Friday, January 22, 2010

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Book Details
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Hardcover, 312 pages
2009, Ace Hardcover
ISBN: 0441017150
Series: Book 9 of Southern Vampire Mysteries

The Louisiana town of Bon Temps—along with the rest of the world—is about to be rocked with some big supernatural news: like the vampires before them, the Were people—humans with the ability to change into animals—are about to reveal themselves to humanity. Psychic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse is apprehensive about the revelation, given the way some people in the small town revile anyone with extraordinary powers, including Sookie herself. While the initial announcement seems to go over smoothly with most people, tragedy strikes when Sookie’s brother Jason’s estranged wife, a werepanther, is found murdered and nailed up on a cross. Jason is the prime suspect, but Sookie has even bigger problems to deal with when she learns that a vicious fairy prince is determined to kill her.

I can only describe Dead and Gone as jaw-dropping. I read the entire book with my mouth hanging open, utterly shocked at what was going on. The book started out with the great reveal of the weres and shapeshifters, but was ultimately focused on the faeries. Filled with so much action, so much tension, so much heart-breaking sadness and in the end, so many questions that need answers. While I enjoyed Eric, as always and especially now that he and Sookie are getting close, I found myself actually worried about Bill. I never imagined that could happen. After losing so many wonderful and important characters, what could Charlaine Harris possibly do to us next? I did not like the way this book turned out, but my reaction to it was so powerfully emotional that it felt like it had to be the way it was written. Dead and Gone was bloody, tragic and somehow wonderful. Where can Sookie go from here?


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  1. Your review makes me want to speed through the whole series so that I can read this book! Great review :)

  2. Awesome review. I remember feeling the same way after I read this book. I was totally shocked and thought "where can we go from here?" I love the heavier focus on the fairies as well. Harris sure does know how to weave a tale! :)