Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Book Details
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Paperback, 320 pages
2009, Ace Trade
ISBN: 0441018300
Series: Book 5 of Southern Vampire Mysteries

Sookie Stackhouse just can't seem to stay away from the supernatural denizens of Bon Temps, Louisiana. In Dead to the World (2004), she found herself embroiled in vampire politics; this time around, she's involved in the machinations of the Were-people, whose pack leader has just passed away. -Alcide Herveaux asks her to accompany him to the funeral, where Alcide's father declares his candidacy against a slimy, calculating rival. Angry at being drawn into the conflict, Sookie can't distance herself entirely, because a sniper has been taking shots at Were-people, and the community suspects Sookie's brother, Jason, a new shape-shifter. Sookie's love life is every bit as complicated as usual, and her collection of would-be beaux continues to grow. Also, someone wants her dead, which she learns when an assailant sets fire to her beloved house.

Wow, just wow! Dead as a Doornail had lots of action, lots of mystery and more than a few surprises. There was a lot of interesting shape-shifter focus in this novel and I am finding myself quite intrigued by the growing fairy storyline. Sookie is getting close with a couple of different men and I'm really wondering who she'll chose and where it'll go. My interest in Alcide is completely over after reading this but I am very glad that Eric is back to being Eric. Dead as a Doornail answered a lot of questions but presented even more new questions to wonder about. This was one highly entertaining Southern Vampire novel.


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  1. Great review! The Sookie Stackhouse books are one of my all-time favourites!

  2. The fairy storyline only gets better! :) I remember feeling the same way about Sookie's various suitors. There are many directions she can go in, throughout this book.