Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

5 May

Dead Reckoning

“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 divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realizes 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…”

My review of Dead Reckoning is going to be short and sweet. This being book #11 in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries series, I don’t really feel the need to provide much back story. With that said, if you are spoiler-phobic, don’t read what lies below.

I had high hopes for Dead Reckoning after reading quite a few 4.5 and 5 star reviews the week leading up to publication. While the book is definitely an improvement over the last 2–Books # 9 and 10, which felt like plot “filler” –by the end of the book, I wasn’t that impressed with where the overall story is leading.

The two main mysteries/problems in the book seem to be tied up too neatly. The main antagonist in Sookie’s personal drama was predictable. And Sookie herself seems to have become someone tired, desperately in need of a vacation, and sadly, a bit judgmental in her old age. She has always been a slightly conservative Southern woman (funny for someone who dates supernatural creatures), but again and again I got the opinion that Sookie needs to get off of her high horse.

The males in the story didn’t fare much better. I found the “nearly every male in her life continually disappoints and lets Sookie down” plot boring. Honestly, at this point, I’m rooting for Sookie to either end up living HEA with Sam (who just barely makes it out of the above category), or alone. Jason was the only non-screwed up male in this book, which was probably because he’s barely in the story!

All in all, the fairy drama, and vampire politics have grown tiring. Parts of the book seemed to drag and go nowhere. And the completely unnecessary info dumps regarding Sookie’s “disability” and character background information (If you are unaware who Bubba is by book 11, STOP READING THIS SERIES) distracted me and took me out of the book.

If you truly love this series and world, like I do, then keep reading. Supposedly, everything ends with book #13. Unless #12 ends up advancing the overall plot light years ahead of where it currently lies, I have a feeling future books in this series will be for hardcore Sookie fans only.

3/5 Stars.
I purchased Dead Reckoning myself, via Amazon.

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One Response to “Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris”

  1. thereadingdate May 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM #

    I’m about halfway through the audiobook of this now and I agree with you that it is slow going. I’m glad that she is wrapping up the series – it is time.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. I’m curious to see how this series will end.

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