Dead in the Family- Charlaine Harris

Synopsis (from amazon)

If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven’t seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric’s vampire sire, an ancient being, who arrives with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie’s tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.


I can’t say this has been my favourite in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I enjoyed it well enough but it didn’t seem to reach up to what I expected from the last book. It didn’t really follow on from where the last book had left off very well, and there had been some promising storylines there. Eric’s maker turning up just seemed to detract from the overall storyline, a bit like the a filler in an anime- entertaining in itself but not very important in the grand scheme of things. There was a good chunk of Eric-ness at the beginning (which I always enjoy) but he was disappointingly lacking- despite how things had stood in the previous book. I also found there was little real action in this book, stuff happened but the expected action was rushed into the last few pages- it was almost like Harris realised she had built up too much to deal with and had to get rid of some of it.

Again I was surprised about the err…intimate…details in this book. Really why does it still shock me? I think this one was a little more graphic, but if you wanted you could probably miss those parts without ruining the story.

Still worth a read but Dead in the Family is certainly not the best in the series.

I find it amusing that an advert for True Blood just came on the TV.


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