Terrible display of someone trying to milk a dead cow! Save your money-harris took mine-should have never purchased such a book as it lacks substance and clearly she just leaves the plot open to sell another book. Next time i will be aware and not bother wasting my money.
I liked it. It makes sense within the series. And the story continues.
I don't usually bother to review books (I just read 'em and move on), but after absolutely loving the entire SookieStackhouse series, the many one-star, disgruntled reviews of this latest entry in the Stackhouse series are forcing me to chime in and say that I'm glad I read it, and I can't wait for the next book in the series (I've started reading through Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake books in the meantime, and they're a decent read, but in my opinion, no match to the complex plotlines, finely etched characters and humor in Charlaine Harris' books; not to mention, Anita isn't even as remotely as endearing as Sookie is).
At any rate, for anyone who may also be temporarily scared off by the bogus "discredit to her fans" reviews on Amazon, I say, move ahead. Read "Dead in the Family." Sure, it isn't the most jam-packed-with-action book in the Stackhouse series, but it does give a lot of back-story, a lot of leads for future stories and it's just as well-written as Harris' work always is. Did it leave me just wanting more? Sure. I can't wait for the next one to come out. I'm officially a fan. Thanks, Charlaine.
If you have never read any of Charlaine Harris' books don't start with this one or you'll never pick up another. I have read the entire SookieStackhouse series, (actually I've read most of her other books too) this one is just mediocre at best. I was happy to read it and catch up on Sookie, Eric, Bill, Sam and the rest but this book was all over the place.
When Eric uses "my lover" (constantly, I might add) as a term of endearment when talking to Sookie it is simply cringe worthy. Who talks like that? Eric is supposed to be the Armani wearing, Corvette driving, President of the Cool Kids Club, but Ms. Harris insists on giving him dialouge that sounds like Christopher Walken on the old "The Continental" skits on Saturday Night Live.
I love the Sookie Stackhouse books, I love the "TrueBlood" series on HBO and for me that is the problem. Since the "TrueBlood" series has been on I have been less satisfied with Ms. Harris' books. In my opinion only, the "TrueBlood" writers are better than Charlaine Harris. Her books seem amateurish compared to the brilliant writing on "TrueBlood". I will always be grateful to her for creating such outstanding characters, but it's almost like a parent who has a child who is gifted in a sport, they nurture that talent but when the child gets world class coaching they realize their full potential. I know it sounds like I am gushing over the TV series, but if you are a fan of both the show and the books you know what I mean.
That said, I will always buy Charlaine Harris books because I know what they can be.
Until "True Blood" started on HBO I had never heard of Charlaine Harris or the SookieStackhousenovels, but I am VERY happy I came across them through the show and this latest addition to the series continues to meet the high expectations of the story and characters. I am in the process of re-reading the series after having read this one when it came in so I can have a fresh memory of it all-together as a "family". I highly recommend this series!
The #1 New York Times bestselling SookieStackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood-continues!
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...