Dead in the Family (Review)

Book cover for "Dead in the Family" by Charlaine Harris.Title: Dead in the Family

Author: Charlaine Harris

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 311

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Borrowed from the library

From the cover:

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. 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 one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side — and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry.

(This is the tenth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, after Dead Until DarkLiving Dead in DallasClub DeadDead to the WorldDead as a DoornailDefinitely DeadAll Together DeadFrom Dead to Worse, and Dead and Gone.)

This is the book in the series where a lot of things fall into place for me. In True Blood, I’ve basically spent the whole series hoping that Sookie and Bill would get back together. While reading Dead in the Family, though, I had no such desires. Instead, I was perfectly happy to watch Sookie and Eric start a relationship, even when it seems like it’s hard work for both of them, and everyone’s working against them. There’s also a little plotline involving Bill’s new love life that I rather enjoyed as well. I feel like, if that had been incorporated into True Blood, I might not have had the same feelings of incompleteness that I get while watching it now. It would feel more right.

Having said that, this book’s not all fun and games to read. There’s lots of political intrigue, and a lot of inter-supe drama going on. Lots of action, anyways. It was a quick and fun book to read, even when things start to get crazy. It just feels a lot more like a “turning point” book than most others in the series, as things are shifting into place in a seemingly new direction for Harris. But maybe that’s a good thing, keeping things new and unexpected. Dead in the Family is a solid book, more than I can say for some of the others in the series.


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