Title: From Dead to Worse
Author: Charlaine Harris
No. of Pages: 303
First Released: May 2008
Synopsis (Courtesy of B&N): “After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone—human and otherwise—is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing.
It’s clear that things are changing—whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie—Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community—is caught up in the changes.
In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered.”
Comments and Critiques: You all know how I feel about this series. I have been drawn to it from the very beginning. Shapeshifters, vampires, witches, fairies, telepaths – seriously, what’s not to like? So, when I decided to read the eighth book of the series for the RIP Challenge, I couldn’t wait to get started.
The book started out promisingly. Ms. Harris inserts plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader turning the pages. Unfortunately, it fizzles out halfway through the book. She resolves the issues fairly early in the book. Either that, or I just wasn’t feeling it this time. I didn’t fear for Sookie’s life as much as I probably should have.
Given how this book ends, I’m concerned what else could be in store for Sookie. Every guy she finds ends up hurting her in some way. Why? Can’t she get a happy ending? Or is Ms. Harris trying to tell us that we do not need a man to be happy? I’m not quite certain I buy this argument because Sookie is not happy. She wants to get married and have a family; after eight books, I’m ready for her to be happy. She definitely deserves it.
I found it difficult to truly immerse myself in this book. I feel like it was too easy for me to read while distracted and still follow the book. My ability to lose myself in these books is exactly why I like the series, so the fact that I couldn’t do it with this one left me very disappointed.
I would recommend this to anyone who is in love with the series, but this is definitely not a book you can pick up and expect to understand what is happening. Ms. Harris definitely builds upon each book, and I found that she draws all seven books for this one.
I’m curious – was anyone as disappointed with it as I was? What are your thoughts?