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Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 10) Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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"Mixes humorous Southern-fried fantasy with biting satirical commentary." -- Publishers Weekly--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I think after reading Dead and Gone I expected a lot more to come out of DITF. I thought that I would see more of Bill and Sookie working on their relationship. Be that as friends or more. I expected a great deal about Sookie and Eric. I thought that Alcide would play more of a role especially after Tray. I even thought Quinn might show back up. While we got some answers about Eric and Sookie several more were brought to the surface. Bill and Alcide were just glazed over essentially and Quinn was never mentioned. This booked seemed unfinished almost as if it were a stepping stone to the next book.
Several plot lines were introduced bought not resolved. This book could have been magnificent but it wasn't.
The problem I have with this book is that I can't sit here and tell you what BIG thing happened. Several little things were brought about, but no big climax. The story flowed nicely but if felt like it was just a normal Sookie day sitting out in the sun waiting for something bad to happen. While I appreciate that Sookie needs time to recover the story lacked momentum.
As a reader I feel that I've waited a year and I didn't get the fix I needed. It's almost as if my book was missing 200 or so pages. The story I received was nice but I keep looking for the next part.
What it gets right: Eric, Sookie gets her moxie back (mostly), Eric gets even more complex character development, the progression in Eric and Sookie's ability to express their love for each other, Bill getting his own Happily Ever After in such an unpredictable but welcome way to tie up his storyline, the return of some of the humor that endeared the early books to so many fans, the deepening friendship between Pam and Sookie, Jason maturing and acting the part of big brother for once, Claude's protectiveness of Sookie, and the more leisurely pacing overall.
I have long been a fan of Eric/Sookie, and I was definitely pleased with how things progress between them in this book. The mutual admissions of love were lovely (from Eric: "When my eyes open, I think of you, of every part of you" and "If this is not true love, it's as close as anyone gets"). It seems that Sookie is less and less concerned about the blood bond and is now acknowledging to herself and Eric that her feelings are as genuine as his. They laugh, banter, flirt, argue (and make up!), support each other, share emotions and secrets, express their love and protect each other fiercely.
I must say that I was surprised in reading the more negative reviews to see how many were penned by professed Eric/Sookie fans, who were lamenting the lack of sizzle and romantic tension. It seems to me that there is still sizzle between them, but the sexual tension is naturally tamped down to some extent now that the chase is over and they have settled into a relationship. I think Ms.Read more ›
Just after Amelia leaves for New Orleans, Sookie's cousin Claude appears at her home and asks to move in with her, since he's a lone fairy who needs the presence of another. Bill is suffering from silver poisoning AND depression, and Sookie has to find a "relative" who can help him. And Eric has some family issues as well -- his maker Appius Livius Ocella shows up on Sookie's doorstep, along with his "son"/lover Alexei.
To make matters worse, unidentified fairies and weres have been crossing Sookie's land,, and it also turns out that there's a dead body buried back there. And it's not Debbie Pelt's. Now Sookie must unravel the secrets plaguing the supernaturals around her, or there might be even more deaths.
"Dead in the Family" feels like Charlaine Harris wrote half-a-dozen short stories, ripped them apart at the seams, and then sewed them back together. There's no central plot to this book, just a mass of fluffy subplots woven loosely around each other. And some of the stories don't really have much point to them, so the book feels cluttered and fragmented.
The saving grace is that some of those subplots ARE interesting, mainly the ones that develop the characters -- the whole subplot involving Bill and the elderly Caroline Bellefleur is quite sweet and touching, and it should be interesting to see where Harris takes the religious/political pressure on the weres.Read more ›
I'm left with the feeling that there was no one main storyline, but a bunch of little intermingled story lines. I lacked the fervent compulsion to continue reading that I had experienced with the other books in the series. I was disappointed with the amount of "Page Time" given to Eric/Sookie interactions, and to Sookie's recovery, and Sookie's first visit to Eric's house, and...on and on it goes. The ending felt a little anticlimactic to me as well, as if I had just read a 310 page preface to Book 11. It was like the roadside attractions you'd see in between a tour of NYC and Miami...just bland compared to the true metropolitan gems in the trip.
Another reviewer stated here that they had read better fanfiction than this, and I can't help but agree. It's a harsh statement to make, but it seems almost like the author's lost her passion to tell this story.
Here's hoping Ms. Harris will troll some fanfic sites before writing Book 11, or will fall back in love with Sookie and Eric and craft another masterwork of fiction, like the earlier books in the series! I'll still read the next book, but I won't set my hopes as high next time...and I'll keep reading the great Eric / Sookie fanfic out there to tide me over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A few weeks and months and it will take me out and get my money and time consuming but it doesn't even work in my room for me I was like I don't have any more to do that in mind... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Griffin
Loved it!! Series was kinda slow at first one book was kinda boring but stick with it!! They only get better. Short quick mystery novels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books. If you like True Blood you will like these even better!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another great Sookie story! Twisting plot really sent this story in a great direction! A must read for Harris fans.Published 2 months ago by anita maguire