Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
by Charlaine Harris
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Gollancz Reviewed by Autum
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 d...moreWith 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 .
We are given the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Of course with any "Sookie" book you just know there is going to be someone trying to kill, dismember, and or mame her. This book does not disappoint, well at least not in that aspect.
I like the lore into Sookie's heritage that is brought up in this book. You get some ideas into who she is and why she is like she is. It's great that we learn more about her. On the other hand the main things that stuck out in this book were things that did not impress me. The progression of the story is pretty much the same as any "Sookie" book. Sookie gets hurt, hurt some more, and for the sake of consistency, gets hurt some more. I found myself being able to predict everything in the book. Harris has gotten lazy with story progression. I felt like it was hours of waiting for something to happen, and then when something kind of happened, the book was over. It felt half done and I got nothing from reading it. This could have been more of an afterthought than an actual full novel release. The characters don't progress. The story slugs along, and I felt no true connection to the story, or characters. If fans of the Eric/Sookie hot moments are anticipating hot moments... well. I am sorry but only 1 hot moment makes it in the book. Overall I felt like Harris shoved out a half finished book with characters that don't act like themselves. This is almost a series breaker for me. So my score? 2 out of 5.
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