Book Review- Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

From the Publishers:

“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…”

I was only sort of happy with this book.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but I wasn’t head over heels in love with it like book #9.  This was a properly sedate aftermath to the horrors that Sookie Faced after enduring Evil Fairy Torture and the deaths of at least 5 people that she cared about in once time span.  She should be angry!  It just didn’t translate into exciting reading for me.  We learn more about Sookies relationship with Eric and how they are able to translate their blood bond into a real and true love, as well as how she is basically a politician’s wife and has a certain decorum that she must abide by within the vampire community.  I think that she would have made a great Senators wife, especially when she suggests that Victor should be “disappeared”.

***SPOILERS*** I do find it very interesting that she breached the topic of what sort of trauma Eric’s maker had put him through by forcing him to be his sex slave for a century or so and the awkward nature of the Vamps being frozen at an age when Ocella appears with the pre-pubescent Alexi Romanov and Sookie knows darn well that they are Schtooping AND she’s not sure until he shares his madness with her that he isn’t insane from having been molested.  This is an interesting topic and I loved how all of these realistic issues are placed in the supernatural context- that’s my favorite part of this series, but it was just sort of slow.  I do wish that we had gone more into the fairy back story that was playing itself out through the who plot- the big bad was the pissed off father of Claudine’s baby trying to set Sookie up to be arrested or killed and I would actually liked to have seen him be a bit more, well, evil.


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