Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10)

Warning! This review contains spoilers.

My 3 star review of Dead in the Family (DITF) is generous given that this book felt like a haphazard slapstick piece of work. Given the success of the books, that are now a popular HBO Series True Blood, it appears as though Charlaine Harris doesn’t regard her work very highly and merely gave us a 300 page mess of plots to keep us going and an adventure into the rabbit hole that is Sookie’s head.

It was nice to see that Sookie for once was not dealing with another battle and had 300 pages to recover and heal but what’s up with all the heartache? Couldn’t you give the woman a proper sex scene and some alone time with her lover? Why bring in the maker and a troubled vampire child? That seemed completely irrelevant.

Many of the plot lines stopped and ended abruptly. Vampire Bill’s silver poisoning from the Fae War in book 9 was resolved with a quick email to his sister. Something Bill couldn’t have done himself given his maker is dead and he’s the creator of the mass database? Why did Sookie have to step in and save the day? This could have provided for a good resolution to their inner conflict and a way for Sookie and Bill to heal their relationship instead of sending him off to be with his sister. Instead Sookie gets a note shoved under the door as a way of thank you.

Another startling revelation was the appearance of Dermot. This could have made for quite an interesting plot and an opportunity for us to learn more about his character. Instead we learned he’s under a spell, that Claude has some magic to heal him, and Sookie has the answer – a kiss. Voila! The spell is broken and another missed chance at learning about this elusive character.

The books hints heavily at the fact that Sookie and Eric might not end up together. Sookie oddly seems content with this. I’m sure fans are not. I wasn’t. Who’s left for Sookie? There’s mention of the troubled angry pack leader Alcide but only because she was under the influence of a drug to be his shaman at a were meeting.

In the end, there is little resolution and you’re left wanting more. The only action in the book comes in the last few pages during the deaths of a fairy that we learn little to nothing about (he appears to be Claudine’s lover) and Eric’s maker and brother. Then, the whole lot of the pack is rushed off to their places of rest and Sookie ends up in bed with her two fairy family members which is a little disturbing but she finds comfort in it. Wouldn’t this have been an opportunity for her to go home with Eric considering she hardly saw him throughout the entire book? It’s like they’ve already broken up.

This book was a filler at best. I have no idea where Harris plans to take the plot from here but I’m hoping we learn more in the next book. I don’t want to wait a year and read another mess of subplots and half baked theories

 

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