Monday, 20 May 2013

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) By Charlaine Harris Review


The vamps have been out for years, and now the weres and shifters have decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she's friend to the local were pack, and Sam, her boss at Merlotte's bar, is a shapeshifter.

The great revelation goes well at first - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of Merlotte's, and Sookie agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful, and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves, is preparing for war. And Sookie is an all-too-human pawn in their ages-old battle ...


As with all of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series a mystery lies at the heart of the story. In Dead and Gone it’s another dead body in the Merlotte’s parking lot. And, as is the case with previous stories, the murder turns out to be just the start of Sookie’s troubles.

Sookie has always managed to survive bad things by being straightforward and pragmatic, and in this book, those qualities are pushed to the limit, perhaps beyond the limit. Indeed, really bad things happen to Sookie in Dead and Gone, things that take the series to a much darker place than ever before. Darker, richer, more powerful than perhaps any of the other books in the series save the first, where Sookie discovered a whole new world practically in her back yard. A devastating book, one in which Sookie faces a number of life changing crossroads. 

Dead and Gone begins with the public revelation of the weres, an event that has the potential to catalyze worldwide violence. It was one thing to accept vampires, the but existence of more than one supernatural being raises many questions about how many more there might be. 
Charlaine Harris pulls her influences from a number a genres and mixes them up to create a genre and writing style that is uniquely her own. The resulting fast paced novel is written with a light touch that encourages readers to speed through the story in one-sitting .The last fifty pages of Dead and Gone make truly compulsive reading as the story reaches its climax.


“The vampire is not a bad man, and he loves you” 

“He picked some unwise words. Saying, “I’ll enjoy killing you for my lord”, is just not the way to make my acquaintance.”