Title: Definitely Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2006
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one — even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire queen of New Orleans. Hadley’s left everything she had to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people don’t want her looking too deeply into Hadley’s past or Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her…
I think I rather preferred the version of Hadley in the book series than in True Blood. Even though she’s never really depicted alive – or undead – in the books, there’s a certain sense of her that you get in Definitely Dead. You get to know her a little through the recollections of the Queen of Louisiana, and through some of the other things that happen in the book (I don’t want to give spoilers … but the witch Amelia is so much more fun to read about than the witches in the tv show were to watch).
This book also brought about rather interesting relationships between Sookie and some of the other characters, most importantly Quinn, the were-tiger. Really, I love him. I wish he were more of a focus in the series than he is. There’s real chemistry between him and Sookie, and a kind of honesty that doesn’t exist with so many of her other love interests.
While Definitely Dead was, overall, slightly less exciting and more predictable than some of the other plotlines, I still think you should read the book. If for nothing else, then to get a bit more understanding of Sookie’s family dynamics and of the relationships between different types of supernaturals in Harris’ world.