Sunday, 30 June 2013

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) By Charlaine Harris Review


There's a reckoning on the way ...

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. It's a job which has its own challenges, but now the vampires and the shapeshifters are finally 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!

... and Sookie has a knack for being in trouble's way; not least when she witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but before she can investigate something else - something even more dangerous - comes up.

Sookie's lover Eric Northman, and his 'child' Pam are plotting something in secret. Whatever it is, they seem determined to keep Sookie out of it; almost as determined as Sookie is to find out what's going on. She can't sit on the sidelines when both her work and her love life are under threat - but as their plans gradually become clear Sookie finds the situation is deadlier than she could ever have imagined.


Dead Reckoning is the 11th installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. In this book Sookie sure finds herself fighting for her life once again.

The storyline of Dead Reckoning kicks off not long from where the previous book left off. Sookie is bonded and married to Eric in that unique vampire style,whilet  sharing her home with her fairy relatives i.e her cousin Claude and great uncle Dermot. Eric has a new boss, whom he simply despises and Bill is seemingly happy holed up with Judith, an ex-lover and vampire who has been helping him heal from silver poisoning. However, it isn’t long before the delicate peace of Sookie's life is shattered. First Merlotte’s is firebombed, then armed goons hold-up the bar looking to kidnap her.

Eric is as aiways over-protective of Sookie but even he seems distracted. He’s arguing with Pam and won’t tell Sookie what’s wrong. Sookie suspects it has something to do with Victor, Regent of Louisiana, and Eric’s new boss. It’s odd to think of vampires having such mundane problems as hating their boss but since most vampire problems tend to have violent and bloody endings.
This left me with the satisfaction of having read another good Sookie adventure but also with an eager anticipation of greater things to come in later instalments. Fast-paced action, quirky characters and mystery, combined with truly imaginative fantasy, served up with a dash of bloody violence and romance that’s got to be the recipe for the perfect urban fantasy novel. Recommended reading for vampire fans.

Favorite Quotes

“I love you,” Bill said helplessly, as if he wished those magic words would heal me. But he knew they wouldn’t.
“That’s what you all keep saying,” I answered. “But it doesn’t seem to get me any happier.” 

“Something always turns up. It always seems darkest before the dawn. When God closes a door he opens a window. All things happen for a reason. Into every life a little rain must fall. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.”