Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review of Dead In The Family

Author: Charlaine Harris
First published in 2010
Thickness: 311 pages

Sookie Stackhouse somehow survived the Faery War, but life never seems to get easy for Bon Temps' telepathic (but tip-poor) barmaid. In the tenth instalment of Charlaine Harris's resilient Southern Vampire series, Sookie and heartthrob Eric Northman come under intense regal scrutiny, but there are dangers even closer at hand: The doors to Faery slammed shut before some Fae were able to return and they're holding Sookie very personally responsible.  (Source:

I didn't get too excited (and with this series you can take that quite literally, ^^) by this 10th installment of the famous Southern Vampires series. 
It was sloppy, written too fast with no real thread through the novel. Things seem to happen and not all that happened was explained. (Whatever happened further with Bill and Judith??) Instead of reading someone reaching some goal, or trying to survive a certain twist of fate, I read about a girl where random things happen and many many people take advantage of. 
Sookie tries to tell herself that she's an independent woman who stands her own ground, but in this novel I very much thought the opposite. 
The relationship to Eric doesn't feel credible either. A love affair can't be about the spectacular sex all the time, that's just sheer lust confused with intimacy. When I read it, I was sure that the right choice for Sookie was under her nose from the very beginning, her boss Sam. The feelings are there, but she seems terrified to act upon it. Don't know what's holding her back. She could have it all,  instead of having a boyfriend that never ages and won't give her a family she one day might want. 

Well, of course I know that many people have different opinions of what Sookie should do, and in the end it's the writer that calls the shots, but I do hope she will get a happy ending, still living and not stonecold and never-aging. With what these novels tell me, being a vampire isn't all that fantastic either. 

In comparison to other the other Sookie Stackhouse novels, this one is mediocre, if not the least so far.