Dead In The Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine HarrisDead In The Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Dead In The Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel

byCharlaine Harris

Mass Market Paperback | March 29, 2011

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In the tenth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Sookie Stackhouse learns that not even her psychic abilities can help her solve all the problems in Bon Temps, Louisiana...

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the shifters’ coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate. Also, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side—and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry.
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She ...
Title:Dead In The Family: A Sookie Stackhouse NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 6.81 × 4.19 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:6.81 × 4.19 × 0.98 inPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This series is fun and exciting and a great escape from the stress of the world. Read them and enjoy them for the fun and fast reads that they are!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the better ones If you like Eric, then this book will appeal to you
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead in the Family All the books in this series are fun, easy reads.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Sookie! Pretty good addition. Started off slow but picked up near the end. I like Sookie and am interested to see where her story goes from here.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book 10 A must read if you are a fan of True Blood or Skokie!
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! It was a great book to read!
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit slow-moving, but still fast to read. 3.5 stars In the 10th book in the series, Sookie ends up with an unexpected houseguest in her fairy cousin, Claude. Eric also has some “family” show up out of the blue who he's not sure he wants to deal with. There is also some vampire politics that Eric is a part of. When a body shows up in Sookie's yard, she needs to figure out who put out it there and why. This one was a bit slow-moving through most of it, but I still enjoyed it. Even thought the plot didn't move very quickly, I still found it quick to read.
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best in the series Sookie Stackhouse, a small town barmaid, has survived the fairy wars but just. She had been tortured and seen a good friend, Bill Compton, almost killed. Sookie now is afraid and needs to heal physically and emotionally. Sookie tries very hard to find out how to cure Bill of silver poisoning. All it really takes is one little e-mail. WHAT??? Also the fairy wars may be over but there are still some fairies left on earth and that includes Dermot, a look-alike to Sookie's brother Jason. Dermot is supposed to be crazed and not at all on Sookie's side. Eric's maker, an ancient Roman makes his appearance with his boy toy and life is not easy Which is an understatement as Eric is also concerned with the vamp who represents the King of Louisiana, Victor who it seems also wants Sookie gone. This book left me flat. Sookie has lost her edge and frankly it is a little boring. I felt some of the story lines were a little too much. Although Eric was yummy he also seems to me to be too ego-centric for Sookie. I personally think Sam should be her man.
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from slow, boring and way too long i really like the Sookie books and usually find them fun and entertaining reads but this books was a huge disappointment. It was long for a book where nothing really ever happens. it felt like i was reading character descriptions from previous books over and over. the writing itself felt forced and the editing sloppy. i ended up ready almost 100 pages before anything interesting even happens and then the big finally was boring and uneventful. i don't know if i'll read any more of these books and currently the TV show is now definitely more entertaining than the books. which is sad. this entire story could have been told as a short story and been very entertaining. my only upside to the entire book was that at least i didn't waste money on the hardcover. if i do read the next book in the series i will borrow it from a friend (if any bother to buy it).
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So great Great Series! Although I can't say i like Sookie so much, she kind of seems self-centered. There is just something about how. However, I love her adventures!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great weekend read! Since all of my Sookie Stackhouse books are of the paperback variety, I had to wait for almost a year to read Harris' latest book. In the meantime, I heard and read reviews that Dead In The Family was not very good. On the contrary, while not one of her best, Harris' advances the stories of Sookie's complex life: part fae, vampire boyfriend, shifter boss, werepanther brother and more. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, even if it does not have the action of previous books.
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from slowest of the series Ok, so i really love Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Novels. This one was by far the slowest story of the bunch. The action isn't as graphic as all her other books. Another aspect of the story i didn't understand was the part about Vampire Bill's past. In the first novel he dies in the Civil War, but in this book, he was taken away by force from his family by Lorena at his home...that unfortunately doesn't make any sense. Also, i thought Goderic was Eric's maker, but some how in this story Appius Livius Ocella is his maker...what? The writing of the slangs she uses was written differently also, for example "Y'all" was spelt "you-all", to me it took out a little bit of the southern feel to the book. In the end, it was an okay book. It's still part of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels which i love, and i'm curious on how they'll incorporate this story in the True Blood TV series.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BLECH! I did not like this book. AT. ALL. I used to LOVE this series, but this is the second book in a row that fell way below expectations. In this latest installment, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, happens to move the story along. I feel like this book had no point and was simply published to make money. I am deeply disappointed.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from SLOW Let's start with - I love this series. However, nothing really happened in this book. I felt like it was a bit of a fluff piece. I appreciate all the different family drama's that happened with the characters family members, but I feel like that could have been written around a more engaging plot. I was looking forward to this book and was disappointed.
Date published: 2010-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not miss this last one! The latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series... I could simply not put it down. I read all night so I could finish it and then I felt hollow because there was no more to read. I want more! I'm definitely a big fan of Charlaine Harris.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good....But Not My Favorite When I first came upon a Sookie Stackhouse novel in the bookstore I was put off by the covers. I try not to judge a book by it's cover but I have never been drawn to "cartoonish" book jackets and so I passed up on this series far to many times. When I watched the first episode of True Blood on HBO I was immediately hooked and from the very first chapter of the first book I was became a devoted fan of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series. I received a copy of the tenth book in the series, Dead In The Family a week before its release date courtesy of Penguin Group Canada. I am not in the least bit ashamed to admit that when I opened up the thick manila envelope and found the newest Sookie book inside I jumped up and down like a school girl. From start to finish I devoured this book within the day and although it doesn't measure up to my favorite Sookie book (Dead To The World Book 4) it was a very entertaining read and has temporarily provided me with my Sookie fix. As always I immensely enjoyed Charlaine Harris's writing style. I love the flow of her writing and how through the smooth and often humourous inner dialogue and interaction between character, the personalities of Sookie and the gang truly pop off the page and come alive. I had hoped for a little more steamy "romantic" scenes between Sookie and the delicious Eric Northman but things got a little complicated between Eric and Sookie due to some unexpected guests to the town of Bon Temps. I did feel like the plot of this book wasn't as complex as I would have liked. In this novel the focus wasn't on one particular character or event but rather a little bit on multiple ones. Throughout the chapters you get exposed to another side of Sookie's Faery cousin Claude who comes to Sookie for help after the death of Claudine. I particularly enjoyed the development of Sookie's relationship to one of her remaining family members as well as a scene where Sookie comes to the aid of Alicde Herveaux, the Alpha of Shreveport werewolf pack. Overall I did enjoy this book but I felt it lacked some of the spunk, pizzazz and drama of the previous Sookie novels. If your a fan of the Sookie series I am fairly certain that you won't be disappointed as Charlaine Harris just can't write a bad novel but she sets the bar very high for herself and this one just didn't quite meet my expectations. Regardless I am an unshakable and devoted fan of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series and the long wait until the next book is released stretches before me and all of her devoted fans.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I really liked the latest installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really enjoyed reading about Hunter's brief stay in Sookie's house and his reaction to the supernatural. I would have loved to see his reaction to Sam turning into his Collie form though I think that would have been good for a laugh!
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit of a supernatural hangover **Spoilers for previous books... No spoilers for Dead in the Family** Dead in the Family is the 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and definitely wasn’t my favourite instalment in the series. It all starts out slow with Sookie healing physically and emotionally from being tortured by a couple of dark and demented fairies. The fae war maybe over in Bon Temps, but the damage seems to be lingering forever. Sookie seems depressed, boring and confused. Even with the heavenly hot being, Eric Northman as her lover the Sookie storyline is just not that exciting. Eric is struggling to keep his position in the vampire world of politics. She also still feels conflicted in her real feelings for Eric, whether it’s the blood bond that makes their feelings strong or if it’s natural chemistry. Who really cares when you can climb a magnificent species like Mr. Northman? With that said, we do get some new blood in town which does switch things up a tiny bit. But with new blood comes more problems, and more bodies. Their lame drama aside, the two natured beings (shapeshifters) of the book are coping with their own problems since they came out of the closet to the rest of the world. Like anything else different in civilization that has come the human’s way, they’ve separated them and made them feel different. Now the government wants to keep tabs on all things two natured, separating them from every other US citizen. This of course doesn’t go over smoothly, and offends the two natured ones one way or another. With the government taking different strides, it just unsettles the rest of US citizens to be uncomfortable around the new kid in school. And, of course, all the supes have new enemies, which Sookie’s world never seems to run out of. Aside from the familiar characters and some witty dialogue that always induces a laugh, Dead in the family didn’t really seem to peak at any point. It just felt like a flat run. Disappointing? Yes. I’ve come to expect much more from this series that I’ve fallen for over and over again. Being the 10th book, I understand an author can run out of fresh ideas. Hopefully the next book makes up for this one, since this just felt like a filler book. I really don’t think I can handle another fake climax, if you catch my drift. If you’re a lover of the series, you’ll tolerate this instalment, and since there was some conversation dedicated to M/M lovers I’m very forgiving and will say this wasn’t a complete waste of money or time.
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it After the world-altering events of Dead and Gone (book #9), there's still a lot of unrest and upset in Sookie's life. The Fairies and the Weres are displeased because both sides have suffered losses that tie back to Sookie in one way or another. Being married to Eric comes with it's own set of problems as well. Who knew in-laws would be a part of the package? Though not as high-stakes as some of the other Southern Vampires books, I loved Dead in the Family. It's a nice change of pace for Sookie to go almost an entire book without being seriously injured, and her life was only threatened once in this story! While I was sad to see Amelia go, I absolutely love Claude as Sookie's new roommate and I hope they continue on with this arrangement. I'm not all that hyped about Sookie and Eric's marriage, only because it doesn't seem like something that Sookie has chosen, or would even choose again if she had the option. But as a means of helping keep Sookie safe, I can see the value in it. Personally, I like to have a bit more Bill in my Sookie stories, but I did enjoy the set-up with Bill's sister, and I'm intrigued with where the Bill/Judith story will go in the next volume. It was nice to see Sookie and Jason finally working together in the supernatural battle that seems to be their life, I hope we get to see their relationship continue to build in a positive way. Dead in the Family makes another great installment in the Southern Vampire series! I'm just sad to have to wait for more.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harris Can do No Wrong Another great read ! Number ten is a special number for everyone. Less sex, more story, adventure and background information. It goes by in a whirl of mini stories that come together beautifully in the end. Great ground work for yet another installment (I hope!)
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was okay! Tenth book of the Sookie Stackhouse Series. It is hard to summarize this book as the story did not have much of a plot for me and just some character development and some steamy sex scenes. Still a light and fun read just not as enjoyable as the other books in the series. It made me wonder if Charlaine Harris has been watching True Blood and has influenced her writing somehow?
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Liked it as much as other Sookie novels but a little dissapointed by the fact that Eric wasn't very present.
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book, then again I've enjoyed all the Sookie books. I'm always so disappointed when I finish one. I like finding out more about Eric, I've loved him from the start. It's nice to see Sookie and Jason bonding as well.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I love the Sookie series! All the books, until now, have been leaving you wanting more. This book was hard to get through! I found that it didn't really add anything new, it just finished up some left over plots. I hope that the next one is more like the others with a gripping story line!
Date published: 2010-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read :) I liked this book alot better the the last two books in the series. It was refreshing to see the old Sookie that we all knew and loved. I loved the new side of Eric. I give it two thumbs up :)
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Liked It! Yet, another good book for the Sookie Stackhouse series. I especially enjoyed the fact that Sookie's character is developed even more in this book. Not only is her character developed, but so has Eric's, he actually has emotions and we get to know him a bit better. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next? How will they deal with the new King and his underlings? Will Eric and Sookie remain an item or will her thoughts of having a baby reveal to her that maybe there is someone else meant for her? I often wonder who she'll utimately end up with Eric, Sam, Alcide, Bill or will Quinn enter the storyline again? One thing's for sure I intend to keep reading Charlaine Harris' series all the way to it's conclusion:) I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the supernatural, romance, sex and mystery.
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a good one! The best Sookie novel since Dead to the World! There has been so much build up to this book I almost gave up after the previous installment; however, this was truly worth the wait. An addictive wonderful and pure escapist fun at its best!
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointing I waited so long to read this and I was so disappointed with it. No much happens in this book, it just plods along. There doesn't seem to be much purpose to it other than to go over what has happened in the series so far. I was expecting this to happen because long series' usually start to go bad eventually. If you read the rest of the series, don't bother with this one, your not missing anything
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead in the Family The Southern Vampire Series is simply amazing! when I started the series the first book i read was Dead as a Doornail the 5th book in the series, then I read the first 4 and continued it to this book. I loved this series even before the show came out and will continue to read these books until Charlaine Harris stops writing. I love True Blood but i would rather re-read the books and indulge in the brilliance of this series. Charlaine Harris is on my top list of authors right beside Anne Rice. Dead in the Family was exactly what i expected it to be: surprising, family oriented and just awesome!
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I thought that this book was going to be worth the wait but I was very disappointed. I found it that it took too long for the story to pick up, I found the book to be quite dull. I was expecting the relationship between Sookie and Eric to take off and not be at a stand still. The only exciting moment of the book was at the end and even that moment was not very exciting. I have just started reading the Sookie Stackhouse series this year and I was not able to put these books down until now. It took me a while to finish this book because it did not keep my interest. I hope that the next book will make up for this one.
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Worth The Wait! I truly enjoyed the "Sookie Stackhouse" collection of books. I read them all one after another and thought they were great. I waited for months for the next installment and was over joyed when it came out. That was until I read it; I really expected more from the book. I didn't feel that it had the usual "Zest" that the previous "Sookie Stackhouse" books had.
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite the usual... Like many other readers, I have mixed feelings about this book. Although it starts off pretty good, in the usual fast pace filled with action, most of the book is slow and filled with mundane stuff. The Sookie Stackhouse series has always had some description of Sookie's everyday life, but this 10th book feels like it has a bigger "filler to action" ratio. There is definitely not a lack of potential, don't take me wrong. Harris has started many potentially interesting plots in this book, but ended up with too many of them. It wasn't clear all the way through which plot is the main one and which are secondary. Even after reading the whole book I am still unsure. Harris has set-up many characters with different stories, some of which surprisingly didn't get wrapped-up by the end of the book. The "Dead in the Family" part of the book is very very predictable, which disappointed me a little bit. I think the Dead in the Family plot would have been a great short story. The book would probably have better if Harris and her editor took out the Dead in the Family, and only concentrated on the Were's plot and the Vampire politics plot as the 2 main stories and kept some of the smaller side stories. Despite all the negative things I had to say, this not a bad book. I plowed through it really fast and couldn't get enough, as with all the Sookie books I have read in the past. Will the next Sookie novel be the last? I am definetly looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Filler Book! Every serries of this length has to have a book here and there that kind of fills in all the holes and begin a new plot, thats exactly what this book was to me but regardless, I REALLY enjoyed it and I will take whatever I can get with this serries! I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dud Don't bother with this book. You are not missing much. You can summarize the whole book in 3 sentences. I am VERY disappointed, normally Charlaine Harris is a great writer, I don't know what her editor was thinking letting the book get published this way. Oh well, better luck next time Charlaine!
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally some real Eric/ Sookie Action This book got mixed reviews and I can understand why. I would like to start off by saying i did enjoy the book a lot. It had all of the great dialogue and interesting plot twists that I've come to expect from Charlaine Harris, but the reason it wasn't as good as some of the other books in the series was that it wasn't an entirely fresh plot. At the end of Dead And Gone, there were a lot of loose ends that Dead in the Family needed to tie up in a plausible way, and I do believe that the only way to do that was to extend some of the plot from D&G to this book, while still injecting fresh new ideas in. I definitely think that this book had to turn out like this for the integrity of the series, because with an ongoing series like this, eventually there needs to be a "transition" type book (if thats the wordI mean?) where things are clarified. I also don't think I would have enjoyed Dead and Gone as much if she had explained everything at the end of it. All in all, i still quite enjoyed the book. There really are some great Eric and Sookie moments, and it shed a bit more light on to Pam. The ending did feel a bit rushed, but not overly so. Definitely a good read!
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best of the series Dead in the Family is the 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. After the last book we find Sookie still coming to terms with the mental and physical torture she encountered. She wants to heal and is working very hard. She has accepted a relationship with her "husband" Viking vampire Eric. He is finding it very hard being sheriff in his area because of the new vampire king. To make matters worse his maker shows up with his "brother" who is a crazy teenage vampire. After Feary was closed we find out that some fae are still around and one of them still hates Sookie. Sookie is also drawn into the world of the shifters and she is thrown into a dangerous debate. I had very high expectations for this book. This series is one of my favourites, but this book is not in my top favourites in the series. It was a good read, but very fast paced and I felt things that should have been addressed weren't. Like her marriage to Eric again she complains but never does anything. Or her wanting to break the blood bond to see if her and Eric's relationship is based on the bond but she never follows through with getting information. Or the ending, I found that ridiculous and not something Sookie would have done. I found this book raised more questions than answered. I still love all the characters especially Eric and Pam. It was a good Sookie read but not one of the best of the series. I find there is something missing in the last few Sookie books. Maybe the series is at that point that it should end or maybe it’s the whole True Blood thing and Mrs Harris has too much on her plate.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Aftermath After the emotional upheaval of the previous book, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family feels like the aftermath of a storm where everyone is just a bit shell-shocked and wandering aimlessly wondering what to do next. Although quite a bit happens in this book, it feels more like a bit of a bridge - a book that ties up loose ends left over from previous books while hopefully laying some ground work for future books. Now that the Fae War is over and the door between realms apparently shut and locked tight, Sookie is just barely beginning to heal from the wounds she suffered at the hands of the fae. Down, but not out - it takes a lot more than a faerie war and vampire politics to knock her out - Sookie has been changed by the events of the previous book. The lighthearted Sookie who always tried to see the best in people and knew a better day was just around the corner has paid a price for being alive. It’s not merely a loss of innocence, but rather an acquisition of experience that has shaken the foundations on which her whole world had previously been built. Sookie's moral and ethical values are in flux, even as she becomes bolder and more fleshed out as a character and a person. Eric, is also facing his own challenges. Victor, the new vampire king’s eyes and ears in Louisiana, appears to want to be more than Felipe’s right hand vamp. Eric, as the most powerful sheriff of the most important territory, is now a target of Victor’s simmering ambition. And if that situation was not unsettling enough, he must accommodate an unannounced – and unwanted – visit from a very influential figure from his past. I had the most difficulty with the changes in Eric's character in this book. We see him at his most vulnerable and I think I had a hard time reconciling this Eric, with the Eric I love to watch on True Blood, the show based on this series. Though not as intensely action-packed as most of the Sookie books, it is a solid follow-up to Dead and Gone. The exploration of family in its many human and undead variations is intriguing, and Harris delivers her usual mix of eccentric characters and engaging subplots. 2010-101
Date published: 2010-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have been looking forward to this book since I read the rest of the series last summer however I was disappointed. I would say anybody who is a fan of the Sookie series wait until it's released on softcover because it's not worth the hardcover price. The story was lacking the humour, excitement and action of the rest of the books and there were a lot of plot lines started with very little resolved by the end. Basically this book seemed like a filler for the next one in the series by introducing new things that will be resolved later (I hope). All in all it was disappointing to have waited so long just to be let down by one of my favourite authors.
Date published: 2010-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from she hasn't lost her touch yet I loved this book. I know it was slower paced than other books but Sookie's life can't be crazy 24/7. I liked that this was more about strengthening her relationships, especially with Claude, Jason and Eric. I loved seeing more of Eric's emotions. I feel like book 9 was a bit aimless but that Harris has tied up loose ends here and has done a lot more character development rather than thrown everyone into action. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I think that a relatively calm mood is just what the series needed at this point.
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok... I really love this series and was really excited when this book came out! But i got to say that i was disappointed... it just didn't keep my attention like all of the other books... it was slow and kind of boring. I hope the next one is better!
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been wayyyy better but still pretty good. There will be some spoilers in the review so if you don't want to know what happens, don't read. I am not revealing the ending or anything, but I do reveal a few things.****** I love the sookie series as it is one of my favorites but after the first eight books it seems that Charlaine is running out of ideas. There is a great storyline here but it is slow and there is very little action. Harris should take a much needed break from this series, work on something else and return to it when she has something concrete. I loved that Hunter was inserted in the story because there is something to be developed in the story. gives a chance to sookie to be somewhat of a caregiver. I loved that sookie explored the idea of becoming a vampire. She doesn't seem averted against it like in previous books. Bill should be taken out of the story since this storyline is stale. He is her past and he should go. Hopefully his reunion with someone from the past will end his relationship with Sookie. Eric and Sookie's relationship should have been sizzling hot but Harris doesn't explore the relationship the way it should have been explored but there are alot of tender moments and I love how her friendship with Pam deepened, as did her friendship with Claude, her fae cousin. So there are many great things in this new installement but this book would have been wayyyyyyy bette
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition to Series! I was so looking forward to this book and it didn't disappoint! I thought there was just enough action, drama and story to keep me going. I read it within a day and felt completely satisfied at the end. We get to see Sookie recovering from her traumatising experience with the fairies and coming to terms with her feelings for Eric. We also see the development of her relationship with Jason as well as Pam and also Claude. I thought the book flowed quite nicely. I do wish Niall had cleared up which vampire he was referring to (in regards to the end of Dead and Gone) but as Eric featured mostly in this book with very little Bill, perhaps that is the giveaway there? I also think this book illustrates for the first time how well suited Eric and Sookie are for each other. Unlike her past relationships (Bill, Quinn, possibly Alcide), Eric and Sookie seem really in sync and "right." Let us just hope Charlaine stops switching Sookie around from partner to partner and leaves her with Eric for the final 3 books. I also enjoyed that Pam was in this book a lot as she is one of my favourite characters. So, although I can see where some reviewers are coming from in terms of less action that previous books, I dont think this took away from the book in any way. There were mysteries throughout, but more importantly, we get Eric's back story as well as Bill's (very different from the TV Show). We also see Sookie change into a stronger, more cautious woman who is still trying to find out who she is and what she is about. She has trust issues, but she is still kind, compassionate and funny and a joy to read about! I can't wait for the next book!!!
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Addition Dead in the Family is the 10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. We learn a lot more about Eric’s background, with an appearance by someone from his past that threatens his relationship with Sookie. On top of that, Eric is still coming to terms with the new vampire king of Lousiana. There are also a lot more of the shifters due to them coming out & the government wanting to make them register as such. Claude & Sookie develop a relationship since the passing of his sister Claudine has left him trying to feel more human, since he’s stuck on the human side of the fence now that the entry-way to faerie has been closed. All due to the fairy war that killed his sister. He’s trying really hard to be more human & compassionate, but it’s Claude & you know he always has an ulterior motive. There is also one fairy who may have been left behind & he isn’t a fan of Sookie’s. There’s also Bill, who is really struggling after being silver poisoned. The book is named Dead in the Family for a reason, as family plays a big part in this book. Sookie has changed big time, she’s been through so much & is just trying to get past it all. But it’s made her much stronger & she even has some snark in her. Honestly, I didn’t remember much at all about the ninth book in the series other than we lost Claudine & that there was a fairy war. So it was refreshing to read Dead in the Family, it was kinda like a restart to the series but it reminded you of what happened & tied up the loose ends from the previous book. But it also sets you up for the next book in the series, something big’s going to go down for sure. There was even a mention of the True Blood theme song playing in Merlotte’s, which honestly I could have done without. I’d rather the series not move into the TV show, because there are continuity errors in terms of Eric’s maker in this book (if we are following the TV show, he has a different maker). But it was a bit funny to see it mentioned. I found Dead in the Family lacked the action the previous books had, while there was action it was spread out & quickly resolved in the end. I could have done with some more action. It was kind of like getting little bits of information about all of Sookie’s friends, a bit too much backstory for my liking. Hopefully it’s setting up for the next book in the series. If you haven’t read the series, this is not the book for you. But if you are a fan of the series, this book is kinda the calm before the storm. A nice addition to the series, but it won’t shock you.
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be a Blockbuster The complete chapter one preview is in the back of the new paperback edition of Dead and Gone. HUGE plot and character revelations in just the first few pages. Can't wait for May.
Date published: 2010-04-08

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MarchThe First Week “I feel bad that I’m leaving you like this,” Amelia said. Her eyes were puffy and red. They’d been that way, off and on, ever since Tray Dawson’s funeral. “You have to do what you have to do,” I said, giving her a very bright smile. I could read the guilt and shame and ever-present grief roiling around Amelia’s mind in a ball of darkness. “I’m lots better,” I reassured her. I could hear myself babbling cheerfully along, but I couldn’t seem to stop. “I’m walking okay, and the holes are all filled in. See how much better?” I pulled down my jeans waistband to show her a spot that had been bitten out. The teeth marks were hardly perceptible, though the skin wasn’t quite smooth and was visibly paler than the surrounding flesh. If I hadn’t had a huge dose of vampire blood, the scar would’ve looked like a shark had bitten me. Amelia glanced down and hastily away, as if she couldn’t bear to see the evidence of the attack. “It’s just that Octavia keeps e-mailing me and telling me I need to come home and accept my judgment from the witches’ council, or what’s left of it,” she said in a rush. “And I need to check all the repairs to my house. And since there are a few tourists again, and people returning and rebuilding, the magic store’s reopened. I can work there part-time. Plus, as much as I love you and I love living here, since Tray died...” “Believe me, I understand.” We’d gone over this a few times. “It’s not that I blame you,” Amelia said, trying to catch my eyes. She really didn’t blame me. Since I could read her mind, I knew she was telling me the truth. Even I didn’t totally blame myself, somewhat to my surprise. It was true that Tray Dawson, Amelia’s lover and a Were, had been killed while he’d been acting as my bodyguard. It was true that I’d requested a bodyguard from the Were pack nearest me because they owed me a favor and my life needed guarding. However, I’d been present at the death of Tray Dawson at the hands of a sword-wielding fairy, and I knew who was responsible. So I didn’t feel guilty, exactly. But I felt heartsick about losing Tray, on top of all the other horrors. My cousin Claudine, a full-blooded fairy, had also died in the Fae War, and since she’d been my real, true fairy godmother, I missed her in a lot of ways. And she’d been pregnant. I had a lot of pain and regret of all kinds, physical and mental. While Amelia carried an armful of clothes downstairs, I stood in her bedroom, gathering myself. Then I braced my shoulders and lifted a box of bathroom odds and ends. I descended the stairs carefully and slowly, and I made my way out to her car. She turned from depositing the clothes across the boxes already stowed in her trunk. “You shouldn’t be doing that!” she said, all anxious concern. “You’re not healed yet.” “I’m fine.” “Not hardly. You always jump when someone comes into the room and surprises you, and I can tell your wrists hurt,” she said. She grabbed the box and slid it into the backseat. “You still favor that left leg, and you still ache when it rains. Despite all that vamp blood.” “The jumpiness’ll get better. As time passes, it won’t be so fresh and at the front of my mind,” I told Amelia. (If telepathy had taught me anything, it was that people could bury the most serious and painful of memories, if you gave them enough time and distraction.) “The blood is not just any vampire’s. It’s Eric’s blood. It’s strong stuff. And my wrists are a lot better.” I didn’t mention that the nerves were jumping around in them like hot snakes just at this moment, a result of their having been tied together tightly for several hours. Dr. Ludwig, physician to the supernatural, had told me the nerves — and the wrists — would be back to normal, eventually. “Yeah, speaking of the blood . . .” Amelia took a deep breath and steeled herself to say something she knew I wouldn’t like. Since I heard it before she actually voiced it, I was able to brace myself. “Had you thought about... Sookie, you didn’t ask me, but I think you better not have any more of Eric’s blood. I mean, I know he’s your man, but you got to think about the consequences. Sometimes people get flipped by accident. It’s not like it’s a math equation.” Though I appreciated Amelia’s concern, she’d trespassed into private territory. “We don’t swap,” I said. Much. “He just has a sip from me at, you know . . . the happy moment.” These days Eric was having a lot more happy moments than I was, sadly. I kept hoping the bedroom magic would return; if any male could perform sexual healing, that male would be Eric. Amelia smiled, which was what I’d been aiming for. “At least...” She turned away without finishing the sentence, but she was thinking, At least you feel like having sex. I didn’t so much feel like having sex as I felt like I ought to keep trying to enjoy it, but I definitely didn’t want to discuss that. My ability to cast aside control, which is the key to good sex, had been pinched out of existence during the torture. I’d been absolutely helpless. I could only hope that I’d recover in that area, too. I knew Eric could feel my lack of completion. He’d asked me several times if I was sure I wanted to engage in sex. Nearly every time, I said yes, operating on the bicycle theory. Yes, I’d fallen off. But I was always willing to try to ride it again. “So, how’s the relationship doing?” she said. “Aside from the whoopee.” Every last thing was in Amelia’s car. She was stalling, dreading the moment when she actually got into her car and drove away. It was only pride that was keeping me from bawling all over her. “I think we’re getting along pretty well,” I said with a great effort at sounding cheerful. “I’m still not sure what I feel as opposed to what the bond is making me feel.” It was kind of nice to be able to talk about my supernatural connection to Eric, as well as my regular old man-woman attraction. Even before my injuries during the Fae War, Eric and I had established what the vampires called a blood bond, since we’d exchanged blood several times. I could sense Eric’s general location and his mood, and he could feel the same things about me. He was always faintly present in the back of my mind — sort of like turning on a fan or an air filter to provide a little buzz of noise that would help you get to sleep. (It was good for me that Eric slept all day, because I could be by myself at least part of the time. Maybe he felt the same way after I went to bed at night?) It wasn’t like I heard voices in my head or anything — at least no more than usual. But if I felt happy, I had to check to make sure it was me and not Eric who felt happy. Likewise for anger; Eric was big on anger, controlled and carefully banked anger, especially lately. Maybe he was getting that from me. I was pretty full of anger myself these days. I’d forgotten all about Amelia. I’d stepped right into my own trough of depression. She snapped me out of it. “That’s just a big fat excuse,” she said tartly. “Come on, Sookie. You love him, or you don’t. Don’t keep putting off thinking about it by blaming everything on your bond. Wah, wah, wah. If you hate the bond so much, why haven’t you explored how you can get free of it?” She took in the expression on my face, and the irritation faded out of her own. “Do you want me to ask Octavia?” she asked in a milder voice. “If anyone would know, she would.” “Yes, I’d like to find out,” I said, after a moment. I took a deep breath. “You’re right, I guess. I’ve been so depressed I’ve put off making any decisions, or acting on the ones I’ve already made. Eric’s one of a kind. But I find him . . . a little overwhelming.” He was a strong personality, and he was used to being the big fish in the pond. He also knew he had infinite time ahead of him. I did not. He hadn’t brought that up yet, but sooner or later, he would. “Overwhelming or not, I love him,” I continued. I’d never said it out loud. “And I guess that’s the bottom line.” “I guess it is.” Amelia tried to smile at me, but it was a woeful attempt. “Listen, you keep that up, the self-knowledge thing.” She stood for a moment, her expression frozen into the half smile. “Well, Sook, I better get on the road. My dad’s expecting me. He’ll be all up in my business the minute I get back to New Orleans.” Amelia’s dad was rich, powerful, and had no belief in Amelia’s power at all. He was very wrong not to respect her witchcraft. Amelia had been born with the potential for the power in her, as every true witch is. Once Amelia had some more training and discipline, she was going to be really scary — scary on purpose, rather than because of the drastic nature of her mistakes. I hoped her mentor, Octavia, had a program in place to develop and train Amelia’s talent. After I waved Amelia down the driveway, the broad smile dropped from my face. I sat on the porch steps and cried. It didn’t take much for me to be in tears these days, and my friend’s departure was just the trigger now. There was so much to weep about. My sister-in-law, Crystal, had been murdered. My brother’s friend Mel had been executed. Tray and Claudine and Clancy the vampire had been killed in the line of duty. Since both Crystal and Claudine had been pregnant, that added two more deaths to the list. Probably that should have made me long for peace above all else. But instead of turning into the Bon Temps Gandhi, in my heart I held the knowledge that there were plenty of people I wanted dead. I wasn’t directly responsible for most of the deaths that were scattered in my wake, but I was haunted by the feeling that none of them would have happened if it weren’t for me. In my darkest moments — and this was one of them — I wondered if my life was worth the price that had been paid for it.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels“It’s the kind of book you look forward to reading before you go to bed, thinking you’re only going to read one chapter, and then you end up reading seven.”—Alan Ball, executive producer of True Blood“Vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of southern life.”—Entertainment Weekly“Charlaine Harris has vividly imagined telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse and her small-town Louisiana milieu, where humans, vampires, shapeshifters, and other sentient critters live...Her mash-up of genres is delightful, taking elements from mysteries, horror stories, and romances.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“The series continues to be inventive and funny with an engaging, smart, and sexy heroine.”—The Denver Post“Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures.”—The Toronto Star