With the way things were left in Dead and Gone, I couldn’t wait for Charlaine Harris’ tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead in the Family. I was counting down the days for this book, looking forward to getting lost in another thrilling story with Sookie; however, Dead in the Family isn’t quite up to the usual standards that the fans are so used to.
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. 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 the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…
In Dead in the Family, we learn a lot more about Eric. With the appearance from someone in his past, his relationship with Sookie is threaten and while I could say more, I’m not going to. Read the spoiler section below.
I didn’t have a problem not wanting to read it, but it wasn’t like the other books that dragged you in until you couldn’t put it down. There are a lot of subplots throughout the book, but I thought Dead in the Family was lacking a major plot and the excitement the other books in this series had. It seemed like everything was cluttered together and there was just too much going on to really focus on one thing. Overall I was disappointed and thought it fell short of the rest of the series.
Dead in the Family gives a lot of background on other characters as well and answers a lot of the questions some may have regarding various characters in this series. One thing I did like was that I thought Sookie has changed as a character. Before Dead in the Family, I thought for all she has seen and gone through, she should be harder. With this new addition, you were able to see that start to show.
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
Dead in the Family
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From the synopsis I thought we would have more Eric and Sookie time throughout the book. However with his Maker, Appius Livius Ocella, and his vampire brother in town, Eric is off dealing with that. You see him throughout the book from time to time, but honestly I expected more. Even though Sookie and Eric are married in the vampire way, Sookie does not feel married she only thinks of Eric as her boyfriend. There are some against their relationship, but they seem to have a very solid relationship, even if Sookie doesn’t get to spend as much time with him as she would like.
Throughout this book there was much going on, Amelia leaves for New Orleans, Sookie’s cousin Claude appears at her home and asks to move in with her, since he’s one of the last fairies, and misses the company of others. Bill is suffering from silver poisoning, and Sookie has to find someone who can help him, unidentified fairies have been crossing Sookie’s land, and someone is trying to frame Sookie for a dead body that is buried on her land (and it’s not Debbie Pelt’s).