Title: Dead as a Doornail
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2005
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural — but now it’s really hitting close to home. When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time — a transformation he embraces more readily than most shapeshifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks — unless the killer decides to find her first.
Dead as a Doornail was probably one of my least favourite of the series. I think I just didn’t find Jason’s story that compelling, or maybe I don’t like the werepanthers as much? Not sure.
I did find the explanation of the different kinds of weres – based on pure vs. mixed parentage vs. being bitten – interesting, and I liked Calvin a lot more in the book than I had in True Blood. But aside from that, the rest of the story simply didn’t catch my attention the way that the other books, with their stronger focus on the vampires, had.