Dead in the Family

Dead in the Family

Book - 2010
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The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood -continues!

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. 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 the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780441018642
0441018645
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm.

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kirstd31 Nov 08, 2017

Another great Sookie story.


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kirstd31 Nov 08, 2017

Another great Sookie story.

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mskayjack
Sep 08, 2016

#10

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

Good book. Poor Eric what alot of trouble that all was!
And as for those protesters...grrrr
good luck to the Weres!

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achanson
Aug 04, 2012

I like Sookie and Eric together.

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

I feel like there could be a book written about Sookie and Relationships/Family Issues. She favors dead guys for their lack of brain activity but also they lack familial ties. When she came across Bill and now Erik's families, so to speak, she killed them or was directly involved in their demise. She rejected Alcide because of his responsilbities to the were pack which she deemed incompatible to her way of life. She rejected Quinn because his family came first. It's all so bizarre. I love Sookie, but it's a very negative pattern for someone who claims she wants a family.

Jackers84 Dec 04, 2011

Book # 10

rubynypl Nov 10, 2011

book #10

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JKS5645
Oct 25, 2011

Started reading all the Sookie Stackhouse books long ago, and now watch True Blood. I enjoyed the earlier books much better, but it could be caused by TV confusion. I'm losing interest now, but will probably read any new ones that come out. Will definitely keep watching the series though!

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abiery
Oct 25, 2011

I wanted to really like this book, but I just didn't, despite the fact that I think it may be the most well-written so far in the series. The biggest disappointment to me is Sookie and Eric's relationship. For the first 6 books, I was dying to see them get together, and now they have, and it's just boring. It was awesome to see how Harris was able to bring out Eric's sweet and tender side, but what happened to the old Eric that was actually entertaining? Is his wit and verve just dead and gone (haha)? The rest of the story was just slow, although it did allow for more great character development for Sookie, Jason, Bill and Claude. Although that brings up another pet peeve of mine - why does she keep getting rid of great characters and replacing them with new ones I have to learn to like? I'm sure I will keep reading to find out what happens to Sookie when it's all said and done, but the last two installments haven't exactly left me waiting on the edge of my seat for more.

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Palomino
Sep 12, 2011

still fun to visit Bon Temps!

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Mahala
Sep 24, 2010

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Mahala
Sep 24, 2010

Dead in the Family" has a very appropriate title -- all sorts of family members pop up, and not just for Sookie. Charlaine Harris still can whips up a pleasant warm Southern vibe for her not-so-urban fantasies, but unfortunately this latest novel isn't quite up to her usual standards: it's basically a mass of fluffy in-between storylines that rarely go anywhere.

Just after Amelia leaves for New Orleans, Sookie's cousin Claude appears at her home and asks to move in with her, since he's a lone fairy who needs the presence of another. Bill is suffering from silver poisoning AND depression, and Sookie has to find a "relative" who can help him. And Eric has some family issues as well -- his maker Appius Livius Ocella shows up on Sookie's doorstep, along with his "son"/lover Alexei.

To make matters worse, unidentified fairies and weres have been crossing Sookie's land,, and it also turns out that there's a dead body buried back there. And it's not Debbie Pelt's. Now Sookie must unravel the secrets plaguing the supernaturals around her, or there might be even more deaths.

"Dead in the Family" feels like Charlaine Harris wrote half-a-dozen short stories, ripped them apart at the seams, and then sewed them back together. There's no central plot to this book, just a mass of fluffy subplots woven loosely around each other. And some of the stories don't really have much point to them, so the book feels cluttered and fragmented.

The saving grace is that some of those subplots ARE interesting, mainly the ones that develop the characters -- the whole subplot involving Bill and the elderly Caroline Bellefleur is quite sweet and touching, and it should be interesting to see where Harris takes the religious/political pressure on the weres. And the typically bloody climax is a pretty shocking, gruesome one, if a bit slapdash.

But Sookie's characterization is very shaky in this book -- Harris zooms through her entire recovery from being TORTURED in one chapter and initially she seems so aggressive. Fortunately she gets steadier and sunnier after the first few chapters, and it's intriguing to see her various family members interacting with her -- fae, were and telepathic human.

And there's some much-needed development given to the sexy, devil-may-care Claude (it's very cute when he's goofing around on the playground with Hunter), as well as new insights into Bill and Eric's lives and families (both living and undead).

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Mahala
Sep 24, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Mahala
Sep 24, 2010

"Just as I was thinking that this situation was too odd and to wrong, I felt a kind of blissful relaxation roll through my body, a kind of unfamiliar comfort. I was with family. I was with blood. And I slept! - Sookie

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