Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

DeadintheFamilyTitle: Dead in the Family
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
Date Started: April 19
Date Finished: April 23
Format: ebook from the digital library

So, remember how I said that Sookie being tortured was going to have an affect on her in the next book? Well, I was right. Kind of. Dead in the Family is a little bit different than the other nine books in the series. Instead of getting into the nitty gritty real quick, this book has a very lengthy prologue that deals with the aftermath of Dead and Gone. Sookie isn’t the same sunshiny girl that she’s been. She’s dark. She’s in a lot of pain. And she can’t even get her happy time with Eric – which is a real shame, considering that’s the most he shows up in the whole book. Eventually the prologue ends with Sookie coming back to her old self and everything seems to be all right.

But it’s not. The Weres and the shifters are in a lot of trouble with the government. With the whole reveal, steps must now be taken to see if they have to register with the government like the vampires do. The supes aren’t too happy about that and are trying their best to get out of doing this. Claude – Claudine’s brother – comes to move in with Sookie, spouting some nonsense about being nearer to his own kin. I know she doesn’t really like her fay cousin, but man, he does have his moments and I have to give him a lot of credit for trying. Anyway, there is more reason to him moving in and it has to deal with some stray fairies wondering around even though Niall closed the portal in the last book.

And as usual, what would a Sookie Stackhouse book be without vampires and bodies? Bill is still dealing with the silver poisoning from saving her and he isn’t doing all that well. Considering he got it while saving her, she does her best to find someone to help him heal. And while we’re on the subject, Eric finally explains why he wasn’t the one who came to save her. He was with Victor and he forbade him from going to save her. This brings up a whole plan where Eric, Sookie, and Pam have to get rid of Victor before he gets rid of them. Unfortunately that plan never really comes together; instead Eric has to deal with his maker and his new protégée coming to town. And man…Harris has fun bringing pop culture figures to the side of the undead. This time around it’s Alexi Romanov and he’s also not right in the head.

Okay, so, you would think, considering Eric and Sookie are now together you would see a lot of the Viking in this book. But like I said before, the beginning was the most you see him in this whole book, which is sad considering the drama deals with his maker and new brother. But you know, even though I hated the fact that he wasn’t in it as much as I wanted him to be, I’m glad at the same time, because you got to see Sookie deal with her own shit without him around. I also like the fact that she dealt more with her family and her friends instead of the vampire and Were drama.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This series has to come to a close soon, right? Because there’s not much else that these books can focus on. But then again look at the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson that’s gone on for 14 books. So, we shall see…

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