? It sure won’t! This is one of my favorite series and I hope this isn’t a sign of it losing it’s mojo. 

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  1. Awe...I never thought Sookie and Eric..*sob*

  2. This is a series that I just don't get. I started to read book 1 three times already but just can't get into the story.

    After reading some reviews about the last two books I think I will give up on trying to get into the series for now. Maybe I will try book 1 again in a few months.

  3. I really should try this series. Are they as bloody as the show appears?

  4. Juju, the books are very different from the show. There is some violence and sex but I wouldn’t consider it graphic really. The show is pretty extreme in the blood and gore. Last season I had to hide my eyes a few times LOL

    Sabrina, I think this is a series you either love or hate. I loved the first 8 books and read them all within a week. Books 9 and 10 just didn’t do it for me but I’m not ready to give up yet.

    Darlyn, are you a Bill fan?

  5. Oh noes!!! I, too, wasn't a big fan of the disillusioned, moping Sookie from the last book in the series. And the ending of Dead and Gone, don't even get me started!!

    Great review! Hopefully I'll be able to get to this one soon, (Pam is one of my favs, too btw!). Maybe the next installment will get its mojo back. :D