Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning is the eleventh book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and a novel of Fiction from ACE.

Book Blurb:

It’s spring in Bon Temps, and for telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse, the season will turn out to be one full of secrets revealed - secrets that will bring major changes in her life...

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 once again 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 thoughts:

Wherever Sookie goes, trouble follows.  Sam’s bar is firebombed and Sookie caught a look at the attacker seconds before the flaming bottle was thrown through the window.  She is sure that it was a supe.

Then she receives word that an enemy has escaped incarceration and is more than likely headed straight for Sookie - to kill her.

If that weren’t enough, Bill is having some personal issues and comes to Sookie for advice.

Who is not asking Sookie for advice?  Eric - and Sookie knows something is up with him.  Not only is the new Regent causing trouble - which is costing Merlotte’s and Fangtasia money - but Eric and Pam are arguing - and Sookie knows it has something to do with her.

To top it all off - Sookie is hosting Tara’s baby shower - if she survives the week, that is.

I absolutely love this series. :) I am so glad Bubba made an appearance, he is one of my favorite characters in this series.  Jason did a ride by - but didn’t stop to chat, maybe he’ll get more story time next go round.

I give Dead Reckoning 4 out of 5 stars.


Paromantasy said...

Great review. I still have not read this installment and can't wait to pick it up. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I have been hearing mixed reviews. It's good to see an honest review and I do love Bubba. Wonder if they'll ever add his character to te show? That would be awesome!

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Laurie said...

Thanks for the cool review. I, too, love this series (as well as the series on HBO). I've also been reading mixed reviews on this book. So glad you liked it. By the way I'm a new follower from the Fantasy Fridays Blog Hop. I Know, It's Monday, but I just found the linky and signed up. LOL
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anachronist said...

I think the series is going to dogs but perhaps it's only me. Oh well...

Blodeuedd said...

I have gotten pretty meh about it :( I will wait until the last book and hope for a good ending. If not then no thanks

Redhead said...

man, I have GOT to start reading this series! it seems like such a guilty pleasure!

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

I love the series but, I feel like it's losing some steam. Glad you enjoyed this installment.

Michelle Greathouse said...


Thank you. :) I love the show as well and my daughter and I are counting the days until Sunday. :) I don't think they will add Bubba to the show - I think they would have done it by now. Which is sad, because he plays a fairly significant part is this latest installment. :)


Michelle Greathouse said...


Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower. I look forward to your thoughts. :)


Why do you feel that way? I admit, I've shook my head at a few things that have happened - but it is still one of my faves. :)


Not you too? It happens sometimes - we just fall out of love with a series that was once so favored. :)


The books are far less risque than the HBO series - which is basically sex, sex and more sex. :) But I love them both, for different reasons. :) I hope you get the chance to try them.


I was feeling that way too - but this installment went a long way towards revitalizing it for me. :) Too bad we don't have that many left to go. I'm hoping Sookie decides to chuck all the vamps and run off with someone new. :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone.


Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

I'm in agreement. I'm over the supes complicating her life.