Friday, 18 June 2010
Review: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Author's Website: charlaineharris.com
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It’s all about family…
If you think your relationships are complicated think again: you haven’t seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric’s vampire sire, an ancient being who arrives with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie’s tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton.
In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.
Life in Bon Temps, Louisiana is always interesting…
Dead in the Family is the highly anticipated tenth novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is once again having to help out the local werewolf pack and deal with unruly vampires. At the same time she is reconnecting with those that she stopped having proper relationships with when she delved deeper into the supernatural world.
In this book we meet Eric’s maker, Appius, and his new brother, Alexei. We are introduced to another child of Lorena’s, who may or may not be able to help Bill’s ongoing silver poisoning. Claude moves in with Sookie and we get to see a different side to him. Hunter returns and the moments with him are very warm and cute.
Alcide once again gets Sookie involved in pack matters and when she is meant to just be on the sidelines. She gets hauled in and is butt deep in weres before she can say ‘bite me’. The ever growing pack are on edge constantly in this book until it comes to a climax, but the threat is still there. Now they need to decide how to get rid of it.
Bill is in some serious pain and needs help. He has started giving up on everything, life and even his work. Sookie feels real bad for him and wants to help, but she doesn’t know how. Eventually Sookie gets an idea and tries her hand at helping him.
Appius is a force to be reckoned with and Sookie doesn’t like him one bit. Being around him as well as Eric’s new sibling, it sets Sookie at unease. She can feel what Eric is feeling and it doesn’t help matters. Eric’s brother needs help, but the question is will he take the help provided or bite the hand that feeds him?
Trouble is brewing in Shreveport and soon it’s going to become a storm. Eric and Sookie are feeling the strain of Eric’s family, Appius and Alexei, being around but with this added stress it soon takes a toll on their time together. Sookie wants the trouble maker dead, but does she get her wish?
My favourite part of this book was the first time, I think, Sookie takes us to Eric’s house and they basically lunge for each other as you would if you had not seen one another for a long period of time. The description of Eric’s house was amazing and you just know that a man with that much money and power has to have some serious taste and he does. Also I like the moment between Sookie and Pam when she is driving Sookie back to Bon Temps after seeing Eric.
I was very happy to find out that one of my speculations regarding the fairy that wants to do Sookie harm was right. This made my day when I read about who the fairy was and why they wanted to hurt Sookie, I practically punched my fist in the air with glee.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it lacked the action as previous books but I am sure Charlaine is building up to this. Dead in the Family wrapped up some loose ends regarding Sookie and Eric’s feeling towards one another, Sookie’s relationship with Bill and Alcide and getting her life back on track. Eventually Sookie’s life starts to take on a more normal appearance. Well as normal as a mind reader, dating a very powerful vampire that happens to be her husband and being related to fairy’s can be.
Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.