I'm the first to say that I just loved Sookie in the early novels. I thought she was full of spunk, cute as a button, and had a good dose of toughness. Plus I appreciated Charlaine Harris's sense of humor.
Unfortumately, the books have not held up to the early promise. I plan to finish up the series, mostly because I think there are only two books left, but I'm not as enamored of Sookie as I used to be. In addition, I miss the old womanizing Jason, the jealous Bill, the sexy Eric, the sarcastic Pam, and the hot Alcide.
In Dead in the Family, the tenth in the series, Sookie is recovering from her injuries sustained in the Fae war. At the same time, she is caught up in her relationships with the vampires, weres, and faeries. Although I didn't figure out who the bag guys were, I didn't think this installment added much to Sookie's story or the overall development of the characters, except maybe Eric.
If you're a big Sookie fan or, like me, you just have a need to finish the series, then you'll find Dead in the Family entertaining and a pleasant diversion. However, this installment is not Harris at her best.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition (Recorded Books, 9 hr, 32 min) read by Johanna Parker. Parker is a joy to listen to, and her portrayal of Sookie is perfection. Her accent and timing fit Sookie like a glove.
Buy Dead in the Family at a bookstore near you.
Published by Penguin USA / Ace Books, 2011
Source: Bought (see review policy)
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