Title: Dead Reckoning
Author: Charlaine Harris
Charlaine’s Website: CharlaineHarris.com
336 pages, Publisher: Ace
Buy The Book: Amazon
Summary: With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows… (Summary provided by Ace.)
With Dead Reckoning Charlaine Harris’s eleventh full length release in the Sookie Stackhouse series, I expected there was little left that Charlaine could add to Sookie’s ever expanding universe that would surprise or delight me as a reader. Boy, was I wrong! The eleventh book is just as good if not better than my favorite books in the series (Dead To The World #4,Definitely Dead #6, and All Together Dead #7).
Why did I enjoy it so much? Well for starters, readers learn a lot of new information regarding Sookie’s back story this time around, and Harris does a great job of humanizing Sookie’s great-uncle Dermot. There were a few times when reading this book where I just wanted to reach out and give the sweet, displaced fairy a hug. I really love that he is slowly redeeming himself for the horrible actions he committed while enchanted, and it was nice to see Sookie and Dermot building a friendship.
With Dead Reckoning readers also see Sookie once again getting drawn into vampire politics. Of course, this makes for lots of action and conflict in Sookie’s universe. Also, Harris once again surprises readers with a cameo involving characters from another one of her popular, long running series. As an avid reader of all of Harris’s different mystery series, I enjoy little surprises like this within her books.
Harris has the rare gift of being able to keep the plot and characters in a series as fresh and inviting as they were in the first outing, and this book is no exception. As always, Harris explains pertinent background information throughout the book, so readers new to the series should have no problem understanding the characters or plot. I read Dead Reckoning in the course of two sittings. It is an absolute page turner.
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