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Book Cover Image: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine HarrisTitle: Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse #11

Author: Charlaine Harris

Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books):

“With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot — which is much more complicated than she knows…”

Thoughts: As with any series, there are going to be hits and misses. Not all of the books in the series can be outstanding, especially when an author has eleven books in the series. Dead Reckoning, unfortunately, is not one of the better ones in the Sookie Stackhouse series. While it remains obvious that Ms. Harris is maneuvering the series towards its final conclusion, the reader cannot help but feel that there is something lacking.

The problem is that after so many novels, the reader begins to wonder what possibly could happen next to poor Sookie. She has been on the verge of happiness so many times, only to have it snatched away again and again. She’s faced multiple life-or-death crises, battles, tricky situations, and more supernatural creatures than humans. Dare I say it? The story is just getting old.

Dead Reckoning felt sadly like a rehashing of a previous story. Sookie faces personal challenges while balancing the struggles of the vampires. She is called upon to help out in dangerous situations, and while she takes one move towards freeing herself from some of the supernatural set, they draw her back into the crowd more tightly. Sound familiar? Even worse, it was like a reunion show for anyone who has ever been involved in Sookie’s life in some way, shape, or form. All we are missing is Quinn, and the cast would be complete. The whole thing just felt forced.

With a series that remains so phenomenally popular, a reader is bound to be underwhelmed due to his or her own expectations. While I wasn’t expecting a truly stellar novel, I was hoping for something with a bit more suspense and surprise. However, even if Dead Reckoning is not the best in the series, it still remains enjoyable. More importantly, it does move the story forward towards the grand finale. Now that is something which is worth waiting to read.

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