Title: Dead in the Family
Author: Charlaine Harris
No. of Pages: 311
First Released: May 2010
Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books): “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…”
Comments and Critique: (Because this number ten in the series, there is a potential for spoilers. Reader, be warned.)
To expect all of the books in the series to be at the same caliber of excellence is not realistic. I know this but I cannot help but be disappointed when I come across one that is not quite up to par. Unfortunately, Dead in the Family is just such a one.
To be fair, it is not the fault of Ms. Harris. I think it is the nature of the plot. Some books have to move the story forward, while others have to build up the story enough to move it forward at a later date. Dead in the Family is one that requires the story to build a bit before it can move forward. I say this because not much happens in this book. Sookie and Erik get closer and realize more difficulties in their relationship. Bill is still out there, waiting in the wings. I never feared for Sookie’s life because it was never truly in danger, as it has in the past. The entire book felt like filler.
This, however, does not mean that I did not enjoy it. I still did. Erik and Sookie do make one hot couple. I am enjoying the darker, harder, more cautious, and less forgiving Sookie, just as I continue to enjoy all of the characters. I like that Jason is finally acting like an adult, that they are all coming to grips with past actions. I particularly enjoyed Ms. Harris’s reference to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”, knowing that it remains the title song behind the HBO series, True Blood. Little nods to real life tickle me to no end.
Overall, I remain satisfied with Dead in the Family and series in general. I am excited about the potential for future books. Ms. Harris has a battle brewing that I cannot wait to see resolved. Therein lies the true enjoyment of the series. Ms. Harris has a gift for creating characters that are realistic, makes you care about them, and withholds just enough about their future to leave you wanting more. Ten books later, she remains a master.
I did not spend a dime of my money because I borrowed it from a friend! Honestly, I think this is the first time a friend of mine had a book that I did not yet own. Interesting.