Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Book Review: Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #5)

Sookie's got just a month, before the next full moon, to find out who wants her brother dead - and to stop the fiend! Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She can deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population. She afraid not just because Jason's at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect Jason may be the shooter. Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks - unless the killer decides to find her first. 

My Review:
This review contains spoilers!

A sniper is on the loose around Bon Temps, targeting weres. Heather is dead, Calvin and Sam have been shot and the were-panthers suspect that Jason is behind it, as he was turned without his consent. Sookie is trying to clear her brother's name, help Tara with her psycho vampire boyfriend Mickey and avoid the PI who is investigating Debbie's disappearance. Alcide then gets her involved in pack politics and the new pack leader Patrick is not her biggest fan. Then Sookie realises that someone is seriously trying to kill her.

Alcide really annoys me with his attitude in this book, using Sookie and getting her to take sides in the leadership contest without her knowledge. It's a mean trick from a so-called friend and gets her on Patrick's shit list immediately. I'm so glad he and Sookie are not dating! I liked Alcide at first but he is really getting on my last nerve, treating her like a toy and taking advantage of her nature. Blaming her for what happens to his father in the pack fight was spiteful and mean as she never asked to be used in the first place. When he and Bill get into a pissing contest over her, even Sookie sees red as her relationships with Sam and Eric are not their business. I liked Calvin though I don't see him as a potential partner and neither does Sookie. On the plus side is the wonderful Claudine, Sookie's new fairy godmother who has to do quite a bit of saving to stop her getting killed in a house fire. The other new character is the swashbuckling vampire Charles who is loaned to the bar while Sam is out of action by Eric. I wasn't too sure of him through the book. Pam and Bubba provide the laughs as usual.

It turns out that the sniper is a disgruntled part-were who is jealous of full weres. The attacks on Sookie, including the shooting of Sam, were carried out by a Eric's new barman on behalf of someone with a grudge against Eric, due to his interest in Sookie. Isn't it great when your friends keep getting you into trouble! Poor Sookie!

Eric is still trying to find out what happened when he was staying with Sookie but she is refusing to tell him. He suspects that they had sex and wants to remember it. Ah come on Sookie, just tell him! You two belong together-unless you follow my earlier advice and hook up with Sam!
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