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Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

: Dead Reckoning

Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse,
book 11
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ACE Books
Format: E-book
"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. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .”

Dead Reckoning is book eleven in the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris.

Sookie is at Merlotte’s when a Molotov bomb is thrown through one of the windows. It was a close call, but nobody is injured.  Sookie is almost sure this was not a human attack. But if it’s not one of the human demonstrators, who was it and why?
Sookie’s cousin Claude and her Great-uncle Dermot are still living with her. They help her clean the attic of her house. Sookie hasn’t been there since the dead of her grandmother two years ago. In one of the furniture pieces extracted from the attic she finds a letter addressed to her from her grandmother with a very especial gift.
Claude and Dermot’s intentions towards Sookie are not clear, especially Claude’s. It looks as if he has a hidden agenda.
Eric is distant from Sookie, he is keeping secrets from her and Sookie is keeping secrets from him. There is also a lot of tension between them, Sookie feels it through their bond but doesn’t know what to do about it.
When Sookie is with Eric and Pam, Pam is trying to say something to Sookie, but Eric doesn’t allow her. Sookie realizes the problem is not just with her; there is also a big tension between Pam and Eric. And it’s not just the problems with Victor; something else is going on with Eric.

Dead Reckoning was better than the previous two books in this series, but still it’s not Mrs. Harris at her best. There are conflicts, intrigues, fights and more, old characters are back and new are introduced.

There were many WTF moments, one of those was with Alcide, and other was with Sookie getting NAKED not to leave FOOTPRINTS in a house! There were also some discrepancies in the narrative like the size of Bill’s resting place.

My final thought: Dead Reckoning felt like a book in which Mrs. Harris planted many seeds for the next and last two books of this series. Secrets were told, new things were learned and others were left unsaid, awaiting the final resolution that is to come.
I’ll be sad to say good-bye to Sookie. It has been one of my first and favorites series all the time, but I think her time is more than up. I just hope Mrs. Harris can wrap it all up in a deserving manner to her fans without been swayed by what it’ll be good to the TV series.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worst
Dead and Gone
Dead in the Family
Dead Reckoning

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I'll miss Sookie, but I think Harris is right to wrap up things up. There is nothing sadder than a good series that has all the life sucked out of it, trying to keep going.

    Jen at Red Hot Books

  2. Jen. I agree with you completely. We will mourn her, but it's her time.


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