Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris


3 star

Vampires, Shapeshifters, Sex, True Blood, Murder, Louisiana

In the 11th installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, Sookie must work out her problems with Eric, uncover why Merlotte’s is so empty of late, and witness a harrowing number of deaths.  The pacing is surprisingly life-like and endears the reader to Sookie: she does her laundry, worries about her car, and plans a baby shower—all while running from attackers, reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend Bill, and plotting a murder.  Despite this, the conflict is stretched thin: there is plenty of action, but little plot advancement.  Sookie’s moral struggles continue, and her relationship with Eric has nearly reached its breaking point.  It will be interesting to watch the political fallout from this book and the development of her relationship.

(Earlier books: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, from Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family)
(Later books: Deadlocked, Dead Ever After


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